Sunday, January 20, 2008

तारे ज़मीं पर - सिनेमा कि एक नयी पहचान

I say this, and I say this with confidence: “Tare Zamin Par” marks a watermark in the annals of Indian movie making. Amir Khan, though I had many reservations about his talents, understands the cinematic medium, and is a consummate actor and director. If only the likes of Sanjay Leela Bhansali could imitate his cinematic realism and not go for showy extravaganza.

Well, look at the way he has lent some credibility to an ordinary story, one that has already been given shoddy treatment by directors of lesser talent. The beauty of the film lies in the fact that there is no overstatement, exaggerated, loud acting (Black), and is consistent and lucid in a very touching manner.

All through the film I felt my throat tighten and tears welling in my eyes. Perhaps, similarity with some childhood experience might have been responsible for this sentimentality, but it did give a “twang” to the heartstrings, and heated the cockles. Hmmm.

What else? I only wish the character of the father was watered down to something more understanding. This character was shown as merciless and ruthless with his own son. A bit of compassion would have been in order.

Darsheel Safary has an expressive face and carries the film through with his intense face and expressions. He is one kid worth watching out for. All other actors are competent and believable – unlike those children in advertisements who are tutored to be extra cute by their directors (see the AIG ad), making us want to smirk rather than be touched.

Look forward to more, Amir Khan. You have won a new fan in yours truly.

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