Myoho – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on December 16, 2012 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Chetan Vohra
DIRECTOR – Ranjan Shandilya
WRITER – Ranjan Shandilya
CAST – Kanwaljit Singh, Yashpal Sharma, Malay Chakrabarty, Brijendra Kala
MUSIC – Runa Rizvi
In divisive and obstinately communal times like ours chest-beating and preachy philosophies hold no appeal. Hence, writer-director Ranjan Shandilya takes the action-reaction discourse of karma and lays out the dynamics of actions playing themselves out over lifetimes to emphasise the ultimate self-destruction the politics of hate are hurtling us towards.
To drive home the point, he begins by naming his film Myoho. It is the Buddhist term for the mystic law that governs the workings of the universe and evolution of the humankind. It even uses Sufi music to underscore the almost plaintive atmosphere.
This Mystic Law, pans out in the film through events connected over two eras, one the early thirties and the second of the new millennium. A set of characters having undergone the Bihar earthquake of 1934, one of the worst in history, are reborn and find themselves facing the 26/11 Mumbai tragedy. Events are connected in a thread of the action-reaction time ripple and as they unfold, the meaning of karma does too.
It is an honest and well-thought out philosophy that the film sets its discourse around. Needless to say, it is very timely as well. Platitudes nor rebellion seems to be working to stitch together the massively damaged fabric of our national identity. The film takes up the burning issue of communal disharmony and presents the anti-thesis in a heartfelt manner.
It is probably this heartfelt intention that sets the tone of the performances of everyone. Kanwaljeet Singh, Yashpal Sharma and Birjendra Kala are actors known for their acting chops and they invest the depth required. The rest of the mostly lesser-known cast support with sincerity and that takes the attention off the somewhat under-developed characters.
However, the low production values and the under-written nature of the dialogues lends a certain unfinished, even amateurish feel to an otherwise genuine film. It is far more worth investing in than those run-of-the-mill comedies we seem to be bombarded by the dozen.