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I AM  (2011 - Hindi)

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I AM cumulative rating: 2.5 out of 52.5/5 (20 users)

I AM critics rating: 3.2 out of 5 3.2/5 (9 critics)

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  • Bold, Bolder…but not boring….

    I AM rating: 7 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 02 May 2011)

    Few years back Sanjay Suri and a new debutant director Onir gave us an emotional film ‘My Brother Nikhil’. That time was the rise of multiplex films and the film dealt with a true story along with the ‘Gay’ angle in it. The niche audience loved it and thus started the series of few more films from this Director-Actor combo. Sadly their last two were not that great, but this time they along with many other well know actors come back in their latest offering ‘I Am’ which has four different stories dealing with four different people living in India. Let’s find out how much different and better it is than Onir’s best work.

    “I AM” deals with four short stories, “Aafia”, “Megha”, “Abhimanyu” and “Omar”. Aafia {Nandita Das} – is story of women looking out for her identity in form of mother. She desperately wants to be a mother, but her husband leaves her and thus she decided to go for sperm donation. The second story is about Megha {Juhi Chawla} a Kashmiri pandit who goes back to her house in Srinagar with all the bitter memories; out there she meets her childhood friend Rubina {Manisha Koirala}. The third story shows us the confused and stressed life of Abhimanyu {Sanjay Suri} who has a dark past and is trying to get away from it. Last story is about Jai {Rahul Bose} and his horrifying incident with cops along with Omar {Arjun Mathur} .

    All stories are different and have loads to say. The first one ‘Aafia’ is the most simple and feel good type story showing us the dilemma of the leading lady and her sperm donor. The second story “Megha” is a hard hitting political story based on Kashmiri Pandits, but the director tried to balance it by showing the traumas of the Kashmiri out there in an unconvincing way, thus making it the weakest story of the lot. “Abhimanyu” is based on real incident and is creatively made. It’s quite dark and bold but bitter truth of life. “Omar” shows us how the Gay people are being attacked and made victim before the law passed by the government. All four stories are good and screenplay keeps you glued to your seats. They move so fast that you don’t have time to think. Some of the best scenes of the movie are – {Aafia} The Fasting funda in hospital, Nandita conversation with Purab , {Megha} Juhi’s first meet with Manisha and her family, Juhi remembering the past and busting out at Manisha, {Abhimanyu} Sanjay-Radhika conversations, Sanjays flashback scenes, {Omar} Rahul-Arjun Dinner scene, Rahul –Arjun busted by cop {Abhimanyu Singh} and more. On the flip side the end of Megha was quite simple, the weird dream of Abhimanyu, and the finale. The director just ends the film abruptly wanting us for more. Something more should had been shown in the final clip. Camera work is great and so is the editing. The film is total crisp and fast moving.

    Music is soothing and so is the background score.

    Onir’s direction has matured far enough from his first film. He has tried to attempt more in the genre or zone where he is comfortable. Without being preachy or promoting gay culture he has portrayed the topic in a very settle way. His last two stories Abhimanyu and Omar are quite bold and dark in compared to the film made out here in our Hindi film industry. We expect him to make more such films with different themes in future.

    Nandita Das gives us a fine performance as Aafia, Purab is simple and sweet, Juhi Chawla is good and different, Manisha Koirala is wasted, Radhika Apte and Shernaz patel are fine, Sanjay Suri is superb and so is Anuraag Kashyap {You goona love hating him}, Rahul Bose is fantastic and so is Abhimanyu Singh. Arjun gives good support. Anuraag Basu and others does their part well.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ is film mein kitna hai dum ?

    Dum hai, kaafi dum hai, infect kaafi dumdaar hai. But everyone might not like this film as it’s too dark and bold. The director tries to show plenty of new stuff as far as Hindi films goes. His way of film narration is tight. Thus the film is bold and bolder at times, but not at all boring. Ya it might not suite many people who might not be comfortable with this entire genre and a strict no for all those expecting entertainment or even some good connection between all the stories. For rest who loves good cinema, hard hitting cinema, reality cinema – Go for it.

    Ratings : 3.75+/5

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