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"My Mother used to say that sometimes the wrong train gets you to the right destination'
This movie for me is the definition of 'subtle'. From the start to finish the subtle remarks, the blend of innocence and maturity through fortuitous exchange of a lunch box, the betrayal faced by Ila and the insecurities of old age in Sajan and finally, the journey to finding themselves through one another was what I take with me as an audience. The part that is permanently etched in my memory is when she writes that Bhutan is a happy country and she will run away with her daughter to get away from her cheating husband. While, he replies that he'd like to go along with her and her innocent reply to which was, "How can you come with us when I don't even know your name" and the smile that blooms on Sajan's face is remarkable.
There was not just one but many subtle messages throughout the movie. I am glad I caught it all; Ila smelling her husband's shirt to know that he is having an affair,from the shooing flies at the same instant while Sajan is eating Bananas and Ila is reading the letter in the kitchen, the expression of anger in more spicy food, to Sajan movie title track playing at their respective places, hearing about the lady who commits suicide with a daughter, to the dialogue "Sometimes even the wrong train gets you to the right destination" I absolutely loved the conclusion of the movie. My friend was agitated because to her it was incomplete, to her she wanted it to be a love story with a positive end where they run away and are happily ever after. But to me, the end was perfect. I don't look at it as incomplete but rather as an on going tale. It left me with this beautiful mysterious feeling which I regard as 'depth'. I believe that they had to come across one another to evolve into strong characters. Ila needed to take the step of running away to Bhutan and Sajan needed to get over his mundane old life style to begin experiences little little joys of life.
I say the movie was wonderfully shot, the command of the language by the actors, the set and the pace with which the movie unfolded only captivated its audience deeper into the story.
I loved the inclusion of humour through certain instances like, "things aren't as bad as they seem" - when Sajan was on the local train and thought the old lady was sexually invading him while it was only someone's briefcase. I couldn't stop laughing for so long!
Three amazing actors: Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Nimrat Kaur. The progression of Sajan from the start of the movie to the end was phenomenal. I felt as though I am witnessing a transformation happen in front of my eyes and I could see the attraction/romance take a toll on the character. The only other Indian actor who I believe could pull this off would be Nasirruddin Shah.
The character of innocent yet trying to be clever Desi, making a living in a fast paced city was well portrayed by Nawazuddin Siddique but I do believe this role has similar tone to it like the one in Gangs of Wassaypur. I wonder with superficial requirements in Indian Cinema would anybody else take the courage to give him any other roles than playing the 'common man'.
Nimrat Kaur played the house wife very close to reality; Low make-up to ordinary Indian dressing to the command on language and the body language like while she sat on the tool to sniff clothes to put them for washing and the mannerism with which she sat on the dinning table folding her legs on the chair and sipping tea in a small glass cup and also reading the letter.
Though my favourite character was Mrs. Deshpande!! A woman whose voice added so much humour to the movie.
I wouldn't change anything about this movie because I like it as it is. And as an audience such movies make me believe in that form of creativity that is not dark but deep.