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MUMBAI MERI JAAN : Brilliantly captures the Impact of Terrorism, not its cause. (Movie Review By Bobby Sing)
06 Sep, 2008 | Movie Reviews / 2008 Releases

There are numerous movies made on the cause of Terrorism and about the people behind the inhuman acts. But here comes a movie which emphasizes on impact of these happenings on people from different parts of life, rich and poor, brave and strong, young and old. And the sensitivity with which the consequences have been captured by the director is indeed commendable. Nishikant Kamat's first Hindi venture is a praise worthy effort, which shows you the aftermath of Mumbai Train Blasts and amazes you in the two hours of its narration.

There is a new trend catching up fast with the filmmakers in Indian Cinema, to take up 5-6 stories together and then telling the story from different angles with different characters. Naseeruddin Shah tried this in his debut directorial venture, then Anurag successfully adapted this in his “Metro” and you may recall many more movies made in the recent times with the same multi-plot structure.
But “Mumbai Meri Jaan” stands apart from these all both in quality and content. There are moments in the movie which are immensely realistic and the viewer can relate to characters he is close to. The script has some sequences which you may have thought of while watching the tragedies and their victims on news channels in your secured homes.
Like the story of Soha Ali Khan, which thoughtfully showcases the psyche of reporters and news channels, when they want to cash on each new tragedy and mis-happening on their channels. You may have also thought sometimes that how a reporter can ask a person who has lost his entire family about “How is he feeling?”. It’s simply inhuman to have such courage to ask such question to the victims. This question is answered when there is a twist in the story and the reporter Soha Ali Khan herself becomes the victim. She loses her fiancé in the blasts and then another reporter asks her the same question. That’s a brilliantly executed sequence with feel, depth and questions unanswered.
The best of the 5 main characters is Paresh Rawal, giving one of his finest performances as a police constable retiring in few days. Along with Vijay Maurya as his assistant both emote and act as real life characters on the street. They superbly show the pain and discomfort caused by the faulty system in their own different ways. Worth watching performances by both.
Madhavan, can be seen in his best ever cameo in a Hindi movie. People who may not be his appreciators would find it hard to ignore his fine act as a person who was there in the train but survived. Many would have faced the same trauma in days after, who were there in the trains at the time of the blasts.
The two masters Irfan Khan & KK are again at their best and they prove once again why they are considered the top among the younger generation. Irfan Khan is a treat to watch as a poor person who is thrown out of a Mall and takes revenge from the rich in his own unique way. KK gives a unforgettable performance as a strong person, who helps the blasts victims to reach hospital. After that day, he finds hard to trust any other person out of his cast and the sequence of his transformation has been canned impeccably.
Though the movie has its loose ends and it also has a Mumbai ambience which some may find tough to relate to. But still you cannot afford to miss it, if you love this medium of expression.
Together Paresh Rawal, Irfan Khan, KK, Madhavan & Soha Ali Khan make this movie worth watching for every single person who feels for his nation (East or West). A treat for lovers of cinema. A must watch in Hindi Cinema after a long time.
Rating : 4.5 / 5

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