Black N White
Black & White signifies the coming of age of a seasoned storyteller. It's realistic, it's thought-provoking, it's topical, but not dark, depressing or preachy. The movie is directed by Showman himself, and is far from the commercial films he's known for, and it raises many questions with a disturbing message. As a storyteller, Ghai has handled the subject with maturity and a few scenes do leave an indelible impression. But Black & White could've done with a shorter length and a tighter screenplay. Yet, all said and done, Ghai deserves marks and praise for this courageous step.
This movie deals with a Muslim fundamentalist group and a suicide bomber. It goes into his mind. However, the end is rather tame, with Anil Kapoor (Professor Ranjan Mathur) who aids Anurag Sinha's (Numair Qazi) escape from the Red Fort saying that, "If they (the fundamentalist group) had one mindset about killing, by allowing Numair to escape he had sent them a message of love." In addition, the letter which comes from the group that always take responsibility for any carnage (according to the dialogue) absolving Professor Mathur of his involvement in the terrorist attack, is a bit hard to digest.
Shifaali's brutal murder, to her last rites, to Anil and Anurag entering the Red Fort premises, to the cops arresting the terrorists - the sequence of events should've been more dramatic and convincing.
The story of Black & White [Varun Vardhan] is one of its USPs. Black & White tries to peep into the psyche of a human bomb, a fanatic who has a change of heart gradually. The transformation of a heartless, cold-blooded murderer to someone whose inner voice tells him to revolt against his 'masters', the change is well depicted on screen. Anil Kapoor proves his versatility yet again. In Black & White, he's a law-abiding citizen and he is memorable in this film too. This performance should occupy a coveted place in his impressive repertoire.
On the whole, Black & White is a fine effort from a master storyteller who dares to change lanes with this film. In that respect, an effort like Black & White needs to be lauded.
|no wonder we keep losing wars|
|by Zabardast (posted on : 11-Apr-08) Rating: (Poor)|
|anil kapoor is lakhan from ramlakhan in every movie. a professor who has poor judgement in people, a loud wife, terrorists who are so SMART,they have the latest technology but still need to send a suicide bomber, who needs to be physically present at the target even though he has a transmitter! |
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