Starring Om Puri, Revathi, Sanjay Suri, Gul Panag, Yashpal Sharma, Ganesh Yadav, Gopi Desai and Virendra Saxena
Direction : Ashwini Chaudhary
Music: Lalit Sen
ReViewed by Akshay Shah
is yet another movie based around the Kargil-but if you think it is a
war movie or expecting one by any means then wait till LINE OF
CONTROL! If you want to watch one of the years most emotionally
drenching, hard hitting and intelligent films then give DHOOP a watch
for sure. Although the movie may not be everyones cup of tea it is no
doubt that DHOOP is a movie that deserves accolades and is hands down
one of the best films of the year.
film revolves around Suresh Kapoor (Om
Puri) who is a
college professor in International Busness. His wife (Revathi)
is a librarian and their only son Rohit Kapoor(Sanjay Suri) is a
officer in the Indian Army. When the Kargil war breaks out Rohit is
called upon to take a do-or-die mission in which he loses his life.
news shatters the family and
Rohits fiance (Gul
Panag) who start
living in a shell of sorts and arent able to cope with the shock and
loss of their son. The world collapses for the husband and wife as
they live their lives like robots untill one day a letter arrives in
letter is from the Home Ministry informing that the government has
alloted the family a petrol pump in acknowledgement for their sons
some initial hiccups the couple decide to keep their sons memory alive
by getting the petrom pump up and running....but what seemed like
something easy on paper turns out to be much harder than they though.
follows next is a long and exhausting battle against different
departments of a corrupt system to get the petrol pump up and running.
How they finally succeed in achieving their dreams forms the crux of
story of the movie is inspired by a real life incident and the film
has been treated in a similar manner.
screenplay of the movie is balanced and well layed out and the film
moves on a single track without any other unecessary subplots.
a director Ashiwni Chaudhury surely knows his mettle. One must give
him credit for choosing such a unusual yet
topical subject and handling the entire scene with utmost
sincerity, respect and conviction. His portrayl of what a family goes
through after someone close is lost in war is absolutely brilliant and
will being tears to the viewers eyes. He executes the emotional
sequences like a veteran expertise and deserves fullmarks.
Chaudhury does falter a bit in the second half of the movie as the fim
tends to drag a bit and the pace of the movie slackens a lot.
Nevertheless Ashwini Chaudhury must be given a pat on his back for
attempting a movie like
DHOOP which is rarely seen these days and reminds one of the kind of
intelligent cinema that Gulzar used to treat us to!
movie of this nature is completely performance oriented and the movie
doesn't disapoint here!
Puri as Suresh Kapoor gives one of the years best performances
right up there with Nasseridian Shah in 3 WALLS, Amitabh Bachchan in
BAGHBAN and Hritik in KOI MIL GAYA. His performance is one that will
move the viewer completely from the first frame and Puri does full
justice to his role. He goes through the various shades of his role
with aplomb and there is no doubt that Om Puri is one of the best
actors we have in India today. His scenes in the latter half when he
is fighting against a corrupt system is simply fantastic and his
dialogue delivery impeccable as are his emotional scene in the first
as the heartbroken mother is also wonderful. No doubt she is one
talented lady and the role she has been given here does full justice
to her talent. Her emotional sequences are heartwrenching and she is
just superb be it her facial expressions, body language or dialogues.
Suri in a cameo appearence plays his role well. He looks fresh and
enacts his part ably. Debutant
Gul Panag springs a surprise and turns out to be the most
talented debut from a model turned actress i have seen. She is
absolutely natural on screen and acts her part with comfort and ease.
Although her looks arent conventional she is still very pretty and
with the right projects could come up.
supporting cast do theur part able. Yashpal Sharma and Ganesh Yadav
enact their roles of corrupt members of the system with elan.
factor of the movie which deserves a special mention are the
dialogues! The dialogues in the movie are though provoking, hard
hitting and intelligent all in one and they perfectly compliment the
ambience of the movie.
Sens music is soft and lilting although one feels that the songs in
the movie interfere with the films pace and are completely unwanted.
the film is as expected and OK in most departments.
up DHOOP is a movie that is not everyones cup of tea. The film surely
doesn't entertain but is informs
and engrosses the viewer from begining till end. For those who
love serious, intelligent cinema DHOOP is a must-see and for others
give DHOOP a watch just to see one of the best actors we have-Om Puri
deliver a smashing performance!!!
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