Saturday, August 22, 2009


Rating : 6/10
Release Date : 21st August, ‘09
Time : 110 minutes
Director & Writer : Piyush Jha; Music : Justin-Uday, Sandesh-Shandilya (one song by Shankar Ehsan Loy)
Starring : Parzaan Dastur, Ayesha Kapoor, Sanjay Suri, Madhavan, Arunoday Singh

What I liked about this film is that despite being about Kashmir, the story didn’t follow either the beaten or the expected path. Its not about jihadi’s vs the army. Its not about Islam. Its not about moralising or preaching or delivering a message. Its just a simple story, which has interesting twists and turns, that several times catch you by surprise.

However, what didn’t work was the pace of the film, which was slightly on the slower side, leading to large portions where you literally are willing the movie to get on with it, and parts where you wish you had a FF button to things move forward. The Good thing here, I guess, is that we had characters who were built well enough for us to care about what happens to them, but you wish it all happened a little quicker. I thought the acting was ordinary, apart from the central characters, Sanjay Suri and Madhavan, who did their jobs well. And the surprising thing for a movie set in Kashmir was that there were very few ‘wow’ shots as far as the scenery went…

What we have is a simple story about a boy, a wannabe footballer, who finds a gun lying in the valley and then finds life turned upside down – caught in the middle between the Jehadi’s, the army and a girl he has befriended. The film does make you wish that children could be spared the horrors that adults bring upon them…and for that subtle provocation alone, its worth the 6 points…

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