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Black & White  (2008 - Hindi)

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Black & White cumulative rating: 2.75 out of 52.75/5 (39 users)

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  • Black & White rating: 5 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 30 Mar 2008)

    ‘The ‘Grey’ Karma’ Subhash Ghai ventured into the path of terrorism way back in ‘Karma’ which was a blockbuster commercial cinema. This time Ghai is back with terrorism as its main theme, but in a different avtaar. No typical masala melodrama, instead a different hard hitting subject matter film. ‘Black and White’ is a tale of Mehmood Albak {Anurag Sinha}, an Afghani who works for a terrorist organization. He vows to attack on 15th August at Red Fort as a suicide bomber. He changes his identity to Numair Qazi, and stays with his uncle Gaffar Bhair {Habib Tanvir}, a poet who resides at Chandni Chowk, in the heart of Delhi. He plans to attack the Red Fort with external support from Naiem Bhai {Arun Bakshi}, a Muslim party politician {Aakash Khurana} and their local goon {Milind Gunaji}. Meanwhile he comes across with Dr.Rajan Mathur {Anil Kapoor}, an Urdu professor and a respected man in Chandni Chowk. When all sources of obtaining the pass for the 15th August function fails, Numaier targets Rajan Mathur and his wife Roma Mathur {Shefali Chaya}. He tries to get close to their family and eventually wins their heart. He obtains the pass for the function, but fate has its own plans. Subhash Ghai’s story has plenty of twists, rawness, some loopholes and a predicted climax. The screenplay, which starts on the gripping side, slides to a normal pace towards the end. Camera work by Somak Mukherjee is the most important factor in the movie. He has captured the rawness of Chandni Chowk and Delhi city brilliantly. From metro rail to Red Fort, from local bazaars to Chandni Chowk’s cramped lanes and so on, the camera goes everywhere. Music by Sukhwinder Singh is good. The songs ‘Jogi aaya jogi aaya…’ and ‘Main chala…’ goes well with the feel of the movie. Background music by Ranjit Barot is perfect as per the movie requirement. Subhash Ghai, one of India’s best entertainers who made many commercial hits and few flops too, has now dared to enter the world of hard hitting movies without the hangover of his commercial cinema. This movie is far better than Ghai’s last few duds. But after experiencing the hard hitting cinema from Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Anurag Kashyap and others, such movies need more rawness and hard hitting climax, which Subhash Ghai fails somewhere. Despite all this, he still impresses with his own way of story telling. He preferred to say the story from a different perspective of the main protagonist. On the performance side, watching Habib Tanvir was a delight. He adds a different rawness to such movies with his expressions, background voice, etc. Wish the same could have been said for the newcomer Aditi Sharma. She hardly has a role and fails to leave her charm. Arun Bakshi, Milind Gunaji and Aakash Khurana have done their small role as required. Shefali Chaya was good, and delivers her part with total conviction. But one wished a bit more. Newcomer Anurag Sinha was fantastic. He looked totally confident and moved around smoothly through out the movie. The role looked tailor-made for him. He expressed his feelings through his body movements especially with his eyes. His opponent Anil Kapoor too gave a good performance, and that’s what is expected from him. Watch him in the anti climax scene. If Anurag says everything from his eyes, Anil says it all from his smile. So….”bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ is film mein kitna hain dum???” Dum hain…. technically and performance wise. But on the story front the movie fails. Especially the predicted climax, which makes us feel that the soul of movie is missing. The movie is neither an out and out ‘Black’ {a total hard hitting terrorist based movie} nor a ‘White’ {a feel good patriotic movie} one. It tries to capture the combination of both and end ups as a Decent ‘Grey’ affair.

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