A film about loving the other. This film critiques certain pitfalls of nationalism that create conditions to justify war, killing and violence. 'Meherjaan' attempts to offer an aesthetic solution to war and violence.
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During the war in 1971, Meher falls in love with a soldier from the enemy side. When her love is discovered, she is shamed and silenced by her family and society. Today 38 years after the war, Meher has a visitor she cannot turn down. Sarah-a 'war-child,' Meher's cousin Neela's daughter, who was given away for adoption has come back to piece together her past. Together, these two women must re-tell history through their stories in order to cut through the stigmas and walk into light. Written by
Many Things are Fair in this Story of Love and War
Meherjaan is more about the war of different ideologies than the actual combats that took place in 1971 Bangladesh. The interactions among Freedom fighters, the communists and the seekers of reconciliation showed this dilemma very well. The story is told from a perspective that was never seen in any previous 1971 movies, the dilemma of social leaders, the fact that people did not cease to be human beings just because a war is happening and they belong to a particular side of the battle. As far as love is concerned, the image of "the Knight and his girl" portrays the teenage emotions which disregards the surrounding realities. There are some memorable scenes in Meherjan, e.g. the scene when Wasim leaves the village in a boat for ever; or when Meher comes to the window to see his imprisoned lover. The cinematography in this film is generally good, and great at some points. The Baul music used in some scenes were helpful to understand the emotions of the characters. Victor Banarjee have done a wonderful acting as the Grandpa. But some conspicuous flaws prevented this film from becoming a great one. The costume of the female characters was not consistent with the time of the story. Very recent styles of dialog and pronunciation were used by the characters of 1971 Bangladesh. The acting of the two romantic leads were not up to the mark. The chemistry between Meher and Wasim were not allowed to be shown before the audience. I have rated this movie 6/10 which is way higher than other contemporary Bangla films. If you are tired of the same typical stories of war, go watch this movie to see something new.
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