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By the time you read this most of the reviews for this beautiful, very beautiful film , may have dissuaded you from watching this film. I fear I didnt witness anything that may swing your vote. Jaanisaar is beautifully made, it has gorgeous people, lovely havelis, and the clothes and the jewellery , the colours....nazar hi nahi hat-ti. But sadly other than being a splendid canvas for the House of Kotwara, it will not do anything for the team associated with it.
Why the disdain for a project that has been definitely conceived with much love, and which clearly had in its mind the Ganga Jamuni Tehzeeb that sadly is losing favour in today's times? It is for its associated with Muzaffar Ali--the Muzaffar Ali who made the haunting ode to urban spaces (Gaman), later Agaman, and yes yes I hear you Umrao Jan..so it is not that the man didnt know his craft. Gaman has influenced a generation by its skill and how the story never left us over the years. I mention Umrao only but to point out that Ali knows the genre, his homework had been done, so he could have concentrated on the story. Instead you walk out cheated. This is but a mock history lesson where there is a fleeting attempt of showing (the violence and the beauty) but not much telling.
Imran Abbas plays the confused to the desi manor born bilayet raised scion, he had played Nawab Sultan in the Pakistani drama version of Umrao Jan, so frankly he could sleep walk through this Oudh melodrama. Pernia Q is lovely as the Umrao Jan meets Lara Croft dancing girl Noor. But frankly thats.. it lovely people spouting out sweet lovely things, with nary the revolution ki hawa messing up their coiffure. Tareekh ke panne done ala Page 3 . Yes, there is the atrocious John Cavendish who will show all wanna be submissiveness what Christian Grey was all about, strip down all that romanticism. And Muzaffar Ali, well where does one begin?
So yes, the only thing Jaanisaar will do (other than rush in to the House of Kotwara for their AutumnWinter2015 collection..the men should definitely ask who did Imran/Ameer 's coats. Kiya stiching, wah!) is to convince us to go back to pursuing a more 'authentic' history of the colonial project. The British werent all " an English sense of honour and tea after cricket" please.
The weekend fare at the cinema this week has left me disappointed. Some really beautiful films with gorgeous clothes but the story..sigh us par bhi koi Jaan Nisaar kar hi deta. "Humein Bhi Piyar Kar Le, Hamari Bhi Khabar Le Le" truer words have never been spoken.