Remember those golden days of Doordarshan where we witnessed some great gem types of T.V serials in the form of 'Hum Log', 'Malgudi Days', 'Nukkad' and many more. These serials portrayed the life of a simple lower middle class common man. When it came to our Hindi films the only few directors who came close in capturing the basic essence of these normal human beings were Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterjee and few more, whose films narrated their tale in a feel good manner. However, with the rise of modernization in our country the entertainment sector too decided to show their stories in better and rich format. Simple films were no longer in the list of the production houses nor the cine viewers as everyone wanted to make and see larger than life type of characters in their films. Thankfully, some filmmakers still want to narrate a tale of a common man and his lifestyle in an entertaining manner. Last year we witnesses few good films like 'The Lunchbox', 'Gangoobai', 'Sare Jaha Se Mehenga' and few more which were based on the life of a common man. Director Rajat Kapoor's latest directorial venture 'Aakhon Dekhi' seems to be one of those few rare films dealing with the life of a common man and that too with a simple and unusual star cast attached to it. However, these films look simple but are very tough to make as it needs lots of detailing and has to get its emotional quotient correct. Failing to achieve these basic ingredients, the results lead to a disaster, which not only demotivate other filmmakers, but also tampers the faith of its viewers. So let's find out whether Rajat Kapoor's latest attempt 'Aakhon Dekhi' will add to the elite list of those sweet feel good films or might end up being another forced attempt by people who don't belong nor understand this reality of life.
'Aakhon Dekhi' is the story of Raja Babu (Sanjay Mishra) an old man living in a joint family. One fine day due to a small incident Raja Babu decide to believe and follow only those things that he has seen from his naked eyes. He stops to agree with everything that he has not seen. Life is not the same after his strict decision and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technicalities:
The Story is very unusual and very different. Every character written in the film is beautiful and etched with lots of detailing. The basic theme might not convince you initially, but as the movie progresses ahead your focus to shift from the reason to the reactions happening in the film. There are many sweet and heart touching moments in the film where you connect with the characters of the film. Scenes such as Sanjay Mishra and his family confronting Namit Das, Brijendra Kale discussing with Sanjay Mishra, Seema Pahwa firing Sanjay Mishra, Sanjay Mishra's interaction with his followers followed by the gambling track, Sanjay and gang going to watch a tiger roar, Sanjay at Rajat's house, Maya Sarao's marriage and the few more are enough reasons for you to watch this simple film. On the flip side the whole reasoning looks bit unconvincing followed by the finale moment, which could have been more realistic. Camera work is very good and the whole cinematography matches as per the mood of the film.
Music & Direction:
Music might not be popular, but few songs like 'Aaj Laagi Laagi Nai Dhoop', 'Aayi Bahaar' and 'Yaad Saari Baari Baari' goes great with the flow of the film. Background music supports the film on a different level.
Director Raj Kapoor once said that it's very easy to make a hit film, but it's very tough to make a good and simple film. Even though 'Aakhon Dekhi' seems to be a simple film, but one can see the mark of director Rajat Kapoor in every single frame with lots of detailing attached to it. One of his directed film 'Mithiya' is in the list of my all time favorite films, but after watching 'Aakhon Dekhi', there is a lot more in Rajat as a director to offer other than 'Mithiya'. He makes us laugh, smile, worry as well as moist our eyes matching as per the scenes in the film. His selection of actors is amazing as every actor looks tailor made for their character and has some unique stuff to offer.
Sanjay Mishra is one of those few talented actors who have managed to make his mark in all sorts of roles. In 'Aakhon Dekhi' he is brilliant as Babuji and will touch your heart with his simplicity and fine performance. He excels in every scene of the film and does full justice to his given character in the film. Seema Pahwa is fantastic and charms you with her angry and sad emotions. Rajat Kapoor lends good support and goes completely with the flow of the film. Maya Sarao, Namit Das, Manu Rishi, Brijendra Kale, Taranjeet along with many other does their part with total conviction. Every character in this film has something unique to offer.
So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? Well, if you like slice of life type feel good films, then 'Aakhon Dekhi' is a must watch for you. However, it might not appeal to the regular masala film lovers. But for everyone who love good films, then 'Aahon Dekhi' is your cup of tea and is at par with the good old Doordarshan T.V series. Rajat narrates a simple tale of Sanjay Mishra in such a sweet and engaging manner that you will wish that it never ends and keeps going on and on.
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