Monday, January 14, 2008

Saawariya (2007)

A grossly misunderstood masterpiece of a movie from Bhansali that might just drive him back to commercial facades only because hardly anyone is able to understand this movie, far appreciate it. I consider it as good as his best work (Khamoshi - The Musical) and in some ways even better. It is more thematic, more intimate and far more mature, yet made with the fervor of boyish charm that Raj (Ranbir Kapoor) exudes as the main lead. It also equally shares the beautiful self-alluring dream-world inhabitance as lived by Sakina (Sonam Kapoor), the other half of the lead pair. On par with any of world cinema in techniques (direction, editing, cinematography, production - oh, the production!), Bhansali weaves for us an exquisite experience that is so illusive that it is an achievement in itself that he actually got a free hand from the producers to make and release the movie as it is.

I may have lost my marbles completely and this movie may forever be forgotten, but I am willing to compare it to the fate of Pyaasa - chided, derided and unforgiven on release; one of the greatest masterpieces out of India in retrospect.

My rating --> 4.5 of 5

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