Rakesh Mehra is one of the more sensible directors...his earlier movie, Aks though a total dud on the box office was cutting edge cinema. Mehra had forayed into things hitherto unknown to Indian tastes and that took its toll on the film. But this time around with Rang De Basanti he hits the bulls eye...as advertised. He deals with patriotism with the right sensitivity. Its a wonderfully scripted movie...the screenplay filled with witty one liners and intense situations is very much on the track. The most important thing is the mood change latency, if i can use that term. The latency has to be optimum to make the right effect, not less not more...otherwise audience lose attention..and Mehra keeps that to the right value. The emotions swing from hearty laughter to emotional intensities and to patriotic zeals with the frames...thats extremely admirable.
Its a directors film...and he makes all the characters strong and the performances are make believe. Though i did feel the very British-Hindi accent the character Sue has, is unnecessary... particularly when her voice plays the narrator. The idea of blending the Indian freedom struggle and the current affairs has been beautifully picturised. The entire sound track is impressive, and the way the songs are used in the movie...very mature for a Hindi film. Most importantly it packs a punch...people come out dumbed. Watch it.
Narnia, the other movie i saw in the last week. It fails to make a mark as a story or as a CG karishma. May be the greatness of the LOTRs makes it fall short. There are some good CG effects like the lion, Aslan...but so are a lot many technical glitches. Not expected from the director of the Shrek movies. Hopefully the sequels of Narnia will be better considering its a 7 part series.
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