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09-02-06, 02:07 AM
Characters Of Rang De Basanti
it would have been a lot better if this film could have marked Aamir's return after the four year long sabbatical.Though this film is surely more than just Aamir Khan.Not just in the acting department but also in all technical and creative aspects.
Sue (Alice) is a young Brit who decides to make a documentary on Indian Revolutionaries (Azad,Bhagat Singh,Rajguru,Sukhdev,Bismil,Ashfaqulla Khan) who devoted their life to India's struggle for freedom.Her research is backed by her grandfather's memoirs who happened to be the gaoler in the jail where all these were executed.Flaired by the emotional trauma felt by her grandfather in those times and preserved in his memoirs she moves to New Delhi in order to make her dream project.
D.J. (Aamir), Karan (Siddharth), Aslam (Kunal), Sukhi (Sharman), Laxman (Atul Kulkarni) & Sonia (Soha) are Delhites who have distinct personalities,zealous attitude but unfortunately hardly any ambitions & aspirations.However they decide to be a part of Sue's project and the first half is all about their escapades to D.J's mother's dhabba,Punjab,India Gate & an airfield.Here's when the real action begins- Sonia's fiancé Flying Lt. Ajay Rathod (Madhavan) dies in a MIG 21 accident and his death is marred by the fact that his skills and integrity is questioned posthumously by the Defence Minister Shastri (Mohan Aghase).
Now as D.J. puts in "there are two ways to live life- one's to accept things as they are and tolerate them or take the responsibility to change the trend".The gang takes the second alternative and the post-intermission drama is all about the gang taking on the impossible which is to accept the responsibility to change the system or at least try to do so.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is surely a very talented person and this film reapproves the fact that was first noticed in his directorial debut in Aks.The screenplay is very good- specially the second half- which takes on the serious stuff.The first-half, though is spent only on the frolic part and some realisation by the youngsters, however the second half does more than just compensate the first-half.The end is extremely powerful & thought-provoking and it shows that Indian film-makers are learning to deliver great climaxes.
Music is very good- apart from the chart-toppers Paathshaala & Rubaroo- the songs 'Khoon chala' & 'Lukachuppi' are very much emotionally charged and will surely affect your nerves.The dialogues have that flare especially the Aamir and Sharman's Haryanvi style taunts.Art direction is brilliant and the way in which the scenes of revolutionaries of pre-independence era (in sepia tone) and those of the revolutionaries in post-independence era (in full colours) are diffused is brilliant.
Having covered all the technical aspects- it's a compulsion to praise the excellence shown by all the actors- and it won't be wrong to say that each one of them gave some serious competition to Aamir Khan in terms of perfection and quality.Siddharth is surely a promising dude who's surely going to do big things- Kunal,Sharman and Soha- all gave their best performances till date and the seasoned actors in Aamir & Atul Kulkarni did everything just right.The supporting roles are so many but all very-well done and you won't ever feel they're anyhow less important or well-portrayed than the main characters.
I am tempted to write about some of those very good scenes in the film but I guess I won't be able to create the same impact and it'll be better if you feel them on your own.A must watch- not because it's patriotic (the director asserts it's not a patriotic film) but it has the power to infuse its tagline into reality i.e. "A Generation Awakens".
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