There is a saying ‘whats there in mahabharata is there in Bharata’. In the pretext of this movie, it won’t be wrong to say, whats there in Sajjanpur is there in India.
The movie has a balanced proportion of good humour, political satire, reflection of current affairs, social drama and of course good music.
The greatest strength of this movie, thus remains that you actually can’t place the movie in any particular genre.
Movie revolves around stories of several independant characters living in Sajjanpur yet connected together through a common thread : the letter writer.
Shyam Benegal was marvellous in gellying this old cocept in the pretext of modern India. Thats why we got to see Mahadev, the letter writer is not only confined to writing postcards and Inland letters but also sending sms !! We also see a person asking Mahadev to dispatch ‘santoshi ma’ post cards randomly to 100 people whom he knows . Don’t we find similar stuff in our mail box every other day ?
Despite the fact that the climax was bit rushed up, Shyam Benegal showed his natural talent in telling stories once again.
Unlike ‘Mumbai meri Jaan’ or ‘A Wednesday’, I guess, there won’t be any long lasting impact of this movie and that’s remains its strength precisely.
Confused ? Go to Sajjanpur !!