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Ankhon Dekhi (2013)

Ankhon Dekhi centers around Raje Bauji, played by Sanjay Mishra who, after a dramatic incident, decides that he will only believe what he sees with his eyes.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sanjay Mishra ... Bauji
Seema Bhargava ... Amma (as Seema Pahwa)
Rajat Kapoor ... Chacha
Taranjit Kaur ... Chachi
Maya Sarao Maya Sarao ... Rita
Chandrachoor Rai Chandrachoor Rai ... Shammi
Namit Das ... Ajju
Brijendra Kala ... Shibbo Babu
Alka Chatwal Alka Chatwal ... Sarup Bua (as Alka Chawla)
Manu Rishi Chadha Manu Rishi Chadha ... Sharma Ji (as Manu Rishi Chaddha)
Mahesh Sharma Mahesh Sharma ... Baooa
Anil Chaudhary Anil Chaudhary ... Chaudhary Saab
Manish Karnatak Manish Karnatak ... Jeevan
Dhruv Uday Singh ... Dhruv (as Dhruv Singh)
Saurabh Shukla ... Boss


Raje Bauji (Sanjay Mishra) is a man in his late fifties, living out a dreary but eventful life in a small house in old Delhi- where he lives with his extended family. A random incident is going to change his life in a dramatic way- though he does not realize at the moment. Bauji's daughter has been seeing a boy of ill repute. When that fact is revealed to the family, after much deliberation they decide to do the obvious- lock up the girl and go beat the willful boy. It is a funny old journey of this man, this old fool- who is both Lear and the fool. Written by Wikipedia

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21 March 2014 (India) See more »

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Rajat Kapoor's Ankhon Dekhi is another milestone in his journey.
27 March 2014 | by vijay220-950-483712See all my reviews

Truth can make you happy, miserable and also make your pants wet before it sets you free. Rajat Kapoor's Ankhon Dekhi is an excellent film with a slice of life. It's a brilliant portrayal of an ordinary man's journey to find his own existence. Sanjay Mishra, the lead protagonist is in a network of relationships as a father, brother, husband, neighbour and travel agent. A small family incident triggers a thought in Bauji's (Sanjay Mishra) mind that he would not take things at face value and would only believe what he experiences- discovering his own truth. He questions anything and everything that comes his way which creates situations for humour, satire and moments of profundity. He lives in a congested house in old Delhi lane. The excellent camera work gives you a worm's view of life, relationships and reality. You almost smell the air, taste the food and see the damp, well-lived walls.

Bauji's first discovery is that truth is beautiful. He says to his office boy 'You are beautiful. His name is Satya. Things in life around him begin to appear in different hues and flavors. In one scene, Bauji is checking his specs and is surprised at his own short-sited view. The story travels from ordinary to divine to absurdity as Bauji deconstruct his own life. It is his personal journey. He even rebukes his lazy followers to embark upon their own path of discovery.

The cast is predictable as Rajat Kapoor's regular ensemble but that they each have lived up to their calibre and reputation. Performances are brilliant and real. Kapoor doesn't preach; he just lays bare the challenges of one's journey of self-discovery. The cost of finding the truth is high and sometimes appears as selfish as Buddha leaving his wife. Bauji's startling questions stop you to ask yourself, who are you? What have you become? What is your personal truth? What you are looking for is right around you. All you need is to discover it employing your own sense and sensibility. The lazy and the lost ones give up easily and rely on other people's perspective. But the search could be dangerous and disturbing as well. Watch the end of the film.

Rajat Kapoor has given his best performance as Rishi Chacha. Seema Pahwa is wonderful as Amma. It's sad that she doesn't get roles to showcase her talents. Maya Sarao as Rita is excellent. There are several characters and each one stays with you. Rajat has done a brilliant job as writer director.

The plot loses its path at times but the acting keeps the audience engaged. The pace in the first half is a bit slow but picks up speed post the interval. Excellent camera-work, the tactile background score makes you almost feel the life of a middle class family with your fingers tips.

Ankhon Dekhi is a high tea in your day. The taste and experience stay with you for a long time. A must watch.

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