Somehow I missed to include this masterpiece in my list earlier. But now as I see the “Unseen Footage” and the Making of this Epic, I am proud to call it an Indian Classic which also made it to the last final nominations for best foreign film eyeing on an OSCAR. Though it didn’t win but still the movie is worth watching for its innovative theme and superb performances from the entire star cast. And a special mention for the brilliant musical score by another Indian Maestro A. R. Rahman, who is making Indians proud all over the world.
“Lagaan”is a result of collective effort by the entire crew headed by Ashutosh Gowariker, the director and Aamir Khan, the lead and the producer of the movie. There are very few movies made in India with the main subject being Sports and “Lagaan”, proudly stands tall in that list at the very first place. It is indeed, the creative vision of these two people which resulted in this not to be missed epic of Indian Cinema.
You must have seen the movie but if possible, do see the “Chale Chalo” Bonus Feature documentary on the making of the classic with all the deleted scenes and songs. The documentary shows the pain and discomfort suffered by everyone associated with the movie in its making. It shows the spirit and importance of a good team required for this kind of huge effort. And the climax of “Chale Chalo - The Making” relating to the disastrous earthquake in Bhuj, (where the film was shot) is shocking to see, as many may not even know about it. If you thoroughly enjoyed “Lagaan” then you will love “Chale Chalo” even more. So Just Go For it Now!
Directed By : Ashutosh Gowariker
Starring : Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh & many more
Music : A. R. Rahman
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You may not be a lover of war films (as myself), but I insist on watching this eye opener to feel the pain and hardships faced by the civilians in a war scene. There are many untold secrets of a war, which if told openly can bring mankind to its deepest shame. The movie is about such an unbelievable but true incident during the Vietnam War. A group of 5 military men, in order to have a good time, kidnap a local girl from a village on their way to another war destination. Even after the strong opposition from one member in the group the girl is brutally assaulted and then killed by these men.
Brain De Palma, the reputed director, films the intense moments in this stunning movie as a master. Among the most touching ones is the death scene of the girl on the bridge amidst the bullets shot from all sides. And the trauma faced by the innocent girl makes you think even harder, after the film gets over. Words like World Peace, Global Village, and One Mankind are simply meaningless when these kinds of incidents come out of the carpet.
The title “Casualties of War” points towards an important question that - Who are the real casualties of a war? …..The soldiers who die fighting for their country or people like this girl, who had nothing to do with the war and its consequences. A well made, thought provoking film for the mature audiences and a must watch for the youngsters who sometimes get carried away with the circumstances.
Directed By Brian De Palma
Starring : Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Don Harvey, John C. Reilly & more.
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The movie proudly finds a place in my “Must See Movies” list due to its rich content and fabulous performances. Directed by Ketan Mehta, the movie is an intelligent piece of work, inspired from the novel “Madame Bovary” penned by Gustave Falubert. It has a brilliant star-cast ensemble, where everyone has given one of the best performances of their careers. “Maya Memsaab” is a National Award Winner movie which also rightly mentions its inspirational source in its opening titles. And that was great to see as a positive change.
In fact there are many more movies made on the same novel in the last decade. The first probably was made in 1933 and last in 1991.
But honestly, I found the Indian version, far better than all the English adaptations which also gave the due recognition to its original source.
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Ajay Devgan’s directorial debut movie is an emotional love story partly close to "The Notebook” and partly resembling a Korean movie titled "A Moment To Remember" or "Nae Meorisokui Jiwoogae", both having released in the year 2004. Like in the English flick, Ajay's movie also starts with an old person reading out a love story to an old lady. And the story is also about a young couple who met on a cruise many years back and fell in love with each other. Later, we witness the emotional part, where the lady has "Alzheimer" disease and her memory begins to fade. This plot is quite similar to the Korean movie mentioned above.
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