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The movie has a big cast of Aamir Khan (DJ), Alice Patten (Sue), Siddharth (Karan), Kunal Kapoor (Aslam), Sharman Joshi (Sukhi), Atul Kulkarni (Laxman Pandey), Soha Ali Khan (Sonia), Madhavan (Ajay Rathore), Anupam Kher (Karan’s father), Om Puri (Aslam father), Waheeda Rehman (Ajay’s mother) and others.
The main storyline is about book written by Sue’s grandfather on pre-Independence movement involving Baghat Singh, Chandrasekhar Azad. This inspires her to make a movie on this subject. Due to alterations with her employer, she comes to India to make this movie. She finds company in Sonia. All the auditions ends in failure and frustration for Sue. Finally she finds the right cast for her documentary movie in Sonia’s friends, DJ, Karan, Aslam, Sukhi and Sonia herself. Laxman never likes these guys making noise with drink and drives them away always. (I believe Haywards 5000 (beer brand) is not a sponsor). Sue finds the pulse in Laxman and casts him also for her movie.
After initial rebuke and fun by DJ & Co they do accept to do the role. It all takes one line from Sue to convince them, ‘It was stupid on my part to pack all my things and move here to India to make a movie where people find even a small reason to kill each other’.
What follows next is mix of old history in B/W and the present in colour. All the guys get to understand the history and this influences them in their actions for current events.
The story is similar to Ayutha Ezhuthu in Tamil directed by ManiRatnam (Yuva in Hindi) but depicted in a different manner. Of course the director (Rakesh Omprakash Mehra) could have managed to show without 5 taking to arms but probably it was necessary for the script. This does set a wrong example to the young generation who are mostly influenced by movies in real life.
Amol Gole the still photographer has done an impressive job. Few sunset shots are trully amazing. The shot of 4 guys jumping in air with shirts in hand and airplane flying above is also good.
The background score by AR Rehman impresses in few places. Like the pulsating beat when the gang of 5 make their way back to city from outskirts in the dark and are joined by Ajay in his bike.
The other part is a good flute piece when Anupam Kher is on the phone. Remaining sequences its the usual Rehman standards. In one sequence he has played a portion of his old song , but was not able to recognise it immediately. On the whole the background music is not loud and impresses a lot.
The score for songs is well known and does not disappoint. In this movie except the ‘Rang de basanti’ song other songs are picturised only for one stanza. The director does not bore you by taking you to different locales. Well done.
Siddharth as Karan has given a extra-ordinary performance. The way he sits and smokes, his looks, dialogue delivery everything is exemplary. From being a Assistant Director to ManiRatnam in the movie KannathiMuthamittal in Tamil he has moved to acting.
He has overshadowed others with his performance. Even his role demands such an acting from him.
Madhavan as Ajay the pilot comes for few sequences does his usual performance.
Soha Ali Khan as Sonia looks pretty good. She does acting also!!
Alice Patten as Sue must surely had tough time delivering dialogues in Hindi written in English. But she has managed somehow and does know to show emotions also. Dont be disappointed there is of course some romance moments between Alice and Aamir.
Atul Kulkarni has excelled as always which is nothing new.
Director somehow lost track in the end and gives a feeling that he wanted to show something different. But the difference might have a wrong influence. He could have depicted the ending in totally different fashion.
In the end there is one question asked to Karan while on the air from a Headmaster of a school, who says that what they did was wrong and that is not the correct way to do it. Karan does accept to what he says. But the problem with this conversation is that it is so mild in the midst of events that it looses out the essence. One has to concentrate to get this. The director should be appreciated for thinking about this but could have been little better.
Director should also take pains to add subtitles in Hindi whenever there are dialogues in English. Not all audience know English. None of directors take pains to do this. This is a big flaw not just with this movie but in general Indian movies. KamalHassan made similar mistake in his movie Hey Ram.
Though a nice way of direction mixing the old history and current events, the movie drags a little bit in the first half due to desperate attempts to unyielding bunch of guys who are without any motive in life.
On the whole, its a good movie and worth a watch. Things could have been better still.
Tags: Bollywood, Movies, Movie Review, AR Rehman, Aamir Khan, Rang De Basanti