Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Rang De Basanti at the Oscars...

Really really a cool movie after a long time...... as in a real youth movie (though i technicially don't qualify as youth as per my company's target definition) but i thought it was a good one after dil chahta hai....
DCH of course was it's own league, something u identify with ......this one a bit more dramatic but still so real, still so so cool!
What i like the most about the movie is not the story, not the patriotism (though all of that is nice and all), it's actually the realness of characters! Like u look at that characters and that's just so what ur friends would say, or what your friends would do, or just what your friends would wear!
And it's beautiful how everyone has a distinct character....the typical cool guy (someone each of us wud know) with the dark glasses and torn jacket, the funny guy who'll wear these bright coloured T shirts and have this silly smile on all the time, the serious guy, the mad girl who hangs out with the guys...... I luv the way each one of them have been just so brought to life....... maybe it's the script, maybe it's the casting, maybe it's the acting......They all look so real! In fact, at the risk of saying this, aamir khan's character was actually the most commercial ....... think the others were so down to earth and real that he was quite lost in it all....
Here are a couple of scenes I really loved...
- the closing scene when they just appear in the field and are walking off laughing....
- the scene in the song where aamir khan is thrown off by the giant and everyone jumps in to beat up the giant
- and the amazing india gate scene! That was just about the best shot scene ever!!
I'm not saying rang de basanti shud win the oscar or shudn't, but it was just a really, really good watch........

2 comments:

Ruchika said...

I know man!! One can totally relate and empathize with the characters... walk into any college and there'll be a group like that! I also agree that Aamir Khan was the only one who looked a tad bit larger than life.. the others may as well have been one of your friends.. and that is why the movie was also so influential on the youth (I dont qualify even by my own definition anymore!).. coz they thought "someone like us" can start a mini-revolution, then why cant we?

And yeah the India Gate scene made people re-discover the grandeur that had been lost on the new generation! (Goodness I sound old!)

Ayesha said...

I doubt that movies have as great a hold over a country's imagination as they do in ours.
So what shirks a nation's patriotism awake - a beer totting aamir khan (probably why he needed to be larger than life) !!! and what reconnects gandhism to modern india( despite umpteen textbooks devoted to the same) a mumbaiya mouthing bhai with a heart , despite the fact that in reality he is currenty facing charges of abetting a bombing!!!!
we're a nation that only connects to reality in 70 mm!!
My favourite scenes -
the screen freezing on aamir and siddarth laughing in the last scene at the radio station
the flashbacks - with the strains of khalbali in the background
atul kulkarni joining the horde

and siddarth saluting india gate..ofcourse...