I know its late for this, but I have thought a lot about the movie in the past 2 days (saw it at Ega on Wednesday). Caution! Spoilers ahead..
In a line, Rang De Basanti is a movie that aspires to inspire. But is that enough? What is it about cinema that every filmmaker thinks he or she can actually make people get off their asses and go do whatever he thinks is right?
What makes Rakesh Mehra think people will actually think about the issues he has tried to present in this movie? I doubt very much that getting a message across wasn’t his top priority.
Some things I liked about the movie.. Amazing score by ARR, some superb cinematography and editing, very realistic costumes, painstaking attention to detail, some really good performances by actors who seem to have become their characters and last but not the least, Alice Patton’s hindi (she’s good!). The bonding and friendship scenes are especially good (read realistic).
Some things that irked me about the movie.. The way Madhavan’s scenes are set up so they can be used when he dies (thats right, he’s a MiG pilot and we know these things crash all the time). You actually realize during these scenes that Maddy is going to die, that just spoiled the movie for me. Siddharth is shown smoking Marlboros in every other scene. And his character comes out real heroic in the end. Lets allow a normal teenager to connect these two things. Karan (Siddarth) is a chain smoker who turns out to be the hero. Add to this the fact that he is Bhagat Singh in Sue’s (Alice Patton) documentary. Hmmm, smoking doesn’t seem that bad now, does it?
And why do all the guys have to die in the end? What deeper meaning is Mehra conveying? That India lacks manhood? Ridiculous ending, really.
And dont even get me started about the Hindu extremist sub story that he tries to plant within the movie. He doesn’t know jack shit about the hindu extremist movement! But neither do I.. Hey thats what blogging is about I guess, no information necessary, just have a strong opinion 😀