Firaaq Movie Review

Firaaq Movie Review

Firaaq Movie Review

The Film
Firaaq is a celluloid rhapsody of individualistic idiosyncrasies, collective aberrations and societal suicide, graphically and intensely captured by debutante director Nandita Das with unsuspecting sensitivity and susceptible sensibility.

Firaaq Movie Review

Firaaq Movie Review

Conceived in the aftermath of the infamous Gujarat riots of 2002, Firaaq provokes you into thinking particularly when most of us feel rather secure under an unstable shadow cast by an immensely avoidable eclipse of humanity.

Firaaq is a quest for humane identity in a world which is rapidly reverse evolving into an animal planet where living beings assume themselves to be humans but perpetually indulge in monkey-ing with life and donkey-ing with religion.

The Synopsis

Firaaq is a multiple ensemble of characters with multifarious threads of emotions surging into a perplexed plait of poignant drama unveiling the human frailties in a fragile multi-layered society.

Firaaq Movie Review

Firaaq Movie Review

When passionate hatred overtakes the passion for life, when treason over-rules the treaty of peaceful co-existence, the individuals have no other go except the silence of a mass grave.

Set in the backdrop of the nefarious Gujarat riots of 2002, Firaaq explores the plight of hapless people in a hopeless tragedy that sweeps them into an inevitable corner where even redemption becomes blashphemy.

There is an ordinary housewife Aarti (Deepti Naval) facing the brunt of innate unhelpfulness, an extraordinary Hindu-Muslim couple Anuradha and Sameer (Tisca Chopra & Sanjay Suri) in a mode of rediscovery, maestro Khan Saheb (Naseeruddin Shah) devoted to divine music, his housekeeper (Raghuvir Yadav), Muneera (Shahana Goswami) left with a burnt house, an unconscionable wheeler-dealer (Paresh Rawal) and a host of characters played by Nowaz, Md Samad, Dilip Joshi, Sumeet Raghavan, Vicky Ahuja, Amruta Subhash and Arun Kumar.

Firaaq is not in the linear story telling format but the characters bubble out from the decaying fizz of dizzy societal formulations.

The Performances
Nandita Das has come out with such masterful screenplay that no character has been allowed to out-grow the narration. The characters blended so naturally into the incidental events that the totality of the film is overwhelming in its impact.

All the actors delivered superlative performances. Their roles are identifiable, but the players are not as they consciously and rather surreptitiously got under the skin of the characters they were playing.

However, special mention should made about Sanjay Suri, Tisca Chopra, Shahana Goswami, Paresh Rawal, Deepti Naval and Naseeruddin Shah.

Firaaq Movie Review

Firaaq Movie Review

The Techniques
The screenplay by Nandita Das should be prescribed as a compulsory study material in all film institutes right from Los Angeles Film School, USA to Film and Television Institute of India, Pune and Japan Academy of Moving Images.

The Conception, Characterisation, Camera work, Communication and Clarity of Firaaq is simply outstanding. The characters slipping smoothly into Hindi, Gujarathi, English and Urdu in their dialogues ensure an almost factual authenticity to fictional Firaaq.

Cinematographer Ravi K. Chandran of Ghajini fame and Sreekar Prasad, who edited Guru and Yuva, have provided a seamless visual brilliance to Firaaq.

Gautam Sen’s art work is truly a work of art with colours symbolizing the moods. Music and original score by Rajat Dholakia and Piyush Kanojia has enhanced the narration values.

The Verdict

Firaaq Movie Review

Firaaq Movie Review

Firaaq is not meant to entertain you. It has come from the depths of human agony and is aimed at disturbing your nonchalance and provoke you into thinking.

Firaaq is a haunting film with a taunting theme that emotionally tantalizes the inner self in the quest for peace and intellectually titillates the ultimate pleasure of cinematic experience.

It is truly unthinkable how a suave human transforms into a savage, a broad-minded person resorting to barbarous brutalities and in a moment of mindlessness how the entire societal structure goes berserk into a communal carnage.

Firaaq of Nandita Das eminently deserves the right to be seen, to be dwelt upon and to be indulged in thoughtful reflection.

We should unreservedly join with Nandita Das in her deep-hearted, full-throttled, scream-less yet profound protest against the inhuman atrocities a human inflicts on him/her-self and on the biosphere itself.

Firaaq Movie Review

Firaaq Movie Review

Firaaq has already won accolades and awards at the Asian Festival of First Films 2008 in Singapore, International Thessaloniki Film Festival in Greece, International Film Festival of Kerala and Dubai International Film Festival.

For film buffs and serious students of cinema, the quest for a very good Indian film ends with Firaaq, for the time being. Incidentally, the word firaaq in Urdu means both separation and quest.

The Cast and Crew
Paresh Rawal, Deepti Naval, Nowaz, Mohd. Samad, Naseeruddin Shah, Sanjay Suri, Tisca Chopra, Shahana Goswami, Raghubir Yadav, Dilip Joshi, Sumeet Raghavan, Vicky Ahuja, Amruta Subhash, Arun Kumar
Writers: Nandita Das and Shuchi Kothari
Music Director: Rajat Dholakia, Piyush Kanojia
Camera: Ravi K. Chandran
Editor: Sreekar Prasad
Producer: Percept Picture Company
Director: Nandita Das

The Rating
4 out of 5

Review of Deen Kumar

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3 Responses to “Firaaq Movie Review”

  1. Vajrashilpi says:

    Brilliant review….May the tribe of Nandita Das & Co thrive in Bollywood

  2. S Rathi says:

    Nandita Das is a sick lady with a sick mindset. She proved it with Firaaq. How can you be so stupid. Hatred and communal vilence is not community/religion/or for that matter caste oriented, it is mob oriented. What fear is she talking of ?? Has she ever seen the plight of Kashmiri Pandits living refugee in their own country for decades for no fault of theirs. In fact i bet she would never make a movie on their plight or infact plight of minority Hindu families living in Pakistan.. Why…???? Because this sick lady wont get the recognition with that. In fact there is no difference between the kind of her and politician playing minority card for muslims.
    If she is so worried about India and so called minority i would suggest her with all the riches she have it is better to mobilize NGOs for eduacating the poors whether hindu or muslims. Bring their madarsas into mainstream, get them affilated as done by UP Government. Press the center govnt for all these kind of issues that could atleast change the life of few. ………. But people want publicity and movies like these are publicity stunts. Such movies never have the potential to change any government policies or people opinion. People see them and forget them the time they are home.. People like her get their own shortcut to FIVE MINUTES OF FAME..

  3. krishna says:

    i would say a -10 or minus infinity for any nandita das movie…..