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AKAASH VANI - A worth applauding effort revealing a hidden shameful truth of our society which is a must watch particularly for the youngsters in our part of the world. (Review by Bobby Sing)

28 Jan, 2013 | Movie Reviews / 2013 Releases / Movies To See Before You Die / Love Theme

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 Jan 2013 / Comment ( 2 )
This movie is not released in Australia will try to watch it on DVD at earliest. Thanks for the earnest review.
Bobby Sing

The pleasure is all mine Shal.
But do watch it soon and let me know how you rate it too.


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