Yes, I finally succumbed to everybody’s wishes and watched Rang de Basanti. Or should I say, was forced to watch it. My brother bought tickets for the 10.45 pm show at PVR Saket and all four of us – Mom, Dad, bro and I – trundled down to the multiplex for a dekko at the Aamir-Khan starrer.
As it turned out, I wasn’t disappointed although the film isn’t the masterpiece everybody keeps swearing it is. The breezy first half, before the brouhaha over (Warning: Spoilers ahead) Madhavan’s death and the Defence Minister’s assassination, is like a breath of fresh air for Indian cinema. But all hell breaks loose after the interval.
Five college-going lads turning into modern-day freedom fighters by avenging their friend’s death is a bit too dramatic for me. Will not elaborate.
The star of the film for me was not Aamir Khan but young Karan Singhania (aka South Indian actor Siddharth Suryanarayan) who impressed with his understated acting. Hope to see him in more Hindi films.
My favourite supporting character – Kirron Kher who was endearing as the back-slapping Punjabi mom. The music by A R Rahman grows on you as usual, especially the Rubaru number. I don’t believe there’s anybody else left who hasn’t watched Rang de Basanti, but if you haven’t, go take a look.