Hazaaron Khwaishai Aisee
hazaaroN KHwahishaiN 'eisee ke har KHwahish pe dam nikle
bohot nikle mere armaaN lekin phir bhee kam nikle
Watched this movie over the last weekend and the effects are still percolating in my mind as one of the best Hindi movies I’ve ever watched. Yeah, yeah, yeah it’s the arty farty types about the 70’s political decadence and the stories of the three protagonists whose lives are embroiled in the social events around them. But the story is well woven into the commentary about the social fabric of the late 60’s and 70’s, while mocking Nehruvian socialism and the Gandhi dynastic excesses.
Sidharth (KayKay Menon), Geetha (Chitrangada) and Vikram (Shiny Ahuja) are classmates at a urban ultra chic Delhi college, where students are seeped into the Jimi Hendrix, drugs, sex rock and roll lifestyle while some are immersed in the Che, Maoist ‘Change the World’ commie romantic idealism. Sidharth, the son of a well known judge, is the leader of this ragtag bunch of campus Naxals. Geetha, who is studying in the same college, is in love with Sidharth’s idealism, who in turn is secretly adored by Vikram, a small town boy, but with sky high materialistic ambitions. Vikram’s father is from the Gandhian era with Gandhian morals and a jingoistic demeanor, which doesn’t sit well with Vikram. Sidharth wants to leave his upper-class lifestyle and travel to Bihar to be a part of the revolution that is spreading all across lower class
Sidharth is so engrossed in the Naxal movement in
Sidharth and his commie brothers, endangering their lives, are helping the villagers fight back against the feudal raj, that is prevalent even to this day in the villages of
Unable to lead a duplicitous life, Geeta decides to leave her husband and turns to Vikram to bail her out to start a new life. Hurting at the thoughts of staying away from Sidharth, Geetha, on an impulse, leaves
Despite the arty documentary feel of the movie, what remains at the crux of this story is a simple love story. The difference in this movie is that there are no moral judgments passed, no preachy rants and no theatricals in the storyline. The acting is top rate, though the pace of the film is a bit slow at times. There are several poignant moments in the movie when the lordly policemen while berating Geeta, has his sights aimed directly at her breasts, or when Sidharth and his comrades incense the villagers to confront the landlord, the landlord suffers a stroke and the villagers come to his rescue to find him a doctor. The scene where Vikram almost gets killed by the Bihari policeman is gut wrenching. The music is eclectic and excellent. The movie beautifully points out the irony in Sidharth and Vikrams lives. Sidharth at the end of the movie loses everything, his beliefs, his convictions and Geeta and Vikram despite having lost most of his memory and physical abilities, wins the one things that means most to him, Geeta. Definitely one of the best Hindi movies that I have seen, ever. Sudhir Mishra, hats off to you. Please give us many more.