Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mumbai Meri Jaan - a movie which hails the spirit of Mumbaikars!

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.

27 comments :

vimmuuu said...

No doubt; its a wonderful movie. I still remember the standing ovation it received at the theatre when it played the song 'bombay meri jaan' at the end !

Pixie said...

Wow!
I had given this a miss thinking its not a good movie...
But, now I will watch it on DVD... :)
Thanks Sandhya for the review :)

Ms.Chitchat said...

Even I was touched and moved by this movie,it brought abt the true life of Mumbaikars.

Renu said...

It was a really realistic movie..(I have reviewed it here....http://rinksnbitts.blogspot.com/2009/01/movies-masti-magic.html.

Sandhya said...

vimmuuu: I should have watched this movie in the theatre. I was really touched by the story, acting, dialogues, everything. I don't have much company now to go to the theatres.


Pixie: Don't miss it, Pixie! This is a happy/proud feeling movie.


Ms.Chitchat: I have heard stories of them during the Mumbai floods, great people.

Varunavi said...

I liked the movie.Soha ali khan was at her best in this movie.

There is a scene where irfan calls police and tells them that there is a bomb in the mall and he sees a old man getting heart attack and he feels bad and goes to see him in the hospital,i am not sure whether this scene is from this movie.

Sandhya said...

Renu: I must have read the review from your post, then. Thank you.


Varunavi: Yes, the scene was from this movie and Irfan was very good. I don't know how I missed this movie. It came in the TV also it seems. First I had second thoughts about reviewing this old movie, but I liked it so much that I wanted to do it!

BK Chowla, said...

Yes, it was a very nice movie and was well very well directed.
But, I am not sure of the box office collections.

wordsndreamz said...

This is one of the few movies that I have watched and it was simply superb! Just wonderfully executed.

Lovely Review,Sandhya!

Haddock said...

Paresh is always excellent

Swaram said...

I echo what Smitha said .. one of the few I hv watched and its a beautiful one. The things Soha goes thru when she is on the rxing side of questions ... how well shot!

Anil P said...

I saw the movie when it was released. At the time I thought it was done crisp except for the parts where I thought they were preaching a wee bit too much.

Sandhya said...

BK Chowla: Most of the good movies do not become 'hit' movies, I feel, Chowlaji. But many people told me good things about this movie, even here, in Chennai.


wordsndreamz: Yes, this is one superbly directed movie, Smitha. I knew that I am reviewing an old movie, but couldn't resist! I was thinking and discussing about this movie even after 2 days after watching, which is very rare nowadays.


Haddock: Yes, Paresh is one of the best actor of this period. He is best in all types of roles.


Swaram: When I drafted the review, I had written elaborately about Soha's role. Then had second thoughts. People who have not yet watched this movie should not get upset for my revealing everything, Swaram!


Anil P: Welcome here Anil! No, I didn't find much flaw in this well-directed movie, Anil. Irfan's role was a bit elaborated, I felt, that is all.

R. Ramesh said...

sandhya mumbai mera bhi jaan hi..first love hi..darling hi..it's a gr8 city ya..

kanagu said...

Thats a wonderful review.. :)
Wanted to buy this DVD and watch it but lot of movies to watch so postponing it a lil :)

kavita said...

I saw 'Reader' last night and loved it ...it was recommended by a friend.Thanks for this review as today i am going to buy few more dvds and was looking for some suggestions.Last week i bought Siddharth ...i have not seen it as yet.

I have no time to go to the theater ,so now a days i watch movies (Fri and Sat) on my laptop with headphone on so as not to disturb my kids .

I love your movie reviews Sandhya.

radha said...

After your good review, will try and watch the movie. The cast is good too. All wonderful actors.

Sandhya said...

Ramesh: I had visited during 1971, can you believe?! Didn't have a chance to visit later. People who had lived there always love that place, it seems.


Kanagu: This movie is very good. You will like it, I am sure, Kanagu.


Kavita: I watched this movie in my laptop! Will watch 'Reader' then, thank you, Kavita.


Radha: Please do, you will enjoy, I am sure, Radha.

deekay said...

yeah...agree with u...it is a gr8 movie...utv had produced 3 movies, all with debutant directors with terrorism as its central theme....A Wednesday, Mumbai Meri Jaan, and Amir...liked all 3, although Amir was the one with most serious storyline.....

deepsspeakingup said...

I totally agree with you..it is a must watch. My husband and I, both loved the movie. Every performance is worth applauding.

Bikramjit Singh Mann said...

YEah a godo movie and Firaaq too was a beautiful movie...

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Bikram

R. Ramesh said...

Hi S:) me in chennai next week god willing..cheers.:)

R. Ramesh said...

aiyo...antha pin up girls varudha? naan entha seiya guruvayurrappa!!! sandhya thanks for passing by ya..tc..cheers

Solilo said...

I had mentioned the film somehwre on my blog.

I call it 'A patriotic movie with no pretense.'

--Solilo

Sandhya said...

Solilo: 'A patriotic movie with no pretense.' - This would have been the best title for this movie review, Solilo! I agree with you 100%.

Vrinda said...

As you were saying this is the first Soha ali khan movie, then you must have missed Rang de Basanti. I suggest you to watch rang de basanti, its an excellent movie.

Coming to mumbai meri jaan, yes it's very good movie, I like screenplay of this movie.

cheers.

Sandhya said...

Vrinda: Welcome here, Vrinda! I have watched Rang De Basanti, my favourite Aamir's movie. But here, Soha Ali's performance was great, I felt. Maybe her acting in RDB did not register that much in my mind!

Yes, the script of this movie 'Mumbai meri jaan' is very good.

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