A film you fall in love right from the first moment with a gentle poem and it keeps getting better n better to the very-end climax where he screams his heart-of-a-poet out in the cruel world; and the intelligent & interesting plotwise and welldrawn characters and the mise-en-scène that emphasizes every moments and musical staging that I thought to find only in Tsai films; and yet Dutt find a place for some proper fun
Un flamboyant mélodrame d'un sombre pessimisme ambiant, stigmatisant avec force et fougue certaines détresses et fêlures de la société indienne, pourtant libérée du carcan colonialiste, qui s'enfonce dans une profonde amertume générée par maintes désillusions économiques, politiques et sociales. Une magnifique scénographie musicale, agrémentée d'une extraordinaire fluidité de la caméra... www.cinefiches.com
3,5 Sandwiched in between devil and the deep blue sea, btw those overwhelmed by towering respect for history which reduced them to servile subjects incapable of shaping their own thoughts (intellectuals, publishers) and those totally immersed in the present, blindly adjusting to its dictates (plain hangry folks), Dutt's poet carves a personal contemporaneousness, simultaneously in & out of his time, adhering & apart.
It was way too long and overbloated, and I feel the film would have worked better at 90 minutes as opposed to 2 1/2 hours. There are some beautiful moments of cinematography here, and Dutt eschews predictability at times, but overall I found myself checking my watch a lot. The songs are really what made the movie.
Oliver Assayas on the music from the film, "Possibly one of the most remarkable transpositions of poetry on screen. Dutt plays the poet himself and when he says the verses, he actually sings (using the beautiful voice of Mohammad Rafi). It's just out of this world. More than once I've had tears in my eyes listening to the audio tape I bought in Delhi in the late eighties".