Finally watched the movie on Saturday with a bunch of friends... Sant competing with Rahman, Deeps thrusting the inedible corn down the throat...urs truly trying to manage my cuppa wt the corns, boiled or popped!:) n then I hear about Surya's blog(check the link) on RDB... As u would have realized by now, this will not be a strict review of the film, but my own chaotic personal journey with the film:) so may b u shud get ur bowl of popcorn(ok rags, u can go for the cream n cheese!:)) n read on:)
the peppy yuppie college gang, with all the masthi n the confusions about tomorrow... Totally identifiable for any urban college goer('college-goner' shud I add?:D) with the paDhayiwala ilzaam intact!:) an idealist in their midst...n the end he meets... I felt the film maker could have dealt with the relationship in little more detail. What Maddy meant to them shud have been clearer to understand what his story did to them.
That brings me to the point - Rang de Basanti is definitely not a very well made movie. But that does not deter me from adding it to my fav's list. There are flaws, in the way the movie has dealt with the emotional intensity of the situation. But if u r talking about the ending - I agree wt Surya, none of us could have given it a better/worse ending. In fact, the ending in the film is not really the end, but the beginning of questions, thoughts... It is rather a provocation for us to think, and I could see the film leaving that effect on many of us. We ourselves stood there talking, thinking and analysing it and finally had to be chased out of the movie hall! As I told Sant then, very few movies make you think, and RDB wins hands down on this.
A movie like this was badly needed...for all of us who had stopped thinking and acting and were reduced to armchair critics.
Coming to other aspects, yes, liked the music(need I say dat, given that the GOD himself composed it!:) ). camera work(thanks sant, for 'drawing' my attention to it!:))... editing cud have been tighter in the second half... but the way the film interweaves(spellcheck says the word doesnt exist! but who cares!) the bhagath singh, jaliyanwalabagh stories n the story of the college gang is perhaps the best tribute to the revolutionaries. None of the spade of Bhagath Singh movies that saw the light last year brought these people as close to us as RDB does. It was a thrilling experience for me to watch the Kakori episode n the murder of Scott(?), having read these stories as a kid thanx to my rightist dad! But I was left helpless when Deeps asked me why they killed this man(Scott r sm sch British officer) who was jus walking away. Between the right and the left and the nowheres, history texts have left our generation clueless!
The characters are quite representative, covering a wide spectrum...n the performances are great...Aamir, Maddy, siddharth, Kunal,Sharman...even Soha! Siddharth joins my list!:D Oh yes, but as a girl, i was disappointed...Even when somebody like Rakesh Mehra sets out to think differently, jus one grand 'maar Daalo' for the girl?? Anyway...saw a reflection of my own disillusionment in Atul Kulkarni's role...but the way he sprang back to action is a lesson for me, to get going again, start thinking again!
So how was the rollercoaster?!:) Bet U folks wont bug me into blogging now on!:D
Surya on RDB