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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Mumbai Meri Jaan

Bidisha Ghosal reports Mumbai Meri Jaan as a must watch and this is rare.

A film on the lives that the seven bomb blasts in Mumbai on July 11, 2006, changed could have easily turned into a hackneyed one, but Mumbai Meri Jaan is different. The six stories shown in the film are fresh. From the corporate (Madhavan) who finds it difficult to get back into the local trains, the TV journalist (Soha Ali Khan) whose husband dies in the blasts and then gets a taste of her own medicine when other newshounds ask her how she feels, to the Hindu bigot (Kay Kay Menon) who tails a Muslim man simply because of his cap-their lives startle you with hitherto unrealised depths. The relationship between the rookie cop (Vijay Maurya) and his mentor (Paresh Rawal), who is on the brink of retirement, will be the one to touch you the most, as will the portrait of a chaiwallah (Irrfan Khan).

While the performances are brilliant, the real heroes of the movie are the director and the writers. Director Nishikant Kamat and writers Vinayak Joshi and Upendra Sidhaye have done an outstanding job. In recent times no other film has been able to give a human face to the Indian police. It also had the courage to bring the Hindu face to face with his own bigotry. Even the callousness of the media has been handled in a sensitive manner.

It is a must-see; watch it to be touched and for new perspectives and a better understanding of people.
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