~ Great music (as here)
Well, at least 2 songs that I really like namely, the brilliant and poignant “Luka Chhuppi” and the title track itself.
~ Lovely plot, with admirable analeptic swinging to-and-fro between the past of their forefathers/foremothers’ revolutionary zeal, juxtaposed against these carefree youths’ (initially) apathetic lives.
Mine humble musings (of notions that i loved) in this lovely Effort, then:
Although I did find the plot (of the entire first half) a tad slow except for the songs, the presentation of generally apathetic youths (who could be anyone amongst us, yes) rather (laudably) realistic – Their epiphanies of patriotic duty do not strike them at a quickening.
Instead, it takes them a long time – with dollops of mockery at old lore of patriotism/revolutionary zeal – and a painful loss of a cherished friend, whereupon they learn they’ll need to act, at least, in whatever ways they could, to effect Change.
Liked how the characters don’t act all dramatic, and go for glorifying operations, but resort to seeking out an Audible Voice for themselves – and I liked this part – how they braved whatever was to come, together (armed solely by the conviction to seek justice for the masking of the truth, for a Friend).
Admittedly, closing themselves in didn’t sound like too good an idea, but even then, the way their ends unify them beyond perhaps superficial tags as their arbitrary identities (race/religion/language etc.) and how they identify with their own past, of heroes they’ve never met – but whose passionate Zeal for justice and better tomorrows for the nation’s future children they can now recognise as their own – is beautiful.
Echoing on long after the credits roll are Aamir’s closing (adapted, here) lines, and easily, the pivot upon which the entire movie hinges on: That one may realize, that..
“There are two ways to live in this world.
We either tolerate the extant realities (and gripe about them). Or, we try to effect some change to the world – be responsible for Change, and new possibilities.”
And so, we shall. In our own little ways, however apathetic we (might think we might) be, we’ll plant the seeds for better, brighter tomorrows, in these daily moments we stumble, dust off our knees and stride on.
Beautiful effort, again. :)