India Mera Jaan
The movie deals with the lives of few people around the event of train blasts that shook Mumbai on 11th July, 2006. It shows, how unrelated people and their lives are linked to one event that changed the cityscape for ever. Watch out for great performance from Paresh Rawal (Patil), a cop who is about to retire around the time, the blasts occured. He has accepted the system and learnt to make best use of his position and has no qualms about accepting bribes as he has to fend for himself. He has developed unique sense of humour to maintain good spirits in the workforce and with colleagues. He tries to groom his subordinate Kadam (Vijay Mourya delivers strong performance) to learn to accept that, he is too much of a small fry to impact or bring any change in the system. Kadam goes through great turmoil inside, unable to make any difference. Through his eyes, Patil does develop some regret about not doing anything worthwhile in his career spanning more than three decades at the time of retiring.
Rupali (Soha Ali Khan) is a reporter in news channel, who has made a career in showing people's personal lives in times of great loss and calamities. Ajya, her fiance finds it odd, that when a person has suffered irrevocable personal loss, insensitive television journalists would ask...'aap ko kaisa lag raha hai?'. Rupali is herself thrown at the receiving end, when Ajay dies in one of the blasts and her channel tries to get bites from her and create a program around her life story, which would feed into TRP's. Her boss and colleagues don't find it awkward to ask her for contributing into channel's success, when she is trying to cope with her personal loss (watch out for the moment when her boss asks her for bypassing her emotions to benefit the channel). Soha delivers a good performance, and to some extent is the surprise package among other great actors. The scene where she tries to describe what Ajay was wearing (when none is visible among the victims' remains) and remember the shoe colour (blue with beige stripes) is heart rendering.
Nikhil (Madhavan) is a righteous educated individual, who wants to stay in India and think and do well for the country, like take public transport to work, inspite of strong pressure to succumb from family and friends. He also doesn't want to escape to developed countries in search of a better life. He was on one of the trains, which gets bombed, but gets saved by a stroke of luck on the fateful day. However his friend loses his hand and he is gripped with fear. The scenes to watch our for are, where is hesitant to take the train a few days after the incident due to fear and when he has nightmares of blasts and visits a psychiatrist for treatment.
Kay Kay is a frustrated, unemployed youth, who loafs around with few friends, while observing life in the city getting changed forever. He has strong contempt for Muslims, and isn't hesitant to blame the religion and it's followers for all things evil. He even finds his own suspect for the blast, when one of the regulars at a cafe, where he hangs around goes missing from the day of the blast and tries to trace him.
Irfan Khan is a migrant trying to lead his life in the big city with his family. He tries to vent his anger on being humiliated in front of the family by making crank calls to spread the fear of bombs in the city, which brings life to a standstill. When he sees an old man and his family suffer, he realise the futility of his earlier actions and tries to make amends.
The movie is about the fear of fear. It could as well be the story of any other city in India or around the world. However there is a strong message towards the end of the movie, when it shows, that people in general and in majority are good and goodness prevails and takes us forward. There is no foot-tapping music, but there is good background score. cinematography to capture the city lanscape is good, though the blast scenes and some of the accident scenes could have been done better. A must watch for all good movie lovers. Just, don't expect usual entertainment stuff. A standing ovation in the theatre at the end is a good testimony to the quality of the movie.