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Two Great Movies

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Today I was feeling a bit under the weather, and so decided to unwind with two Hindi movies I downloaded. My taste in Hindi movies in not the typical Bollywood-nonsense, and thankfully , of late Bollywood has started making good films again.

The first one I watched…was “Being Cyrus”…and it was very non-conventional, just the way I like it….and refreshingly, very very Dark, darker than the blackest soot that pours out of Mumbai’s taxis. Revolving around a character , obviously named Cyrus, it chronicles the inner rivalry and ulterior motives in a Parsi family…and Cyrus is to be the saviour, or so they think. As usual, Nasirudeen Shah has a minimalistic role but fantastically played, with other gemmed performances from Boman Irani, Dimple Kapadia and Simone Singh, in that order. Saif Ali Khan is the central character but his performance is plain, in a good way.

The Director/Scriptwriter in the narrative choses to begin the film with the words first written by Leo Tolstoy to begin his novel Anna Karenina.

“Every Happy Family is the same. But unhappy families are all different.”

And that sums the movie up. Head to the IMDB for more.

The second film I watched was “Black Friday”. While the film is about the Bombay Riots 92-93 , it is perhaps a relevant film for everyone in the world. In our times, where the prosecution of Muslims and the association of criminal activities to an entire religion is the trend, Black Friday underlines the complex issues that lead to the polarization of multi-religious societies, and reveals the corruption, emotion and action that leads to catastrophe.

Hidden in the main flow of state sponsored terrorism and the mafia are subtle things to learn for an uninformed audience – the film brings out a justification of the methods of police torture, for the greater good, and why innocents must pay a price but cannot be helped for the protection of many. It destroys the stereotype of the Indian policeman who is corrupt, and only interested in making money , and brings forward an image of a policeman who , even if socially inept and crass, has to do the dirty work for society. At the same time, it brings out the ridiculous irrelevancy of “Human rights” in a time of social crisis. While Human rights protagonists might like to think that this is something “wrong” with the world, the film might show them that reality cares not for Human Rights when blood fills the streets.

What I liked about the film is the documentary-like style, with real news clippings and stories which emphasizes the factual basis of the film. Its not clear to me how much creative license was taken here.

Very surprisingly the films credits use Indian Oceans “Bande” song as background, which was my favorite song from the Indian Metal / Rock Band scene. It has a Metallica touch to it, and positively philosophical lyrics.

Head over the IMDB for more on the movie.


Written by Nash

April 12, 2007 at 6:29 am

Posted in Daily Updates

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