Ankhon Dekhi

Ankhon Dekhi
Review Rowdy -

Plot = Raje Bauji (Sanjay Mishra) is tensed about his daughter Rita (Maya Sarao), who is in love with Ajju (Namit Das). Bauji’s younger brother Rishi (Rajat Kapoor) and his acquaintances perceive Ajju as a goon and ill – mannered boy. But, when Bauji meets Ajju, Ajju appears to him as a cultured boy belonging to a decent family. From that day, Bauji decides to only believe on things which he has seen or experienced personally, without getting influenced by others. Will Bauji’s decision help him in self – analysis or will his decision isolate him with the world?

Opinion = The movie promulgates the ideology of “seeing is believing”. It’s a rare piece of cinema which you don’t get to see in Bollywood quite often. Since, it is scripted and directed by a very intelligent actor Mr. Rajat Kapoor, you can obviously expect an unconventional cinema. A very heavy and thought – provoking plot is tackled with a lucid presentation. The movie will make you laugh, will make you cry and will make you question your thought process and your existence in totality. It touches on various daily – life challenges faced by middle – class families and gives it the ‘elixir’ of humor. The first half is highly entertaining, with multiple LOL Moments occurring at regular intervals. However, for the first 20 minutes of the second half the film meanders and becomes a bit philosophical. But, post that, the movie picks up pace and reaches to a definite climax. I highly recommend you to watch this classic, at the earliest.

Performances = The protagonist of the movie is actor Sanjay Mishra. Firstly, Indian Audiences are not used to see an aged comedian, playing the central character. But, Mr. Mishra is a versatile actor. The pain, complexities, confusion and determination of Bauji’s character is depicted in his expressions, with equal finesse. He is the heart and soul of the movie. Actor – Director Rajat Kapoor has also given equal support to Mr. Mishra and has allowed him to shine in his character. The complexity of getting pissed between his elder brother and his wife and the dilemma of leading a normal life, is portrayed nicely by Mr. Kapoor. Actress Seema Pahwa, Maya Sarao, Namit Das and the supporting artists have facilitated the proceedings by giving good performances.      

Direction & Other Technical Aspects = This is the best directorial venture of Actor – Director Rajat Kapoor. All his previous directorial ventures like FATSO, MITHYA, MIXED DOUBLES, RAGHU ROMEO and others, were off –beat movies, with its target group getting restricted to multiplex-audience. Some movies left a mark and some failed miserably without even getting noticed. Here also, he has relied on sub -texts and nuances of the characters for explaining his view point. It’s an effort worth – praising. The movie is made on a shoe-string budget, but the novelty of the script has sidelined all the shortcomings. The Cinematography and the Background Score helps in elevating the impact of the proceedings. The Dialogues written for the movie are deep, witty and thought- provoking, at the same time.

Rowdy Rating = 4 / 5

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