Thursday, October 17, 2013

Khamoshi The Musical (1996) - Review

Release Date: August 9, 1996

Starring: Salman Khan, Manisha Koirala, Nana Pathekar, Seema Biswas, Helen, Raghuvir Yadav
Director: Sanjay Leela Bansali
ProducerSibte Hassan Rizvi
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10

Khamoshi is a sensitive, heart-wrenching tale of relationships. Of love, faith and sacrifice. A thoroughly engaging and a refreshing watch amidst films today, where love seldom goes beyond the superficial. Despite a 2 hours 45 minutes runtime, it left me craving for more.

The film didn't quite create a ripple at the box office, unlike the response it garnered from the critics, indicative of the affinity to potboiler mainstream back then. That somewhat holds true even today (given mindless entertainers grossing hundreds of crores) but Khamoshi, which is more 'art' meets 'mainstream,' would be as watchable today (that's in fact, the beauty of the film. It's not bound to a certain time or era) and more welcomed, at a time when audiences are opening up to alternative cinema like never before. 

It is as much the well-narrated story as the performances that make this film come alive. The deaf and mute couple Joseph (Nana Pathekar) and Flavy (Seema Biswas) are irreplaceable and will leave you dumbstruck. The director explores their life, their ordeals, with subdued excellenceManisha Koirala as their daughter Annie, holds the film together with her flawless act. The cheerfully-dispositioned Raj (Salman Khan) endearingly justifies his screen time. His timings are brilliant and his humor in place. Every character is so realistically etched out. There is no black or white. They all have their shortcomings and strengths. There are so many layers to them that you (along with the actors) explore as the film moves on. It's as if they weren't bound to a script or dialogues. It's as real as it can get. 

Jatin-Lalit's music is the icing on the cake. Musically, it was a huge hit, with most of its songs even heard today on the radio. 

Words won't justify my love for this one. Khamoshi is not another film. It's an experience, not to be missed!