In a remote village in India a man called Pagla (madman) serves the Mahapoojary and two disciples of a Devi Maa Bhagwati temple. One day a wealthy man brings a mentally challenged young ...
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In a remote village in India a man called Pagla (madman) serves the Mahapoojary and two disciples of a Devi Maa Bhagwati temple. One day a wealthy man brings a mentally challenged young woman named Pagli (madwoman) to serve in the temple to atone for the death of his abused wife. Pagla and Pagli both decide to get married, incurring the ire of the entire village. The Panchayat is asked to intervene and they decide to keep the two separate, which is not acceptable to both, and they run away to Bombay. Upon arrival, they are met there by Police Inspector Pardesi who sees tremendous potential in them for making some money for himself. He arranges to house them in an under-construction sky-caper, makes a temporary temple for them, and arranges for devotees to line-up, pay large sums of money and get their blessings. Pardesi, the devotees, pimps and others witness that whenever Pagla bangs the drum something happens to Pagli and she acts as though possessed, makes predictions, conjures ... Written by
I bought the DVD as it was on sale and it starred Bajpai and Kulkarni (whose works I have liked). 'Hanan' is one film of which I have mixed opinions. I cannot say I regret buying the DVD (yet) nor can I say I'm proud to have it (yet). I think it's brave of Deshpande to make a film on the current concept of religion vs atheism vs humanity. However, the idea seems lost at places. For example, why does Deshpande decide to show the protagonists, Pagla and Pagli, in the city? What was he trying to say? Was he trying to show how corrupt life in the city is? Why? Perhaps things will be a lot clearer if I rewatch 'Hanan'. Technically the film is adequate. I liked the village setting. The canal seems to play an important part (and is presented in a very subtle way). The songs do hinder the pace of the film and some could have easily been left out. The 'Pal Pal' song which is set in the movie theatre featuring numerous backup dancers seems out of place. The performances are mostly adequate. Manoj Bajpai is dependable as always. Sonali Kulkarni does well. The two actors share a sweet chemistry that stresses the purity and innocence of Pagla and Pagli's bond. Sayaji Shinde is the same as in his other films. Suhasini Mulay is good and Seema Biswas is brilliant. I think it's a brave and sincere effort of the director and perhaps a movie that can be discussed among friends.
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