Long back I had read the review of this movie 'Mumbai Meri Jaan' written by one of my blog friends, sorry, I have forgotten the name. The review said that the movie was very good. I always like to go to the theatres and watch movies. If watch at home, in TV, I must go through the boring ad breaks, which will disrupt the flow of the movie. Watching funny light movies in TV is OK with me. So, I watched this movie at home reluctantly - in dvd. But, after watching the movie at home, I didn't regret much because it was very good and waiting to go to the theatres means, I would have missed this superb movie!
I had reviewed 'Firaaq' earlier, the storyline of which is nearly similar but the way both the films are picturized, is entirely different. In Firaaq, in the after effects of a terrorist attack, some violence is shown. Here, except the burning compartment scene of a First class compartment, they don't show anyother violence.
This movie, Mumbai Meri Jaan, is made on the impact of six people from different strata/lifestyles, after the July 2006 serial bombing of suburban trains of Mumbai.
Soha Ali Khan plays as Rupali, a TV journalist who is to be married in two months, loses her fiance in the bomb blast. Her colleague compels her to face the camera for an interview, like she was doing all these time. I have never seen her movie earlier and it was a surprise to watch her superb acting.
Madhavan, as Nikhil Agarwal, who acts as a corporate officer, is a patriotic man and doesn't want to leave the mother country even when he is offered better jobs abroad. After the bomb blast, he has got second thoughts about staying in India. Madhavan, as everyone knows, is a versatile actor.
Irfan Khan, as Thomas, is a roadside coffee vendor, a happy man with a wife and daughter. Though he is not affected directly by the bomb blasts, he watches the effects of them and tries to use them. Irfan is at his best, as usual.
Kay Kay Menon, as Suresh, is a computer tech, who is not a responsible person, just spends time blindly criticizing muslims, blaming them for the blasts. His acting is always memorable in each and every movie.
Paresh Rawal, as Tukaram Patil, is the typical policeman who is to retire in a couple of days. He is used to the system and whether he likes it or not, blends with it. Rawal is a versatile actor, who can do his best in any role ... villain or comedian or father or grand father!
Vijay Mourya, as Kadam, his deputy, who dreams to be a good cop, struggles to adjust with the corrupt police world.
The story depicts the worst and best sides of these characters, after the devastating incident and shows how the people of Mumbai come together, which brings hope in a corner of our heart.
This film is directed by Nishikant Kamat and like Firaaq was Nandita Das's first directorial venture, this one is Nishikant's first Bollywood film! He had directed a Tamil movie called 'Evano Oruvan', with Madhavan and it got rave reviews too. This is really unbelievable, these are born directors. Waiting to see his next movie.
This is a scene which I loved, where Paresh Rawal gives a speech on the day of his retirement, shows a sample of the quality of the movie, though many many more scenes are there to remember about this movie:
This is a 'must watch' movie.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
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