Rang De Basanti.


It was in August last year that I was told to see Rang De Basanti, because we were talking about Indian youth and their involvement with India’s body politic which was growing rapidly with the onset of Anna Hazare and the Aam Aadmi Party. At that point we were also discussing young people entering the Indian Armed Forces and I was intrigued that this film had escaped my attention when it was released in 2006. I may not have been able to go because of my preoccupation with my care giving duties then, but I thought that I had missed a good opportunity and so ordered for a DVD of the film about which I wrote a blog post.

The DVD arrived finally last week but I was unable to watch it till last night due to preoccupation with many other things. Last night was relatively free with the son and dil going out for dinner and I watched it without any interruption.

It is a magnificent film on a topic dear to me as I have knowledge of one family whose son was lost to a MIG aircraft crash. The callousness of the ministry of defense in first resisting the opposition to its stone walling about the worthiness of the aircraft and subsequent release of the film were all too real for me.

The young people portrayed, the flash back to the theme of Bhagat Singh and the freedom struggle and return to the modern scenes were handled very sensitively and the exuberance of the youth was simply brilliantly captured. The hero Aamir Khan’s performance was not as good as the other younger actors and that too came as a surprise to me. But the star system is what it is here and if I were to be asked to name the other actors, I would not be able to. Thankfully there were not too many tiresome song and dance routines to distract from the main theme and I sat through completely engrossed in the story and its depiction on the screen.

If it ever comes to our theaters, I would like to see it again for the big screen experience. It is that good. I would however rate it only with a five out of a possible six stars for its inability to handle some of the tense scenes with more sensitivity.


6 thoughts on “Rang De Basanti.”

    1. Some of the nuances may be a bit difficult to understand for you Chuck, like the Hindu / Muslim and Traditional / Modern conflicts that form an undertone to the theme. If you get to watch it do feel free to ask for any clarifications. I will be happy to explain.

  1. I didnt know you have not watched this movie. I thought that you were impressed and therefore you wanted to keep a DVD with you.

    The movie is one of the best movies I have seen in all of Bollywood, one other being Jaane bhi do yaaron.

    Just for reference – The tall Muslim guy is Kunal Kapoor, Sukhi (who competes with Aamir Khan) is Sharman Joshi. Rich son (Anupam Kher’s son) is Siddharth (from Tamil Nadu, worked with Mani Ratanam, MBA from SP Jain Mumbai) and R Madhavan (who dies in Mig accident) Indian friend – Soha Ali Khan. Foreigner I dont remember name.

    Song transitions were excellent in the movie which we see rarely in Indian cinema. The movie Guide is other such movie where song transition were woven in movie, except 1 song that looked out of place and loud. That song (Music) directed by RD – Gaata rahe mera dil.

    In Rang de… I am sure you must have missed one song which flows with the emotions and you are so much into the movie that when you listen to the song you question – when did this song come in the movie? This song is – Luka chupi bohot huyee…

    I hope you have watched other movies I have named above.
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    1. I have seen Guide. In fact I saw it seven times because it was running in an air conditioned theater where I could have some privacy with my girl friend of those days. I did not see Jaane bhi do yaaron. I find that DVDs are not available but will try and borrow from a friend who may just have it and see it. It seems to be quite interesting.

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