Thursday, January 26, 2006

Be a rebel...

This post contains some excerpts from the movie Rang de Basanti which may spoil the suspense (if I am allowed the liberty to say so). Please go ahead if you really want to.

I think that the director of Rang de Basanti has done a great job not only in making it an entertainment for 3 hours, but also in provoking thoughts. The movie showcases seven freinds who are approached by a young Britisher to film a movie on Indian Independence struggle. The friends in the process learn about the great Indian struggle and are a bit moved. They get a chance to show their own emotions when one of them dies due to MiG crash. They are outraged when the Defence Minster, in order to project himself as clean, says that the crash was due to the negligence of the novice pilot. The movie style changes hence on, which was primarily youth-full rest-less till now.

The friends in the process of living the roles of Bhagat Singh, etc get excited to create a revolution. They believe that "Behron ko jagane ke liye dhamake ki jaroorat hoti hai" (Blasts are required to wake up deafs), and thus they kill the Defence Minister. But the media projects him as a martyr which pinches the friends. In order to take the reality to the public, they capture the AIR studio and broadcasts their message.

A brilliant concept in itself as it would really get your mind on its feet. I guess, the director has made a well-thought movie. But coming to the concept that this movie wants to deliver, is this really the solution to the problem? The situation is dramatically different when you compare the perspectives on both sides - the side of the revolutionaries (I would try to avoid the term terrrorist) and the government (or public). The media is much in control of the political parties and with such constraints it is really difficult to get to the masses.

While watching the movie I compared the incidence to Naxalites. They are popular among masses in their regions, and in most of the cases they are not involved in killing of the people, like the ideolgies of Bhagat Singh. But as most of are led to believe, they are termed as terrrorists. In New Delhi they are thought of mainly as a nuissance, but for the people they represent, they are like revolutionaries. I like to believe that they had a good plan in mind, but it got lost in the politics and a profit-driven media.

But nonetheless, the movie is great in the sense that at least it forces the audience to think. Everybody realizes that something needs to be done. What they did (in the movie) was just a starting. The movie does not encourage violence (since the friends at later stage do not approve of their act fully), but encourages good people to join Civil Services and Politics, and also to let only good people come to power. The movie asks people to be aware of their own duties, and to really fulfill them. As the Indian tradition is, we should first perform our duties rather than thinking about our rights.

By the way wishing all the readers a very Happy Republic Day.

Jai Hind!


Blogger Nisheet Jain said...

Well I would like to add something.
The 2 best things I liked about the movie are first as obvious the first half the youthful (OK restless!!) life. And the second which I would appreciate is the manner in which the theme is maintained while making contrast with the story of bhagat singh. Simply amazing and PERFECT

January 26, 2006 4:39 AM  
Blogger Abhas Kumar said...

Another thing that I forgot to mention was the absolutely mind-boggling and lively soundtrack of the movie! The movie can be watched for the songs only. The cinametography was too good as well!

January 26, 2006 6:03 AM  
Anonymous vibhor said...

Awesome!! Mindboggling!!
I think these two words completely describe the movie...
But still i feel that it somehow tried to pass across a wrong message to the junta... You just cannot go about killing everybody so as to improve the condition of the nation...
Apart from this the movie was excellent...

January 26, 2006 7:47 AM  
Blogger Nisheet Jain said...

They never meant to follow them blindly. It was just a message to bring a revolt, a storm. And I think they passed this message in the best sense. As such what they showed in YUVA was also somewhat unrealistic. But again it was also a message.

January 26, 2006 8:05 AM  
Blogger The Light-House. said...

worth spending 70 bucks on cash and 100 bucks at theater as an expenses of cold drinks and pop corn?

January 26, 2006 8:50 AM  
Blogger Abhas Kumar said...

Worth much more than that!

January 26, 2006 9:10 AM  
Blogger devendra said...

from the movie-making point of view, it was exceptional in the sense that they implemented a simple idea of playing the original story and the analogy together with perfect coherence. It shows how even a simple idea when put to a brilliant execution gives more than a perfect result. Also the songs(in fact the whole background score) were so well amalgamated with the execution.
P.S. - watched the movie yesterday only..

February 01, 2006 11:51 PM  
Anonymous anckit said...

hey.. abt the naxalites thing u mentioned... check out hazar khwaaisheyein aisi..

and seriously this movie has captured the thought frame of all us Indian friends out here in Austin,Texas.

February 02, 2006 1:33 AM  

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