(Aftaab), Kumud Mishra (Mehmood), Gopal Dutt (Jawaad), Saroj Sharma
Tanna, Siddharth Roy Kapur
a film by Nitin Kakkar (his
debut film), a tribute to Film Industry for its completion of 100 years of
cinema. Before its official release on 6th June, 2014, it has won
many accolades and awards during various cine festivals (Refer a subheading
‘Awards’ towards the end of this review). Partition could just divide the land,
but people’s hearts still remain united. People across the border love watching
Bollywood films, it is a great source of entertainment for them. People
appreciate the work of artists irrespective of their nationality, rather the
fans exist everywhere. Essence of this movie is that a film, its characters,
overall this form of art can spread love amongst people, can remove the fences.
Nitin has highlighted Indo-Pak cross-border issues but he also projects that people
still feel connected with one another. Will we ever get back our old days of
Bollywood actor Sunny aka Sukhwinder Arora’s (Sharib Hashmi) audition for a
chocolate advertisement. Although Sunny is not able to get through audition, he
gets an opportunity to be an assistant director for an American film crew
shooting a documentary in Rajasthan (Indo-Pak Border), for which he travels
outdoor along with them. A militant group mistakenly kidnaps Sunny instead of
Americans, and make him hostage in a small village in Pakistan in Aftaab’s (Inaamuihaq) house. Aftaab,
a peddler of pirated DVDs, is a great movie buff, who dreams of making his own
film one-day. Aftaab and Sunny hit it off instantly due to common thread
between them – Bollywood Movies. Even amidst crisis and gun-toting terrorists around,
Sunny’s love for cinema remains intact. He does not lose his sense of humour.
He entertains children with his mimicking various artists. He is passionate
about his camera (which was with him when he was kidnapped).
in spite of the unfavourable situations. The scene where Sunny directs his own
ransom video, and insists upon multiple takes is just hilarious. Another scene,
where Aftaab does a screening of Maine Pyar Kiya for the villagers, a segment
comes where no audio is there due to poor quality of that pirated DVD. Sunny
rattles off those lines effortlessly, a very enjoyable scene. It is so touching to
watch the camaraderie between Sunny and Aftaab.
Is Sunny ever able to come back to India? To what extent Aftaab and Sunny bond?
Is Sunny able to make a bond with militants as well? Which one amongst the two
win – love or hatred / anger? Does love take precedence over hatred?
brilliant, simple, natural and endearing performances.
been clearer. But yes definitely, this movie deserves your watch.
Festival (South Korea) – Special Jury Mention
Festival of Kerala (India) – The Silver Crow Pheasant Award for the Best Debut
Festival (India) – Best Feature Film, Indian Showcase
Festival – Best Debut Director and Best Upcoming Feature Film
Film Awards (India) – National Film Award for the Best Feature Film in Hindi
Film Festival Stuttgart (Germany) – German Start of India
celebrates 100 years of cinema in a unique / sensitive way by making us
re-think to get away with the fences. It depicts Indo-Pak differences withering
away and sharing a common passion towards Indian Films. A good watch.