Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Review: Hindi Movie "Dansh"

Yesterday evening I went out with my roommate to watch a movie named "Dansh". There wasn't much advertisement about the movie, but we thought it would be somehow better than the Salman crap "No Entry" and the disgusting "Ramji Londonwaley". Spending 150 bucks for cheap comedy isn't my style.

When we were entering the theatre, the security guard asked during checkup, "Didn't you guys get tickets for any other movie?" We told him that we had intentionally come to watch this movie and its not because we didn't get tickets for "No Entry". Entering into the theatre we found not more 50 people for this movie.

The movie was about the Mizoram National Front (MNF) and Indian Govt. settlement. Well, it seemed to be like that, but in fact it had much more philosophical content rather than political content. The entire plot is about the leader of the MNF, his wife, and the person who raped his wife some years ago.

By some chance happening, the rapist lands up in the house of this leader (played by K. K. Menon). His wife (played by Sonali Kulkarni) recognizes the guy without fail and tries to torture and kill him. Quite contrary to my expectations, the leader on the other hand urges his wife to forget the past and forgive the guy.

The whole film consists of arguments/debate among these three people and the audience is hooked on the movie to see whether the rapist dies or is forgiven. The nature of the debate is philosophical/sentimental and highly serious.

Acting by both K. K. and Sonali is superb. I was impressed with K. K. in Sarkar too. But the performance of Sonali was unexpected (compare this with her role in DCH and Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya). I think she needs to be compared with serious actresses like Urmila and Tabu.

The plot is highly unusual compared to other movies based on militancy. Not for the casual movie goer and certainly it is not for entertainment. Watch it if you need some food for thought. (Well, it might be too much thought for some people.)

I and my roommate liked the movie very much, but I guess this movie will not attract much audience and will be over in a week. So watch it by this Friday.


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Blogger Deva said...

I admire you for your selection of movies. We together watched PARINEETA, and again the theare was almost empty, but we enjoyed the movie.

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Blogger Pratik said...

enjoyed your take on Dansh. would certainly make it a point to watch. btw check out infica.com - seems like a good site for the discerning moviebuffs. you might want to join it.

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