September 03, 2005

Iqbal

Was dragged to the cinema hall by the partially-educated fully-unemployed youth of my country to see “Iqbal”. Despite the rave reviews, I had my reservations. Anyone wishing to pelt me with stones is welcome, but I do not like Hyderabad Blues or Rockford. Kukunoor redeemed himself with Teen Deewarein, but I had assumed that was a flash in the pan.

No Sir! The man knows how to make a movie. A simple story with a handful of well-sketched characters and a predictable linear plot: that is the newest recipe for magic!

Don’t shake your head because you cannot figure out what part of the country the movie is set in. Don’t bother with the run-of-the-mill songs or the slight inconsistencies in the plot. And don’t burn the theater down because you see a crumpled Indian flag lying on the ground (Patriotism is not about yelling Mangal Mangal to wake up sleeping audiences ten minutes before they can walk free again).

Watch out for the acting. And the little touches that make you smile and wipe an occasional tear off your cheek. Watch a glamour-free world where women wear clothes and men do other things than trying to get rid of those clothes. Watch a movie about cricket that does not assume you are equally obsessed about the game. Watch the determination and triumph of a single spirit light up many lives. Including yours.

11 comments:

Jasmine said...

And the little touched that

Touches?
Sorry, I have nothing else to do.. :|

JW said...

Lovely review,:)

Ink Spill said...

Zanx Jasmine!
Zanx JW. Link?

Anonymous said...

Whats with you and tears? Bah! As if there weren't enough reasons for the world to cry: Katrina, Iraq, Afganistan, Mumbai Building Collapse, AIDS.... you go and shed tears even while watching a fun movie. Beats me! :|

Save 'em for something which really deserves being cried upon, not things as superficial as movies.

Anonymous said...

Sorry there, got carried away.

Miss Sea said...

Partially educated. That hurts.

And the joke was not shouting mangal mangal but shouting Jaago Jaago. u were not there and so u don't know :|

Anonymous said...

@tipsy: Mah baby. Am sorry. I should've said uneducated?

inky

Miss Sea said...

Say goodbye to ur ribs before u sleep tonight sis. U just might not be meeting them tomorrow morning. :) love u.

Rhyncus said...

Agree with the statement re: Hyd Blues & Rockford. Hyd Blues was novel at the time, but by the time Rockford happened that no-frills, can't-act-but-I'm-cute approach was no longer enough.
Bollywood Calling was propped on Om Puri, but Teen Deewarein was when the actors became secondary to the story. Which in a sense is what happens in Iqbal.

Uh oh...verbositis.

Joker said...

must see iqbal then...

Anonymous said...

THe movie is shot in Andhra Pradesh, it looks like any village in Karnataka or Andhrapradesh.