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Shwaas (2004)

 -  Drama  -  10 December 2004 (USA)
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This story is about how an old man tried to show his grandson the preciousness and beauty of life in a no win situation such as cancer. It is about keeping a positive attitude towards life.

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Credited cast:
Arun Nalawade ...
Keshavram Shantaram Vichare
Ashwin Chitale ...
Parshuram 'Parshya' Vichare
Sandeep Kulkarni ...
Dr. Sane
Amruta Subhash ...
Ashawari (Medica Social Worker)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vibhawari Deshpande ...
Receptionist
Ashwini Giri ...
Mrs. Vichare
Ganesh Manjrekar ...
Divakar (uncle)
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Parshuram (affectionately called as 'Parsha') is like any other child of his age - chirpy , mischievous and utterly likable . However when he complains of vision problems his grandfather Keshav Vichare (Arun Nalawade) travels all the way from their small village in the Konkan region in Maharashtra to Pune for getting his eyes checked . It turns out to be retino blastoma , a type of eye cancer that has only one cure - eye removal . Dr. Sane (Sandeep Kulkarni) asks Mr. Vichare to break the news to Parsha . Vichare is procrastinating at first but realizes later that the need of the hour is not only to break the news to Parsha , but also to show him the value of life and the joy of living even after rendered blind . Written by Soumitra

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Judgmental movie that tries to take sides -- incorrectly
27 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A first reading of this film comes across as a lofty inspiring story of true grit and wilful determination in the face of painful, irreversible personal trauma. But that turns out to be superficial.

"Shwaas" the way it is portrayed and sequenced, and here it is entirely the inexperienced director's mistake, seems to suggest that eyesight is more important than blindness, its great to be able to see and that the blind are missing out on so much of life. All of these statements are obviously true but are POLITICALLY INCORRECT and highly judgmental!

If the makers of Shwaas want to us be sensitive to the little boy, now that he's being operated upon and will go blind, how about showing some respect and sensitivity to the blind too?? This movie doesn't even pay lip service -- at the very end, there are couple of scenes showing some blind persons at work (as if to say, yea, they can work too..) but not much else. Aside from direction, it suffers from serious over-acting by Amruta Subhash who really does a disservice to the efforts of Sandeep Kulkarni (the doctor) and Ashwin Chitale (the kid). She drives all the gravity out entirely by herself.

The subject matter has been bungled completely, and the director's lack of maturity shows. No doubt this is much better fare than 99% of usual Bollywood crap. But if they expect to withstand the critical glare of a mature audience they better be impartial in their presentation.

Serious viewers are NOT blind -- then can 'see' thru the deception here that only one side of the issue is explored as if the boy's life story ends when he becomes blind. Hello?? Thats where it really begins!!!

"Sparsh" by Sai Paranjape explores this subject from a blind man's POV. Naseerudin Shah is blind and its a take on his life. In Shwaas, the boy becomes blind. But what next?


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