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The Forgotten Wall
Oct 03, 2004 07:44 PM 2856 Views
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Deewaaris director Milian Luthria's next attempt after the forgettable Chori Chori. He attempts a never before tried subject in this movie that of POW's.


Deewaar is a stirring example of courage and the indomitable human spirit. It thrillingly celebrates the heroism of men who never gave up the fight. Deewaar tells the story of a few prisoners of 1971 war, still in custody of the Pakistanis, leading a pathetic life in their jails.


In India, the wives of these soldiers continue to wait patiently for their homecoming. But the relationship between the two countries being such, the Indian officials fear that if they raise the issue, their counterparts in Pakistan will eliminate the Indians for fear of being exposed.


Gaurav [Akshaye Khanna] decides to get his father, Major Ranvir Kaul [Amitabh Bachchan], back to his homeland. But the path is thorny. Gaurav is aided by Khan [Sanjay Dutt] in his mission, also of Indian origin but held captive in Pakistan. The prisoners attempt yet another escape. And this happens to be the final escape?


Deewaar is a quality product however, it falls short of what it could have been - an epic in this genre of film making. There is no main weakness of Deewaar as such as but there are minor weaknesses which unsettle the viewer slightly. Firstly, the casting. Amitabh Bachan is ideal for his role, the same with Tanuja, and Sanjay Dutt. The character of Amrita Rao is absolutely unnecessary.


It served no purpose other than taking the film off track and making it boring! The role of Akshay Khanna, althoug played well by him shoould have been given to someone younger. Possbily AB Jr, Abhishek himself. This would have given the movie a strong emotion quotient, the public would have a soldi reason to see the movie and it would add a touch of reality to the story.


The weak characterisation of Sanjay Dutt also proves to be faulty. His character should have been given a lot more thought, and he could definetely do without the surma in his eyes.


The music was not really meant to be a main factor in the movie. The much hyped Mahrabba falls short of expectation and should have been deleted. The other songs Chaliye and Torenge Deewar do gell with the movie, but it is the bacground score which really scores (unfunny pun intended). Excellent background score which adds to the grip of the film.


Other than these weaknesses there are many scenes which do show a class of distinction. The introdcution scenes of the prison, the emotional longing of Tanuja, the scene where Akshay enters Pakistan and decieves the policemen, introduction of Sanjay Dutt and Kay Kay, Akshay's plan, the prison scenes, confrontations between Kay Kay and Amitabh, the discovery of a traitor among the group, the escape and the events thereafter and the intense finale keep the viewer glued to their seats.


The small comedy track between Akshay and Sanjay should have been elongated as it was working well. Cinematography is brilliant. The way the prison and the jungle has been shown is remarkable and adds to the class of the movie. Dialogues are well written especially those by Amitabh Bachan, Akshay Khanna and Kay Kay. The screenplay had three talented names, Sridhar Raghvan, Gaurang Doshi and Milian Luthria working on it but still has certian loopholes in it.


This is one department which should have been checked over and over again. Performance wise, Amitabh Bachan could have only really been replaced Naseerudin Shah and/or Om Puri. His performance was as usual brilliant. Sanjay Dutt shines in a weak role which wasn't well thought of. Akshay Khanna, although in my view a miscast, does perform ably. Kay Kay is simply brillaint. An excellent actor who needs good projects. Other than Amitabh Bachan, it is him who shines.


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