We rarely make desi movies these days. Palatial mansions, swanky cars, designer outfits, the latest handsets and gizmos have replaced large kothis, traditional outfits, ghoda-gaadis and makke di roti aur sarson ka saag.
True to its name, Sadiyaan takes you to a different era, when the warmth of relations mattered the most, when blood was thicker than water, when promises were meant to be honoured.
Sadiyaan is set in the 1970s, but travels to the partition days. Raj Kanwar tackles a unique theme this time - of two mothers. The first is the biological mother, who gets separated from her child during the partition. The second raises the child like her own, when she crosses to India after partition. The basic premise is wonderful and you can draw parallels with Hindu mythology.
Sadiyaan is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on the love story, which falls on the predictable, mundane stuff, with the Hindu-Muslim angle thrown in. But Raj Kanwar reserves the best for the second part, when the two women meet and the story takes rapid turns. But, let's face it, Sadiyaan is not everyone's idea of entertainment, since the 'multiplex junta' doesn't patronise desi cinema anymore, unlike the single screen audience that adores this kind of cinema.