The Quintessential Indian Classic
This was a truly Indian blockbuster, with a script that was authentic and not inspired by Hollywood or other foreign cinema. A riveting and unrelenting film which showcases some of the best acting and script-writing Bollywood has ever seen.
At its core, it’s the story of Vijay and his attempt to right the wrongs life has inflicted on him and his family and how two wrongs do not make a right. The ethical issues being played out evoke a deep sense of moral ambivalence.
It is very hard to say for sure who was right and who was wrong even after rewatching the film at different life stages. The iconography of the film, the iconoclast protagonist, and the iconic screenplay make this watchable ad infinitum.
“She paints her face to hide her face. Her eyes are deep water. It is not for Geisha to want. It is not for geisha to feel. Geisha is an artist of the floating world. She dances, she sings. She entertains you, whatever you want. The rest is shadows, the rest is secret.”
“I think you are another of these desert-loving English: Doughty, Stanhope, Gordon of Khartoum.
No Arab loves the desert. We love water and green trees, there is nothing in the desert. No man needs nothing.”
— Prince Faisal
“There will be no rescue, no intervention for us. We can only save ourselves. Many of you know influential people abroad, you must call these people. You must tell them what will happen to us... say goodbye. But when you say goodbye, say it as if you are reaching through the phone and holding their hand. Let them know that if they let go of that hand, you will die. We must shame them into sending help.”
— Paul Rusesabagina