January 26, 2010

When heart matters!

I must confess that for me intent and spirit is far more important than the final product. If there is a film that has its heart at the right place, that is honest in its approach and execution, and that involves me emotionally, I prefer to ignore its flaws. Add to it some original thinking and a first-time filmmaker, and I am going to exalt the effort. So, this is what I intend to do here.

I watched 'Chintuji' when it released last year, in the theatre. And I re-watched it again today on DVD. I laughed. I cried. And I felt so good, I wanted to recommend it to everyone. There are flaws, no doubt about it. The screenplay has a side-track that could be totally avoided. And the execution suffers a little due to limited budget and lack of a top-class direction. But the writer-director has put together something that I will cherish forever. The song 'Akira Kurosaw', that I had mentioned in an earlier post has become my daily chant and the moment where 'Mera Naam Joker' finds its reference in the film, with the tune of 'Jaane Kahan Gaye Wo Din' playing over the pictures of Raj Kapoor, made me cry like a child. Watch the movie and you will understand what I mean. If you don't find it special, it's fine. But if you do, we'll have things to talk about.

Strongly recommended. Especially if what matters most for you is heart.