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Lal Salaam (2002)

This film is mainly based on various true incidents relating to tribles, their culture and their lifestyle. The main characters are Dr. Kanna (Sharad Kapoor), his fiancée Rupi (Ms. Nandita ... See full summary »

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This film is mainly based on various true incidents relating to tribles, their culture and their lifestyle. The main characters are Dr. Kanna (Sharad Kapoor), his fiancée Rupi (Ms. Nandita Das), Rajayya (Makrand Deshpande) as Naxalite Commander, Inspector Despande (Sayaji Shinde), Ghisu (Vijay Raj) and Dattu (Rajpal Yadav). Also, introducing Hemangini as Mainee. Dr. Kanna & Rupi are childhood lovers and made for each other. Kanna is intelligent and presently doing final year MBBS in Nagpur. Everybody is proud of him. The first trible Indian to achieve such status. Rupi is typical aggressive trible girl, wildcat like manners and irrespective of free trible culture where sex before marriage is treated as part of education, nobody proposes to her knowing her love and devotion to Kanna. Kannas brother Ghisu is one aggressive and hot-tempered with who is illiterate and is slowly getting attracted towards Naxalites. Kanna does not like this. Kanna goes back to city to complete his final ... Written by <bhavik@glamsham.com>

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Well made film with a social message and good actors
14 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

"Lal Salaam" is an amazing motion picture because for an Indian mainstream film, it is very daring. It has a strong social message, some tough topics (abuse, rape), violence and no happy end! It has songs though (which are good but feel sort of strange in this kind of film), but they are probably all that connects it to your average Bollywood blockbuster.

The actors are very good. I especially liked the performance of Nandita Das as Rupi. Also, the direction is good. Some minor flaws in that department, but not many. Even the running time (130 minutes) fits the film perfectly. But there's one problem: I didn't dig for a second that all the government people would be so evil. Yes, there might be corruption in the government - but come on. This is too much. Just too much cliche. We're then led to sympathize with people fighting a democratic government. That gives me hard time.

But that's a problem many Indian movies about terrorism have. The terrorists, their beliefs, their actions are often a bit fuzzy. Equally fuzzy as the film's view on the topic. It's not that bad in "Lal Salaam" but the diffuse politics sort of undermine the quality of the film. The film seems to take the viewpoint of Dr. Karna (who's closest to my own pacifist social democratic beliefs) but Karna never comes across as the most charismatic character. To make it short: I fully agree with the social message the film has, but the government-as-villain theme is cheap and in a way reminded me of the way Rambo treats his corrupt bureaucrats in "Rambo II".

But that's a relatively small issue. Everything else in the film is actually done very well and even if I didn't believe the government-evilness, it perfectly fits the story. Without the evil government, there wouldn't even be a story, so I guess I can swallow it :)

Rating 8/10


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