By: Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Most film-makers bow down to market diktats. A majority of makers
cast stars to make their projects saleable. Most opt for subjects
that would entice viewers in Gujarat, Bengal, Bihar, Punjab,
Rajasthan, Overseas... Keeping everyone happy is their prime motto.
Most makers eye box-office, while creativity takes a complete
backseat. Nothing wrong if you make movies keeping the aam junta in
mind. In fact, I am all for commercial cinema.
But, very rarely, do you come across films that are
unadulterated and pure. The intention is to narrate a simple story.
Vishal Bhardwaj's The Blue Umbrella, based on Ruskin Bond's
novel, is one of those films. Actually, it's difficult to believe
that someone who helmed films like Omkara and Maqbool
would direct The Blue Umbrella, since the focus is not on
assorted characters, but a simple umbrella here. While
Omkara and Maqbool were serious themes that focused
on power play, The Blue Umbrella is about an exquisite
umbrella that catches the fancy of a hamlet in North India.
performances [Pankaj Kapur, Shreya Sharma], splendid locations
[Himachal Pradesh] and simple, yet compelling storytelling [Vishal
Bhardwaj] makes The Blue Umbrella a must-watch for
connoisseurs of qualitative cinema... A detailed review of the
movie will appear on its release!