FILM – Sahi Dhande Galat Bande
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on August 20, 2011 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Preeti Jhangiani
DIRECTOR – Parvin Dabas
WRITER – Parvin Dabas
CAST – Parvin Dabas, Vansh Bhardwaj, Ashish Nair, Kuldeep Ruhil, Sharat Saxena
MUSIC – Suhas, Siddharth, Dhruv Dhalla, Master Mahavir Chopra
Our world is rife with socio-political issues of all kinds and the more we progress on an economic and technological level, the more we seem to get steeped into issues that should, fundamentally not have risen. ‘Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande’ speaks out on one such issue; that of unfair land acquisition at the cost of displacement and ruin of poor farmers.
Written with a lot of heart the film treads softly on all fronts, never idealistic, never trivialising. It builds mood and momentum steadily and does away with anything forceful. It has a thin story-line but its meat is in the narrative that treats Rajbir and the issue with sympathy.
Set in a sleepy village, the film captures its setting with perfect realism uncaring about beautification. Its beauty is in the variety of little symbols it invests in its frames which makes this debut feature a pleasing, creative effort. A vacillating character is juxtaposed with a swinging centre-piece and the death of an activist / teacher has a motionless pencil next to his dead body in the frame. Little things speak and the film is all about those.
It is this eye for detail that helps bring the characters to life even if semi-carved. Dialogues are earthy and at times accents slip but the moments are all honest and that by far, isn’t a small triumph.
The film steers clear of delving deeper into the socio-political mess our country has become and hence turns naive and dreamy towards its climax. Power gives up too easily and consciences are too easily awakened. It loses its charm in the end since it makes the solutions too easy. However, full marks to debutante writer-director Parvin Dabbas for a film with undiluted spark and honesty.