Rang De Basanti – The color of saffron

Rang De Basanti - The color of saffron

Rang De Basanti – The color of saffron

  So far, Bollywood movies were not exactly as the last stronghold upright political awareness to the hostility of the fun society, on the contrary: With the exception of Veer Zaara policy, or even signs of a social criticism in the Indian cinema came to little or historically was trimmed, just as the subcontinent had no major problems to overcome than a little heartache here and there a bit of a broken heart. In between was a little singing and dancing, feeling great and lived out in the end they had all once loved, period. With Rang De Basanti – The color saffron is now a 160-minute opus in the German cinema, which is preparing to put an end to this hedonism, but not too abrupt, because so utterly devoid of love, dance and hip banghra Mucke also comes Rakesh Omprakash Mehra not out.

Even the narrator’s perspective is unusual: Sue (Alice Patten) is a young film director from London, flies to New Delhi to meet with the help of the diaries of her grandfather, who in the British military administration of India was busy making a film about the militant Indian independence movement around Bhaghat Singh. A project under consideration, however, from the outset under a bad star, for Sue’s boss has radically pruned the budget for the ambitious film. Nevertheless, Sue is insistent and makes his way to India. Locally it is the Indian student, Sonia (Soha Ali Khan) help to find actors and locations to. The two young women who come are good straight away, at a party to the four students DJ (Aamir Khan), Karan (Siddharth), Sukhi (Sharman Joshi) and Aslam (Kunal Kapoor), which is currently rather than fetal have been interested in politics to participate, although they are more willing to declare out of boredom, as an actor during shooting. More and more, the seemingly carefree students grow into the roles of the resistance fighters, and shaken as a terrible disaster, the group around Sue and Sonia, they decide to wake up from their lethargy and get into action …

director Rakesh Omprakash Mehra (Aks), has not gekleckert for his new work, but neat geklotzt, even if some concession to the conventions go awry almost Bollywood. Thus, the superstar Aamir Kahn with his 40 years as a student is actually a smooth miscast and some other oddity sometimes undermines the unquestionably good intentions of the film. As a positive noticeable is the new perspective on India and its problems: Unlike other films from the subcontinent of view of young people in their own country has become disillusioned, and clearly contemptuous resignation. You see under the circumstances hardly a perspective for themselves, as well as the blessings did not help much touted globalization, known in India as for us, only a few winners and many losers. It is India’s lost generation, which is here for the first time portrayed on the big screen. Of course it is also in Rang De Basanti – The color of saffron, not without the usual ingredients of film “made an Indian” than when singing and dancing to suitable and unsuitable locations and in sprawling length would be. Clearly felt the love as the great central theme of Bollywood cinema into the background, and still serves only as a focus for development of the plot. Especially in the second part of the film through the tragic deaths of Sonia’s fiance is very direct and quite frankly the call (also armed) resistance to a sincere as corrupt regimes on – sounds that act in a largely apolitical Bollywood cinema new and almost revolutionary. In India itself, the film earned enthusiastic response from the youthful audience that made the film a veritable box office hit, and also met with outrage, because it views violence. Even though the reason may seem for the sudden change of mood is relatively commonplace and legal acts designed: Rang De Basanti – The color of saffron adds to the Bollywood cinema, a new, fresh and politicized variation that raises the hope that once as a teen-movie ridiculed films from the subcontinent are now, finally grown up. The audience is growing even with the end. And the stars are also older …

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: Rang De Basanti – The color of saffron Country of production: India Year of production: 2006 Length: 160 (min) ( #) Distribution: Rapid Eye Movies

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