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.
Bravura 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!