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.