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Friday, February 03, 2006

Rangeen Basanti

Bhagat Singh got a trial, Karan, DJ, Suki and Aslam didn't. Was the irony intentional?

One of the finest movies I have seen in recent years 'Rang De' struck a chord somwhere. Perhaps it has something to do with having studied in the North Campus and hanging out with friends at unlikely places. Or then again DJ was the epitome of so many guys I knew at DU and JNU - a guy who is terrified to quit the campus where he is well known and face the world where he is a nonentity.

I could identify with a lot of things and stomach only so much - IHC a college (WHOA!) not to mention Pataudi's Palace a ghar. To be honest I didn't see the twists coming and that by itself is a big plus. Add to that the lack of melodrama and the fact that Aamir did not hog the camera. Now if this had have been a Sharukh Khan or a Kamal Hassan movie, Sukhi and the rest would have been relegated to the wings as the slavering sidekicks. Aamir is a fine actor - so is nearly everyone in this movie.

"Take No Survivors"
Apparently such an order is illegal even in the Defence Forces let along the Rapid Action Force. Code Red be damned a junior officer can refuse to follow such a command and yes, he won't be court-martialled. Also the bit about political prisoners having to be provided with newspapers still holds true.

For a more detailed review check out JAM Ed's take Here

4 comments:

Rashmi Bansal said...

Glad u like it and I am vindicated :) The place where they jumped off after the beer binge. Is that a set or a real location? Delhi-ite enlighten! P.S. Also see new JAM website and offer ur opinion...

Preeti Prasad said...

I had the inevitable ideological issues with the end of the film... dismissed it as ‘writer’s license’! But the film had not one boring second… had me glued to the screen… agree with all that you’ve written… Amir shared the spotlight with a hugely talented lot… casting was fabulous. Hey I know in small town Vizag you’re not getting TIMES NOW but tonight at 10:00 there’s a beautiful story on the kid who sung rubaru… that’s another thing – music of the film rocks!

Hiren said...

The movie is great no doubt but I don't know how far practical it is in the end if that is deemed a solution. Thanks for gibing the finer point about "Take no survivors" . There have been lots of reviews but yours has been unique.

Cure for ennui said...

the bit about kamal and side kick, ye thts so true, i guess anbe sivam waz a rare exception. rang de struck a cord somewhere, very rarely do you see a movie instigating such a overwhelming reaction of 'yes we need to do something' and cases like jessica and katra just happened to ride the wave...