Sunday, February 19, 2006

First Thoughts...

Rang De Basanti...can't think of another topic to begin posting with.Rarely is a movie made that isn't just a movie;it is an experience..an experience that doesn't end with the movie in 2 1/2 hours,but one that leaves you with thoughts and afterthoughts that linger for a long time after the credits roll.An experience that inspires without being preachy,one that makes you exult in joy and weep in sorrow at once;humour,tension,sadness and of course,patriotism with paradoxical jumps between the present and the past,ornated by thematically befitting music are intermingled to form a fascinating mosaic that doesn't just enthrall and entertain;it leaves you shaken and restless.You try and convince yourself that the characters you see onscreen are just paid actors..try and convince yourself that the plotline that unfurls before your eyes is just a story..try and detach yourself from the emotions felt by the characters...try not to laugh with them...try not to feel their misery...try to stop that tear from rolling down your cheek...try not to feel the fury that they feel at the apathy shown towards them...try telling yourself it is just a movie.You cannot.You just cannot.
So go ahead.If you haven't seen the movie already,do watch it...and get drenched in a new rang of inspiration and awakening.As a stanza in one of the songs in the movie goes-

Hone hone de nasha, khone khone ko hai kya
Ek saans mein pi ja, zara zindagi chadha
Hai to yeh ek jashn, tu thirakne de kadam
Abhi saanson mein hai dum, abhi chalne de sitam...



10 comments:

Amol said...

Amen to that !

Rang De Basanti is damn good.

But the climax was thoda far fetched I feel..neway chalega. Nothing is perfect.

mamma said...

i loved it...
your comments on the movie.
more than the movie the review reflects your sensitivity & EQ.
the movie must be something to affect u this much.
will get back after watching it

mamma said...

the movie is amazing. not only amirkhan but each of the boys and soha have made their characters endearing.the best thing is one can find a shade of someone dear in those portrayals.the girl playing sue is a natural.just read in the paper that she ( alice) is daughter of oxford university chancellor criss patton, who is visiting india.she learned hindi & said her own dialogues.
what i dont agree with is the end & the scean at amar jawan where waheeda & others are so brutally beaten that she goes into coma.even if they wanted to show the similarities with jalianwala it implies that in india the protesters are treated this way which is not true.and arre ,the worst of terrorists are given a chance to surrender.and here they were not even offering any resistance.the end should have been more positive.
otherwise like lagaan this is a movie in which we discover something new each time we watch it.

silentskream said...

I agree with you.Its a phenomenal movie that can change your outlook of life.I sincerely think that the current rebellion against the reservation going on in INdia on such a large scale is because of what that movie has done to the masses.Great to know someone who appreicates the movie so much

JC said...

oye, i never knew u also blog....

anyways, from the date i can c that u started long bac n ended with a fizz....
continue yaar.....

Kunal said...

Dude, very apt. I too liked the movie, not (only) because it's got that touch of reality (except the end) but also has a message (which is probably what the end tried to convey - something which most people took very literally).

But good movies and good thoughts do not change anything. If you felt the patriotic urge to try and make a difference, just as I felt, you need to find a way to put your thoughts into actions (something we, as Indians, very rarely do).

Anyway, sitting here in Syracuse, with every day, I keep refining a plan as to what I can do. With every passing day, I get more and more sure that what I'm about to get into is the right thing to do.

I'm glad you at least got the message from the movie. What I'd like to see you do is put those thoughts into actions. Or atleast start making up a plan to do so.

Why aren't there any more blog posts? You write well. Keep blogging man!

Harsha said...

Hey Aseem,

Hi Papu here...didn't know you had a blog!! Also didn't realize you were such a fine writer!!! Please keep writing...you have real talent. Will look forward to reading your views on all and sundry!!

Lots of love, Papu.

Harsha said...

Forgot to write my views about Rang De...saw it when it was first released and loved it. I thought it was a very sensitive portrayal of today's youth, their lives, thoughts and dilemas...It accurately depicts how difficult it is being a young person in today's Indian milieu.Though I thought it was a great comment on Indian politics, what really touched me was the bond of friendship between the different characters. Very real and identifiable...each one of them made me think of several college friends!! My favourite...Kunal Kapoor & Atul Kulkarni...they Rock!!!

mamma said...

Dearest Aseem
Good to read more comments about your writeup on RDB.I totally agree with Harsha that you have real talent and hope you keep writing about many more issues.
love
mamma

Bull said...

chahchu you write so brilliantly ..your command over the language is so impressive ..I make it a point to peep into your blogs atleast once a day.Keep up the good work