By Sunil Kumar

A long time ago; we had different television. Lest, I repeat this point often enough which is something I have often detested in other people; there was a more serene sort of visual aesthetic in the pre-Indian cable area. Notice that serenity does not have any correlation with technology.

English: Amol Palekar at TeachAIDS recording s...

Visit English: Amol Palekar at TeachAIDS recording session in 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Remember watching this Amol Palekar film; which I now come to know was made in 1985 by “3 Idiots” fame Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Why am I talking about this one in the blog today? Interesting in my opinion; with Bollywood stars such as Pankaj Kapoor, Soni Razdan, Shabana Azmi and Naseerudin Shah. Ajit Vachani‘s potrayal of Dayal in this movie was also fun to watch.

The movie is about a film unit shooting in Pahalgam, Kashmir. Clearly set in the pre-militancy era; the film begins with a bitchy introduction; with all the characters having clear shades of gray. As Soni Razdan, an aspiring actress in the movie commits suicide; the police abandon the case until the appearance of her on-screen movie brother(an army man) played by Naseerudin Shah.

English: View of the Pahalgam Valley

Visit English: View of the Pahalgam Valley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesteryear actors including Avtar Gill(Nukkad), Deepak Qazir(Shrivastava in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron), Sadashiv Amrapurkar and Sudhir Mishra(director) make this movie jampacked with histrionics. Back in those days; Bollywood probably was a more well-knit smaller enterprise; funded by God alone knows who. An event yesterday informed me about the scenario being similar as of date; with a slight change. But the movie was lively enough; interspersed with mysterious elements such as the lead actress(Shabana Azmi) sleepwalking, Kuku(Pankaj Kapoor) playing a deranged obsessive brother and Amol Palekar playing himself.

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro

Visit Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vidhu Vinod Chopra was probably watching Hitchcock before he made this movie; with the eerie shower scene being played in the course of the narrative. Being from Srinagar, he seems to be familiar with the valley and its multiple facets; something that he used in the Hrithik Roshan-Sanjay Dutt starrer “Mission Kashmir“.

Amol Palekar is usually in interesting cinema; and this one was no different. He plays his part to the hilt; so that the needle of suspicion does not point in the obvious direction; and we are led to a denouement in the final act; a revelation meant to titillate; and scandalize the senses. This was probably the part I liked as a young kid. In the game of life; there are acts; like in a play; and all the men and women are probably players; albeit to different degrees. Philosophy is the refuge of the thinker. Maybe yes, maybe no! It’s all no business like the verbal business. The ego-fulfilled vacuity of existence. Ciao for now!




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