Another anti Hindu movie? Yes, but very well made. As expected, the movie was not screened in many theatres. And the ones which were screening had only few shows. Infact PVR in our area had just one show i.e. 8.45PM
Okay, back to the movie.
Cyrus (Naseeruddin Shah) lives in a chawl in Ahmadabad with his loving wife Shernaz (Sarika), son Parzan (Parzan Dastur) and daughter Dilshad (Pear Barsiwala). The life goes all smoothly until communal riots spur up in the city. They loose their son Parzan in riots. Cyrus and Shernaz try their best to find their lost son.
Based on the true story, the movie shows utter truth about the communal riots happened in year 2002. It shows how Hindus killed Muslims, what role local police played in riots. But the movie failed to show other side of the coin. I know, the movie is about a Parsi family but somehow I felt, they should have shown the reason behind these communal riots. I agree that whatever people from ruling party did was totally wrong but it is also important to show the people, what made them do it. There is no point in showing half truth.
Coming back to the movie, when there is Naseeruddin Shah in the movie, you cannot expect any flaws on the acting part. Hats off, great actor. I have always admired him. He gets into character so well, that you will feel as if things are happening near you. Same applies for other characters, Sarika, Pear Barsiwala and even Corin Nemec (who is shown as an American present in Ahmadabad to write thesis on Gandhi). Some of the scenes in the movie will surely make any person cry. Those scenes have no words but the expressions say it all.
Let me sum up the things now.
Story: True and shocking story. It will make you laugh and it will also increase your heartbeats.
Acting: A Grade.
So, overall I would give this movie 4 stars out of 5. It is a must watch for everyone.
Predicto Meter: On the business front, I do not see it doing good business but it will surely get critically acclaimed. Award winning performance by the actors.
It is not being screened in my city.. 🙁
Will have to wait for the Rip. 😀
Isn’t it cool that the number of shows in my city have gone up from 2 to 3 per day. I think it is pretty neat. I agree it is a really well made movie, too.
What can you say, when a movie hits all the right chords? Fabulous acting, nice compact script, very focussed direction. If I have to knit-pick I would say the things that didn’t work were the aimless talk about Gandhiji’s philosophy and the role of the American – only because his character’s purpose was not explained properly – though I have my own ideas about the latter. Read these ideas and more at http://withoutgivingthemovieaway.com/reviews/2007/01/review-parzania.html
It’s bad that the movies like Black Friday, Parzania and Documentaries like Final Solution stuck up with either Censors or Distributors. Even if they are lucky enough to survive these two, either they get unnoticed or over noticed. On former no one will be watching the movie, while on latter there will be activists(?) protesting against the screening.
Good that Black Friday is also releasing next week.
Parzania is distributed by PVR Cinemas. Good. But the net result is, no one other than PVR is screening it on Hyd. And PVR has only one show. That too at 10 PM.
Anyway, I’ve grabbed a ticket for this Sunday.
I’ve gone for this movie last sunday.
I had an extra ticket with me due to absence of one of my frineds. I tried to sell the extra ticket, but nobody is interested in a “boring Naseerudheen Shah movie which deals with some issue”. All they wanted is Salam-e-Ishq.
This movie surely needs some publicity, and deserved to be viewed by more people.
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