Last night was a back to back movie session.
It started with Parzania which has been critically acclaimed.
Thanks to my net I was able to watch it. The Gujarat riots sicken me and another movie which shows the violence was revolting. Parzania is the true story of a Parsi family who lost their son in the riots. They have not been able to find him even now… not even his dead body. They live in the hope that someday he will find his way home. Sarika and Naseeruddin as the Parsi parents are superb.
I cannot believe the master mind behind the riots- Modi is still in power. The Gujjus (those who reside in Gujarat and not necessarily Gujaratis) have to be sick, blood thirsty, Muslim hating people to keep him in power.
I found Firaaq more bearable because it covered the aftermath of the riots…
Parzania is worth a watch… specially for Gujjus.
The next movie was ‘The Japanese Wife’. I missed it in the theatre and am feeling bad about that.
Based on a short story by Kunal Basu and directed by Aparna Sen it stars Rahul Bose, Raima Sen, Moushmi Chatterjee and a japanese actress. The movie is a mix of Bengali and English. Unfortunately there were no sub titles and I could not make out the Bengali dialogues.
The movie is about a middle aged man- Snehamoy Chatterjee (Rahul) who becomes pen friends with a japanese 18 year old female. Rahul stays in a village in Bengal and the pen friend is in Japan. They fall in love and marry- all through letters. Both are too poor to even call each other. In the meantime Raima- Moushmi’s friend’s daughter, a widow with a son, comes to live with Rahul and Moushmi (Rahul’s masi). No- Raima and Rahul do not fall for each other.
I won’t let out the end. It is a fabulous movie. Rahul’s Bengali accent is perfect. He is such an amazing actor. Any movie with Rahul is worth a watch and he is HOT.
Earlier, art movies had a lot of takers- Shabana, Nasseeruddin, Om Puri, Smita Patil etc etc.
These days there are very few- Abhay Deol, Rahul Bose, Konkana, Raima Sen, Sandhya Mridul, Boman Irani- thats about it. And yet all of them are a pleasure to watch.
It was an extremely successful and enjoyable movie marathon.