By a customer
, 16 May 2008
It is so sad that no one seems to think much about this experimental gem, which in my opinion is one of the best art-house movies to come from India ever! It is not the usual formulaic Bollywood crap, so I shouldn't be surprised that many, particularly those who adore the usual mix of dancing around the trees and slushy, boy meets girl but parents don't like one or the other or girl has constipation and has no talent of acting whatsoever, and unlikely to be good in bed either; or boy jumps around like a hunted Meercat to unbearably embarrassing copies of western pop, find no use of this.
You have to come from a totally neglected and remote rural village in a poverty-stricken country, like the one I have escaped from, to understand the message of this honest and genuine portrayal of rural India. Would you believe that the village I was born did not have electricity until 1984 and no running water until 3 more years later? Perhaps not, because it is all taken for granted in this part of the world where people are spoilt for choice, but not for too long the way the nature is unleashing her wrathful anger at the rich and the powerful now!
Well, I know how it feels to see a light bulb lit for the first time in life and what does it mean to a little kid to collect and treasure burnt-out bulbs from towns and temple festivals we went to when I was 6 or 7 years old. My village friend and neighbour Siril [now Dr Siril Wijesundara, the director of botanic gardens in Sri Lanka!] and I used to play with these bulbs, joining them to strands of climbers wound like duel-lead wires and attaching them to makeshift cardboard and discarded can power generators, having seen these beautifully built English machines with huge turbines which used to power village events in the 50s and 60's. And, I also know how it feels to fall in love with an alluring woman in your village, but not being able to do anything about it because of caste and class differences. So, I not only understand this film for what it is meant to be, but it is like watching a memorable part of your early life hauntingly played in your subconscious, as if you are having a dream, both pleasant and gruelling in equal measure!
If anyone finds the music sequences of this film appalling, I am more than surprised, because they are truly groundbreaking at the time! And this film, though we don't seem to know, is an award winner! The song that depicts a debate about city vs. village in this film is something everyone should see and think about!
Have I encouraged at least a handful to see this, or have I wasted time as usual?
Edinburgh May 2008
PS: Please visit http://www.vimeo.com/brownpolar for some truly inspiring portrayals of Indian art-house movies and their incomparable music scores.
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