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Age is not a barrier~~
Nov 04, 2009 12:50 PM 4090 Views





Director Karan Razdan picks up the topic of old age that haunts many a human beings across age and conveys a message of how our society could treat the senior citizens with utmost respect. It’s a touching story that unfolds the alchemy of human emotions in its fullness.Kahani Poori filmi Hain!!

Jimmy Shergill was in touch with three senior citizens - Iqbal Khan (Kader Khan), Chanderkant Mehta (Prem Chopra) and Rajpal Singh (Satish Kaushik) - with whom he came across number of times and shared their thoughts and talked to them about his own self.

Each of the three had their own problems at home as they were ill-treated by their own children and were unhappy with the life was treating them when they were so near to its end. With their morale being all time low and the feeling of helplessness engulfing them from all corners, they found solace only when they were each other or in the company of Shashank.On his end, Shashank too had a problem of his own as he had troubles from the family of his lady love Sapna [Shenaz Treasurywala].

A beautiful, innocent and chirpy girl, Sapna too loved Shashank but her father Prem Lakha [Shakti Kapoor], a powerful rich man, was against their union. To make matters worse, he was also quite well connected man with a reach till the level of Ben Chibber [Dalip Tahil], a British Parliament member.Shashank’s troubles continued to become bigger as he found himself embroiled in a murder of a British girl where he was a prime accused. He was put behind bars but with help from Iqbal, Chanderkant and Rajpal he managed an escape while being taken to the prison. In the process he got shot but managed to escape death as he was secretly taken care at Iqbal’s home.What happens next?My ThoughtsAlthough the plot is an imitation of Baghban, the film is fairly captivating, although it does have its share of gaffes and flaws.To start with, the best part of the film is the drama in the first half, which is brilliantly executed.The film succesfully depicts how younger generation are disregarding the presence of the very same set of people who helped them grow up and lead a life all on their own, they becomes insensitive to the needs of the senior citizens and look at them with disrespect or completely ignore them.However, the post interval looks insipid. But the narration gains momentum once again towards the final fifteen minutes. The end is well executed and touches your heart.Director Razdan lays everything out for you in a well organised and visually appealing form, but the outcome, at places, makes one feel that it is targeted at the gentry. The director’s contribution is evident in the initial sequences and also towards the climax.cinematography is matchless and the locales of London are a visual delight. The background music augments the impact of numerous sequences. Dialogues are of a superior quality.Umar scores the most in that one important department – performances. Credit for this must go primarily to the three principal performers –Kader Khan , prem Chopra and Satish – who come up with proficient performances.Jimmy catches you unaware with a performance that is first-rate .His expressions towards the concluding reels are also noteworthy. Shenaazi does not get much scope to perform, but she makes her presence felt. Umar is a polished film that will appeal mainly to the gentry.

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