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Along the highest mountain passes of the Himalayas, tough, intrepid Jalan (Milind Soman) and his gang earn their living by stealing from unsuspecting travelers. Abiding by their own, unique codes of honor and dividing the spoils equally, all is routine until the arrival of the mystifying, beautiful Ushna (Mylene Jampanoi). Appearing mysteriously after the raid of a pilgrim caravan, Ushna adheres to Jalan, claiming to have seen him in her dreams, and refusing to leave his side. Sensing the unease of the rest of the men, Ushna offers to help them in their endeavors, under condition that they not ask why or how she is able to guide them to success. In the time that follows, Ushna leads the gang to tremendous exploits, gaining the respect of the men, and the admiration of Jalan, who begins to fall passionately in love with this mysterious woman. As their success increases, seemingly unstoppable, so the love between Jalan and Ushna mounts in intensity, until they seem to have entered a ... Written by
A fantastic film to enjoy and inspire. Valley of Flowers has gorgeous male lead and two lovely leading ladies. On their trail is Yeti, played by famous star Naseeruddin Shah. Pan Nalin has a talent for discovering talent; in Valley of Flowers he gives a break to French-Chinese Mylene Jampanoi (watch out Zhang Zyi and Sophie Marceau!!) and Japanese Eri.
Vertigenous landscapes and skyscrapers, superb casting, sublime costumes, subtle lighting and mysterious music makes Valley of Flowers an exceptional cinematic experience.
The story, warning -stay awake! Nalin does not give you all answers, he tells you his story in riddles. The film is a great long saga running full 2 hours and 35 minutes, from early 19th century to contemporary Japan. Allow your mind to be open to feel this mind blowing film.
It successfully encompasses themes of love and sacrifice, mortality and karma. It starts like an "Eastern" (a Western from the East) and towards the end drifts into poetic Asian images.
Given the length and the content of the movie, it is likely to suffer distribution problem. Besides Valley of Flowers invents its own "genre" -thus it is non-classifiable.
It is not often that such films are made, slightly ahead of its time -Valley of Flowers will neither be commercial enough for Hollywood nor "arty" enough for auteur driven festivals.
But Valley of Flowers, personally speaking, will have an important role to play in evolution of Indian and Asian cinema.
Don't miss it!
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