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Khamoshi - Bobby Talks Cinema.com

Considered as one of the most insightful, thought provoking and experimental films made on the subject of ‘Love and Loneliness’, KHAMOSHI raises a very valid question through its intense content revolving around the psychiatric treatment of the patients. And therefore needs to be seen or studied with a completely different outlook as compared to the other popular Hindi films made on the Love-theme.
Based on a Bengali short story, 'Nurse Mitra' by renowned Bengali writer, Ashutosh Mukherjee, the Hindi version is a remake of director Asit Sen’s own Bengali film, DEEP JWELE JAAIi (1959) starring Suchitra Sen and it talks about a psychiatric hospital run by a Colonel (Doctor) treating his patients with a new questionable technique or vision. The patients are particularly the ones suffering from acute mania, caused by a male’s inner urge of an unconditional love, which he keeps searching in other women after being separated from his mother. And when he doesn’t get the same for long, the frustration turns him into a cynical personality, full of hatred and distrust requiring medical care.
Now Colonel Saab uses his beautiful nurse, Radha (Waheeda Rehman) to treat such passionate patients and he intends to do the same for their new patient Arun (Rajesh Khanna) too who has been just brought in. Radha, who has earlier successfully cured another similar patient named Dev (Dharmendra) takes up the assigned case, but in the process gets to encounter her own inner pain, longing for love and discomfort, seriously playing the lovable mother, lover and friend altogether for her new patient. So as the girl gets more involved in Arun’s personal trauma, forgetting her own hidden feelings following the moral path of a nurse, she goes into a depression and then meets a tragic end as a lonely person deprived of any real love & care by the people around.
The film proudly included in the list of All Time Classics of Hindi Cinema has Waheeda Rehman giving one of her career best performances as Radha, the nurse. And the actress says a lot with her speaking eyes conveying the hidden pain of loneliness, betrayal and unreciprocated love intensely. In fact her act of the lovable nurse should ideally be studied by every actress as her text book material to portray such deep expressions on the screen, so effortlessly and with an utmost devotion. In other words, though we have the superstar Rajesh Khanna too playing the lead role here, but still KHAMOSHI remains a Waheeda Rehman film from start to finish unarguably and that is the reason she was also nominated in the Best Actress Filmfare Awards category in the following year.
Admittedly more remembered for its mesmerizing soundtrack beautifully composed by Hemant Kumar and thoughtfully penned by Gulzar, the film has many hauntingly melodious tracks such as “Tum Pukar Lo…Tumhara Intezaar Hai”, “Woh Shaam Kuch Ajeeb Thi”, “Humne Dekhi Hai In Aankhon Ki Mehekti Khushboo” and more. Along with a soothing background score, another gem in its great execution is the Black & White Cinematography by Kamal Bose, who simply transforms many of its lovable scenes into sheer poetry, also winning the Filmfare Award for his spending work deservingly.

Yes, if looked upon from the medical profession point of view, the film does make you raise some valid questions on the irresponsible technique opted by the Colonel using her innocent nurse, neglecting her own emotional status completely. But despite this justified objection, KHAMOSHI still needs to be seen and cherished by every lover of Hindi Cinema unconditionally as such films get rarely made and they also remain the strong representative of the fact that why the people living in our part of the world are known to be highly emotional ones thinking from the heart.
(Note : As its hidden masterstroke, just notice the way director Asit Sen, uses Dharmender so subtly and softly without bringing him into the limelight, taking the focus away.)
Directed By Asit Sen
Starring : Rajesh Khanna, Waheeda Rehman, Nasir Hussain, Devan Verma, Lalita Pawar, Dharmender (Sp. Apperance) and more.
Music : Hemant Kumar   Story : Ashutosh Mukherjee
Dialogues & Lyrics : Gulzar
Tags : Khamoshi (1969), Movies To See Before You Die Love Theme, Not To Be Missed Films List by Bobby Sing, All Time Hindi Films Classics by Bobby Sing, Must See Movies List at bobbytalkscinema.com, Hindi Classics, Hindi Films Gems of All Time, Gulzar songs, Hemant Kumars music.
01 December 2013 / bobbysing /
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We have all been into relationships, both good and bad revolving around friendship, love, trust, work or family. And whenever there is an unpleasant sharp turn experienced in those loving relationships, we more or less have a common thought that probably it was better if I had not even met that particular person in life ever. We strongly try to forget, taking him or her out of our teasing memories and never want to think about that one person again in the future at all. Without any doubt, it is always tough (or almost impossible) but we still slowly get adjusted to that unfortunate truth in life and start living with it helplessly without any other choice.

Now just imagine if there is an exclusive, experimental doctor or lab in the town, which provides you the much desired dream service of removing that person & the relation out of your memory cells completely. And after its done, you can go on living your life meeting new people, without even remembering that face or those days quite freely. In other words, if one has faced a recent break-up, then no problem, as he or she can straight go to the lab and get that name deleted from the memory entirely for only a few bucks without any major hassles.
Interestingly this is the basic plot of Michel Gondry’s film called ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND and you got to see this out of the box gem for sure, dealing in affairs, break-ups and the life lived after getting those love angles deleted out of the mind, in just one night (along with a surprising, pleasant connection with Hindi Film Music). Though the film follows a bit complicated & may be confusing story progression in its initial 30 minutes. But once you get used to its narrative style, it gives you some rare insights into the hidden value of relationships we choose to quit, in some weaker moments of life, only to regret later. It has a brilliant idea presented in a complex yet convincing manner, pointing towards an enlightening thought that probably everybody needs to be given a deserving second chance in our loving relationships.
Ending on an open note, the film has two unique acts by Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, playing the mad love buds caught in the trap of this newly found technology, who later admit the mistakes they had made. Not a big budget venture based on an unusual theme, ESOTSM is certainly one of those futuristic movies which make you think about the immense possibilities of the future and the worthlessness of them too working against the natural course of living, as it should be. And for that it rightly got an OSCAR for the Best Writing, Original Screenplay in the year 2005.
Directed By Michel Gondry
Starring : Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wikinson,
Elijah Wood,Kirsten Dunst & Mark Ruffalo.
Tags : Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Movies To See Before You Die Drama Love Theme, Not To Be Missed Movies List by Bobby Sing, Jim Carrey, Must Watch Movies To Be Seen List by Bobby Sing, Worth Watching Movies List by Bobby Sing, Movies on Future, OSCAR winner movies, Kate Winslet movies.
21 October 2013 / bobbysing /
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The experience of watching AKAASH VANI gave me enough to think or write upon after a long time since BOL (2011). Though the film is not a masterpiece if you analyze it in cinematic terms, but on the basis of its subject and execution it strongly makes you question our own Indian social structure and WE The People accepting it blindly to maintain our so called social image in front of the others. So as I have many random thoughts dying to get on to the paper within the set restrictions, I would like to divide this write up into three parts beginning with the review of the film and then moving on to the social themes it touches which in turn makes it a must watch for all.
The Review
Promoted as a pure romantic film with a commercial angle, AV starts off well on a lighter note with the girl Nusrat (Vaani) impressing you right away more than the boy Kartik (Akaash). The word love is written on the screen from its first frame itself and their entertaining, likable romance draws you in till the intermission. Director Luv Ranjan keeps it realistic as seen in his PYAR KA PUNCHNAMA and that’s the reason why the love story wins over the viewer reminding them of all those soft romantic films before the 90s. But the story doesn’t progress much in the first half and the twist is just revealed before the intermission.

In the second half, it surprises you with something very important & relevant, revealing an ugly truth of our society dealing with Arranged Marriage, Love Marriage and Marital Rape. Despite of its slow progression and few dragging moments the narration doesn’t lose its grip mainly due to the brilliantly written dialogues by the director Luv himself and some splendid performances by the entire cast. For instance, you can easily feel the pain when Vaani says to Akaash,
“Yahan Jab Tak Shareer Par Nishaan Na Ho……., Koi Maanta Nahin Hai!”
or when she calmly answers her father that,
“Aapke Kaaran Mujhe Kya Kya Sehna Parha Hai……, Woh Main Aapko Bata Bhi Nahin Sakti”
Further the tense moments in this better half are handled well by the cinematographer too which forces you to give your full attention to what the characters are willing to portray, keeping the interest alive throughout.
However watching a marital rape on the screen is not anything usual or amusing and thus the team surely deserves all the praises to bring up this hidden truth in a Hindi Film in such a subtle manner, which has been rarely done by others in the 100 years of Indian Cinema. In fact in the recent times I remember a film called MITTAL VS MITTAL (2010) taking up this issue as a cheap sexual gimmick to sell itself in the market and then another classic made on a related issue called MATRUBHUMI (2005) which also is a not to be missed gem without any doubt.
The shocking drama in the script gets its full support from the performers and it’s a Nusrat’s film all the way wherein the girl even reminded me of veterans such as Madhuri Dixit in her difficult scenes of emotional pain and outburst. Kartik supports her well with confidence but the subject basically revolves around Nusrat’s life and the trauma she is forced into by her own family. Along with the cute lead pair the director has very carefully chosen his supporting cast in which everyone has lived his or her role impressively especially the actors playing the couple’s friends. So we have a great emotional & important film here conceived and performed well following a decent vision.

As an essential requirement of a sensible love story, AV also has a fabulous soundtrack featuring 4 great songs with highly poetic & meaningful lyrics penned by the director Luv Ranjan himself again. Both the tracks and background score have been composed & arranged intelligently by Hitesk Sonik and I really wish the soundtrack was promoted more by the makers to reach their real listeners. The 4 worth listening songs are Ittefaq Tha Ek Mazaak Tha, Roomani, Bas Main Aur Tu and Tere Pyar Mein which have great lyrics reminding you of the famous GULZARISM loved and appreciated widely. For instance sample these few lines from one of its great songs,
"Soch Kar Main Jisko Hass Leta Hun, 
Ittefaaq Tha....., Ek Mazaaq Tha....., Tere Mera Naam!

Tere Hi Pher Mein……..Boodhe Ek Pedh Pe, Kuchh Lakeerein Kheench Di Thi
Do Din Bhi Na Rahey Un Kharonchon Ke Nishan.......!
Ittefaaq Tha....., Ek Mazaaq Tha....., Tere Mera Naam!

Hence with a fresh breezy first half and an intense thought provoking second one AKAASH VANI can easily be called an important & well made project by the multi talented Luv Ranjan who undoubtedly has got the vision to give us something different and valuable. The film needs to be shown to every youngster above 18 as a mandatory clause and then a Q & A session should be held in colleges taking up the 3 issues discussed ahead in the other section of this article. On a concluding note, we definitely need more films like this as our wake-up call and the youngsters need to watch it in the theater to encourage its visionary makers. 

Rating : 3+1 / 5 (As a film project it gets 3 with the additional 1 especially for its fabulous soundtrack)

(But as a thoughtful venture with a social vision the film is being included in my MOVIES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE because of the reasons discussed in the next part of the article. So you can continue reading (by clicking at the link below) if you are willing to know something more about its immense value in Indian context.)

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28 January 2013 / bobbysing /
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