Thursday, October 22, 2015

How Hindi movies depicted Dussehra

In Bollywood, filmmakers have recreated stories around the theme of Dussehra -when Lord Ram brought down the mighty Ravana against all adversities. The victory of the hero and the triumph of good over evil is a motif that continues to be used in movies. We bring to you the films which weaved in the gist of the festival in their narrative and made their work memorable. BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN (2015)
Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan featured a song-Tu Chahiye that showed the entire family enjoying the proceedings of Ram lila.Though the scene appears fleetingly in the romantic number, the message of the festival is what director Kabir Khan has portrayed in this film about humanity and love over all.
Not everyone has a blast on this otherwise joyous day as witnessed in Akshay Kumar's case. He gets attacked by the villains while celebrating Dussehra in a rather gloomy sequence from Rowdy Rathore. Akshay , who plays a cop in the film, is shown enjoying the festival with the entire village when he is stabbed in the back.
KAHAANI (2012)
In Sujoy Ghosh's delicious mysterythriller, Dussehra or rather Vijaya Dashami played a significant part. The film that revolves around a hapless woman's search for her missing husband, climaxes into a well-etched, enticing end, as the mystery of the story unfolds. Vidya Balan, as the pregnant Vidya Bagchi was a hoot all the way and Ghosh used his Bengali sensibilities to enhance the end of this `kahani'.Amidst ulus and dhak beats, women freshly red from sindoor khela, a bereaved woman single-handedly kills the devil.
DELHI-6 (2009)
This Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra film that is set in Chandni Chowk, revolves around the theme of Ram Navami, and how its teachings are still relevant in this age. The film was a visual treat and for the Dussehra sequence, Mehra used well his experience of growing up in the old Delhi neighbourhood. He brought out the right hues of frenzy of this festival.
Coming from Mehra's stable, this was another offering that showed how to stage the good ol' Ramlila in a grand way . It forms and important backdrop of Rang De Basanti. The Dussehra sequence shows Aamir Khan who also plays Chandrasekhar Azad is surrounded by the British cops tricks them and escapes from the scene.
SWADES (2004)
There are a lot of reasons to remember this film, besides the fact that it is Shah Rukh Khan's most brilliantly understated performance till date. In one of the most memorable scenes from the film, village elders pick up a conversation with the US-returned Mohan Bhargav and quiz him about his life in America. As Ashutosh goes on to elucidate in scenes that follow, so much of India and its festivals is about our parampara and sanskriti.
This film literally celebrates the theme of the festival -the triumph of good over evil. As an honest cop in the film, Sanjay Dutt kills miscreants, with the blazing sound of crackers drowning the cries of the criminals. Director Mahesh Manjrekar literally translates on screen the death of Ravana in the hands of Ram, as the effigies of him and his allies, is reduced to dust.

No comments:

Post a Comment