Raag Desh-The Raga of India’s Heroes


Raag Desh- A Movie Review

Director- Tigmanshu Dhulia

Writer -Pramod Singh , Tigmanshu Dhulia

Players – Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Mohit Marwah, Kenny Basumatary, Kenny Desai

Let me tell you something about myself , I am from the metropolis of Calcutta-home of one of the most charismatic hero in World History , Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.I have supported the concept of non-violence against the intruders. It was and it is always by war. You name the book , I have been through it . You name the documentaries  and other creative works on Netaji and INA , I have gone through all of them. Thus  there is no fooling over here  ,Tigmanshu Dhulia ‘s Raag Desh comes up with brilliant research work about INA and Netaji.

The story of Raag Desh is so detailed that you tend to stand up and salute to the research team of the film . Few years ago Shyam Benegal made an endearing biographical film Bose-The Forgotten Hero which ended with the staged Taihaku flight accident of Subhas Bose(read the reports of Mukherjee Commission) and the trial of INA officers. Raag Desh picks up the story-line from the famous Red Fort trial (1945)of the three star studded men of Azad Hind Fauj.

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Dhulia has been successful in extracting  some of the career defining performances from majority of the actors. The three leading men Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Mohit Marwah doesn’t leave any room for complain. I wonder why Kunal Kapoor and Amit Sadh have been missing from action , dear Bollywood please use them properly . Mohit Marwah’s voice and body language is hard hitting on the 70mm. Kenny Basumatary, as the supreme leader of INA and the bravest leader of all time(yes yes Subhas Bose ) manages to leave a mark on the  audience. Kanwaljit Singh is as good as ever in his empathetic role in the film.However it is Kenny Desai as Bhulabhai Desai who steals the laurel of acting department. Loved it the way you articulated your character on the screen.Look out for the journalist in the film(yeah the bad mouth Delhi ka launda in Pink)..you will love him.

As usual no spoilers about the film’s story-line . But there is a weak point in the narration, Dhulia employs excessive to and fro jumps between past and present scenarios in the film and it is tiring at times.

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The film falls flat on some of the shoddy fight sequence but manages to compensate it on the court-room scenes in the film. Music is average over here , but the background score is rather very compelling . INA’s theme song Kadam Kadam Baraye Ja is a treat to the audience.

Raag Desh is not the usual loud screeching Bollywood patriotic films. It has been carefully crafted by Tigmanshu and his team. It is satirical  and it is free from any kind of jingoism. It is a tragic story of a failed army who dreamt big and worked hard to gain freedom. Subhas Bose appears in flashes but his ideals of  hitting the enemy hard reverberates across all the members of INA in Raag Desh. Ironically many Indians also fought against INA soldiers across the North-Eastern front of India , Raag-Desh portrays the dilemma of the INA soldiers shooting their own countrymen(British Indian Army ). It is one of the most heart-wrenching moment of the movie. The film will remind you of court room dramas like Shaurya, A Few Good Men and Twelve Angry Men. But Raag Desh is original and brilliant in its own accord.

When Bollywood is caught up with making ghisa- pita love stories and southern rip off , Raag Desh is a bold move and almost a an epic execution. Watch the movie to know the real heroes of Indian freedom movement. Watch it for real information and real life characters of our nation . Don’t miss this one. Lastly this is not Dunkirk(much behind it) but this one will go down in history. Tigmanshu Dhulia, take a bow. There is only emotion that is love for the nation…it surpasses religion, Raag Desh proved it and didn’t pester forced nationalism and secularism. IMDB gave it 9.1/10 by the way… 😛

 

Pros

Excellent Research Work

Top notch acting by the cast

Strong screen-play

Brilliant Direction by Tigmanshu Dhulia

Satirical and Intelligent tone

Cons

Editing is weak.

Too much jumping jack between past and present.

Rating- 4.5/5

Verdict – Jai Hind ….

 

 

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A Book Review of FULL CIRCLE


Full Circle 
by 
Yamini Vijendran

The Blurb
 Outwardly, Malini is a contented, sixty-something grandmother with a loving family and everything a person could wish for. But Malini has lived her entire life with a secret confined to the deepest recesses of her heart.


Haunted by the past, she travels to Kumbakonam, her native town, which she had left years ago. There, she comes face-to-face with her long-lost love.


After forty years, will Malini be able to reclaim her own life, when love comes knocking at her door once again?


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Yamini Vijendran (@saimini) is the author of ‘Full Circle’, a romance novella published by Indireads. After being a Software Professional for 7 years, Yamini has been freelancing from home for the past 3 years. She loves to dabble in fiction and romance and drama are her favorite genres. Her short stories have been published in ‘Love Stories That Touched My Heart’, an Anthology published by Penguin India, New Asian Writing and Six Sentences. Yamini also likes to pen poems when inspiration strikes, and her poetry has been published in The Indian Review, Contemporary Literary Review of India and ‘A World Rediscovered’ a poetry Anthology by Cyberwit Publications. Yamini draws material for her stories and poems from the world around her. When she is not converting her experiences to stories or poems, Yamini reads, plays with her toddler, and fools around her laboratory, that is, the kitchen. 

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A Book Review of FULL CIRCLE
Full Circle is a pure delight ,which has been flavoured with the rich aroma of the South Indian coffee beans. A neatly drawn storyline, some old fashioned characters, smart editing and yes elegant treatment by the author.
Vijendran’s Full Circle is a successful novella because the author succeeds in telling us a beautiful story with a singleness in action.This is a story of innocence, the story about adolescence(read a teenager) and lastly the story of reminiscence.The author provides the reader with an incorruptible protagonist named Malini,and the book is a chronicle of her journey into the past.
Full Circle is a bold work and an honest tale about the thousands of women in our country(my India) who have kept their own identity at bay owing to the social norms and duties.Malini is one such woman..with whom every one can identify,who have worked relentlessly to be a good daughter,a loving wife,a caring mother and yes the friendly grandmother..but what about her own..what about the singular personal pronoun ‘I’…. this book provides that answer.The essence of this story lies in the following line….
“The Malini inside has been lost for years. I have been a daughter, wife, mother, even a mother-in-law, and now your patti, but Malini, the person”
Malini begins her journey towards Kumbakonam and what happens next….for that you have to buy this book of Indireads. About the characterisation,Vijendran does good job regarding Ranjan,Rumi and oh Yes Konkona..(she is a darling)..but somehow David’s portrayal seemed a bit incomplete..but that does not take away the soul of the story. I hope all of you have read about the concept of ‘Zero Displacement’ (basic physics),basically a big ZERO with no outcome at all,the concept of ‘full circle’ is also similar but this novella FULL CIRCLE comes with an endearing result in the end.
The author takes us to the childhood of Malini,and this is the place where she earns my respect and admiration for the minute detailing about the traditions and rituals of a Tamilian Brahmin household.She provide the psychoanalysis of the young Malini and her sister.Sibling rivalry have never been so accurately described within few lines..so thumbs up for that..and lastly the unfulfilled love story..which is unadulterated to the core..and makes you believe in the concept of true love…. The climax could have stretched a bit more..thats it..but nonetheless it is delightful..and yes the book may be about a traditional Indian lady..yet it is distinctly about a modern Indian family…you know I am speaking about the Modern mindset. Go for the book,perfect for the stress free weekends…. a good one…