“Mobile Morgue” – Ashu read on a van. As he overtook the van he glanced at the driver. A chill went down his spine. “You can try to maneuver as far as possible, but you cannot escape the life’s ultimate reality” were the expression on driver’s face. The exact thoughts were in Ashu’s mind too.
“The journey from ego to realization” – This is what the film is all about, to describe it in one sentence.
Anant (Sandip Kulkarni) is born to play basketball. He’s a coach of a basketball team in Nagpur, until the team unbeaten (Ajinkya) till this game, is defeated. His expectation of “We should win every match by at least 25 points” is shattered and as promised to his wife, he quits basketball altogether. He cannot digest the defeat and ahead of sour relationship with his wife Saee (Kadambari Kadam) he decides to get himself transferred. His egotist approach towards game, as well as life, estranges his relation with his wife and drowns him towards denial.
The second half of the movie guides him away from his egotist approach and makes him understand and accept his faults and responsibilities. Various small things, that happen with him in this new town and new people, make him realize how wrong was his path towards excellence. Sarika Nilatkar, his ex-assistant coach and a family friend, is pivotal in bringing him close to realization. Various instances are beautifully crafted to outline this journey. The movie, overall, is good to watch and learn.
Having said that, the film however keeps you guessing for references (of some scenes) and misses high-points which are necessary to build the story and tempo. The mosaic of flashback and present is delicately woven but their constant and unwarranted occurrences baffle the viewer. There are two songs in the movie “Ajinkya Theme Song” and “Jari majha tujha ha khel” which go very well with the situations. It is good to see that movie is not flooded with songs (as the story doesn’t quite need them to hold) and optimum quantity is assured. The cinematography is crisp and precise. The unnecessary usage of bold lighting is avoided and doesn’t get engaged in shenanigans of awkward angles. A bit better editing could have made the movie bloom more.
Congratulations to the whole team of “Ajinkya” – most of them (barring the actors) are first timers and the effort is very credible. I wish much more success to them in the coming time.
What IMDB says – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1255953/
Disturbing, gripping, revealing.
The story starts from societal issue of the protagonist, Nawal Marwan, being a single mother and traverses through various emotions, hardships and stark realities of the world, her world.
The notary officer, for whom Nawal worked for 18 years as a secretary, delivers two envelopes to her kids, the twin brother and sister, after she dies of a stroke. One envelope reads “For your father” and the other reads “For your brother”. The kids are in a shock after they come to know that they have another brother. The boy, having hatred in his heart for their mother, denies doing anything with those envelopes and thinks of moving on with their lives. However the sister is sensitive and thinks of following the trail back to their mother’s past and dig the links as their mother’s last wish. The story starts from here.
The plot is set in an imaginary place named “Daresh”. After being impregnated by her lover and after her family comes to know about this, her brothers kill her lover and almost killed Nawal too. The grandmother somehow pities on her and asks her to deliver the child. The grandmother then asks her to leave the village and move to town, without the kid as she gives away the kid, the village not being safe for Nawal anymore. Nawal moves into city, starts working with University’s radio station, learns French but the desire to find the whereabouts of her child is still burning within her. With the same desire she starts tracking back her child and comes to know that the kid was given to an orphanage in South (a place dreaded to be full with extremists).
She then gets caught for killing a Nationalist politician and spends 15 years in jail. The movie talks about her sufferings while being a single mother, being away from her child, being in jail and being in a society so full with hatred and revenge. Her ordeal in keeping a secret, facing the torture and yet forgive the torturer, a shocking revelation at the end and above all be rational about everything is captured very beautifully in the movie. The movie also shows us what kind of world surrounds us and we have no idea of. See this movie to watch what a woman have to go through in a life in extreme situations and what being a mother means. Not surprised that the movie was nominated for Oscar in 2011 and has won Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
April reminds me of “April Fool“. It wasn’t just a day, but people used to make fool of others for the entire month of April. Besides being April Fool’s month, it is used to be a month of examinations in school, even that is April Fool in a sense. You would anticipate a set of questions to come in the question paper and a complete different set of questions would stare at you from down under, as if saying April Fool.
April also reminds me of a “hoax” similar to 21 December 2012. I don’t quite remember the date, but I was in hostel, away from home, just for the preparation of 10th. One fine day, everyone started saying that one XYZ day there is going to be a flood which will submerge the whole world.
One April’s day, the
World threatened to end,
We were just fourteen,
with all the life to spend.
Staying far away from,
parents and home,
we dreaded the water,
covering the dome.
We wanted to be ready,
to face the end of the World,
be with parents,
in mother’s lap, and curled.
But that was not to be,
we were left with pals,
holding each other’s hands,
waiting, when the Earth stalls.
But it turned out to be,
yet another hoax,
the World chose to continue,
the cat was not out of the box.
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The year was 1999. It sent chills down our spine when we heard of this said apocalypse. We bunked classes, lunches and everything. But are glad that it was just another hoax. It was the biggest “April Fool” anybody would have pulled on such a huge mass 😛
Written for Month of the Year Writing Challenge – Season 3