In a week when certain voices in India have asked naysayers (to their political project) to move to Pakistan--leading to even MakeMyTrip start joking about charter flights; it is quite interesting to revisit a certain period in South Asia's history when the grand exodus was no laughing matter.
Vijay Raaz made us sit up and take notice when he first munched on those marigolds in Monsoon Wedding; and he has not disappointed us with his first directorial project also.
A Delhi boy who now calls Lahore home and is a Pakistani jawaan trades barbs and bullets with a former Lahori now Dilli citizen who is startioned in a border post as an army cook. They are both "victims" of fate showing false bravado when they bear a gun, their eyes haunting otherwise. There is a scene when they first encounter each other, scared rabbits, which shows the futilty and pathos of boys playing at war.
Samrath (Manu Rishi) and Rehmat Ali (Vijay Raaz) break off into soliloquies --perhaps the situation they find themselves in, allows them the opportunity to ask themselves the questions they never had a chance to all these months; perhaps the audience (if they have as Samrath teases a colleague have a dilin their damagh) will walk away having certain conversations they may have avoided over time too.
The movie is beautifully made, Raaz has a beautiful eye for the use of light; and the film has been marvelously edited too.
I will recommend this film for your weekend watch. Especially at this moment in South Asia's history.view less