Saturday, 22 March 2014

A Sparkling Solitaire My Review Ankhon Dekhi

Director : Rajat Kapoor

Starring :  Sanjay Mishra, Rajat Kapoor, Seema Pahwa, Namit Das, Maya Sarao, Manu Rishi, Brijender                    Kala

Dear Bauji,

Thank you for letting me in your life. I have always seen you around me. A soul in search of the true meaning of life. A little crazy, a lot stubborn, eccentric and with the heart of a child. Once something strikes you, you follow it unflinchingly, never caring what the world thinks. Or for that matter your wife, brother, kids, extended family and friends. Whether they call it Male Menopause or Bawlapan.

So when your over enthusiastic extended family member told you about your daughter's affair, you like any other concerned father went with the men to beat some sense into him. After meeting Ajju, who was nothing like the ruffian and roadside Romeo he was made out to be, you could not sleep that night. You had an epiphany and decided to only believe in things you have experienced yourself. You will not accept anything without having experienced it's existence, its truth. When you called Prasad just a delicious mithai, the Pundit ji was very upset. But your god was truth now. Even if meant wetting your pants in the zoo.

You live in Old Delhi, where family are neighbors and neighbors are family. Where terraces are joined together, as close as friendships lasting life times. Your house is warm and inviting, where a pateela of chai is on the stove the whole day... as slowly your friends start believing in your theories and see you as an excellent life code to abide by. They come and mill about, hanging on to every word you say or.... not say.

As you set yourself on the path of self discovery, I was with you... every step of the way. From leaving your job to standing on the road holding a placard, which reminded me of a gentle soul standing on a busy Mumbai crossing in Juhu. I wave at him as I pass him, and the smile he gives me in return is beautiful. Your love for your daughter is so endearing, I cried as it made me think of my father. I wanted to hug you when you decided to bow down and visit your brother... I wanted to hug your wife when she gets exasperated at you, and begs god to forgive you.

You made me think, contemplate, take a step back.

Life. How many times we meet ours, say hello to ourselves and tell ourselves our own truths. But when we do, everything becomes crystal clear, doubts removed and freedom found.

Thank You for standing up, breaking down, holding on and finally letting go. We need more of you.

With love.

So there, I said it. Ankhon Dekhi is brilliance in all departments. From writing (Rajat Kapoor) to acting. Sanjay Mishra is Bau ji. He delivers his finest. Seema Pahwa is perfect and they are made for each other, Cinematography by Rafey Mehmood (Remember Haasil?), Production Design, background score. Absolutely pitch perfect.

Rajat Kapoor,  you have delivered a sparkling solitaire, you have also acted in it and must say I was totally convinced that in your earlier life you were an oily haired, a bit stiff upper lipped C.A. As a director this is your best so far. Keep telling us stories...

The supporting cast is such a joy, Brijender Kala, Manu Rishi and Namit Das are super and so is Maya Sarao, what a refreshing new face on the horizon.

Ankhon Dekhi makes you want to go back home, and have a cup of chai with your parents and indulge them.... trust me, they do know better.


My Verdict  4/5 

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