It’s pretty good. Basically like an American romance film with a little tragedy thrown in. Except of course it’s made by Indians and not those posers on reservations. I’m talking about the real Indians from India. And yes there are a couple musical numbers, but hardly what we would call a Bollywood musical.
This is an interesting Indian film. It isn’t quite the realism of Satyijat Ray, but it isn’t qutie Bollywood either. It is a bit of a mix of the two, while still being off on it’s own. The film is about a poet who is greeted by nothing but hatred and persecution. He is turned into a Christ figure and I do mean Christ. They make that pretty explicit with the cover of a Life magazine with the crucifixion on it and a resurrection in the story.
What makes this film so interesting is that it all feels like a dream. At first you think that it is only going to be for a musical number like they did in the Arthur Freed musicals, but then it continues into the rest of the narrative. It almost reminds you of film noir.
It’s an interesting Indian film that is worth seeing if you have already seen the better Indian films and want something a little different.