Every now and again comes a film that shakes you. A film that deeply affects you and the core purpose of the film goes beyond the realms of cinema as being just entertainment as the purpose... See full synopsis »
Every now and again comes a film that shakes you. A film that deeply affects you and the core purpose of the film goes beyond the realms of cinema as being just entertainment as the purpose then turns into education... See full synopsis »
The character 'Parzan' is based upon a child named Azhar, a victim of the devastating Gujarati riots of 2002 who is still missing to this day. The parents of the child placed his picture in the end credits of the film in hopes that he is still alive and someone may recognize him. See more »
The road to perdition is paved with good intentions...
I need to break this movie down into two categories: Intention and Execution Intention: I have to applaud Dholakia on this one. He intended to come up with a touching, heart wrenching expose on the communal riots in Gujarat. He attacks the powers that be and reveals several facts that viewers may not have gotten from the general media coverage of the riots. All this while trying to explore the effect on one Parsi family.
Execution: This has got to be one of the worst made films I've seen in a while. The dialogue was heavy handed and sounded like it was written by an angsty 13 year old. The characters were flat and uninteresting. There are obvious and stereotypical representations of various concepts such as evil Right Wing Hindu, Helpless Old Victim and my personal favourite: sidelined Gandhian. Nemec's character is a joke, liberally swearing and drinking and doing nothing outside of sanctimonious voice-overs and observations.
All in all, this is a clichéd, heavy handed and angsty treatment of a subject that demands more respect and has so much more to offer in terms of artistic exploration.
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