Saturday, September 27, 2008

WELCOME TO SAJJANPUR -Review

Pardon me for any oversights that might occur by virtue of my having watched the movie over seven days back. The tickets were bought by a friend of mine and i did manage to reach just in time for the show. The knowledge that the film is by Shyam Benegal did surprise me. The narrative is through the eyes of a villager who completed his education before returning to the village. No, he did not get educated in some swanky college of Mumbai but a near by town in the hindi heartland. The language has a tinge of bhojpuri but makes perspicuous understanding. The first half of movie is entirely about weaving the pastoral lifestyle and the rustic ways of indian villages. A love story or two take birth with the depravity of changing social mores contributing to their hues. The sequences almost seems repetitive and one almost wants to jump into a break. And it does happen.
The second half gets more intense with political rallying, a murder here, a heart break there, some sacrifice and then it heads towards a relatively unimpressive ending.
I expected more from the film but having said that the film is dotted with some flawless performances most notably being the role of Shreyas Talpade. Every one else contributes well enough. watch the movie if you have nothing else to do on the weekend.

3 comments:

sunita said...

superb Review.....liked the way u narrated the glimpses of the movie :)

who thinks like me? said...

Thanks Sunita. These are words of encouragement.

Usha Pisharody said...

Very well said... no, I havent seen it, but maybe I will just to watch the perfomances. You have a fine way of capturing the essentials, and not going overboard.
Good reviewing:)