|I- PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN|
Starring Sohail Khan, Heena Tasleem, Imran Ali Khan, Asif Sheikh, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Tim Lawrence
Direction : Puneet Sira
Music: KC Loy and Daboo Malik
ReViewed by Akshay Shah
countless films dealing with the whole India/Pakistan relations in a
negative light comes a movie which shows India and Pakistan actually
coming together to fight for a cause TOGETHER.....whats the cause?
I-Proud To Be An Indian deals with hate crimes commited against asians. The film deals with racism against coloured in the U.K and its probably the first time this theme has ever been shown on the indian screen!
film revolves around Sohail
Khan who migrates
with his father (Khulbhushan
Kharbandha) to stay
in London where his brother (Asif
Sheikh) is settled
with his family.
first things seem to be going ok, but slowly Sohail starts to realise
that something is wrong....the indians there are leading a terrified
life of fear thanks to the local skinheads. The leader of the pack
Kane (Tim Lawerence)
believes that his country is being taken over by Asians and that WHITE
is the only superior race and colour in the world. His hatred is
undeniably strong and he will go to any lengths for his beliefs.
can't stand the racism around him and decides to fight for the rights
of the Asian Community. His fights only aggravate the skinheads more
which cause more trouble for Sohail and his entire family....
Sohail eventually rises up against Kane and his gang of modern day Neo
Nazis and proves that is PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN forms the crux of the
paper the story of the movie may sound orignal but when it translates
on screen the movie isn't. Its the usual theme of the underdog taking
on a bunch of terrifying villans only to win in the end after a
bloodsoaked fight. The
films story has a HEAVY overshadow of Raj Kumar Santoshis
GHATAK throughout from the father/son bonding, to the confrontations
scenes shared between the two brothers.
The screenplay of the movie is a well written. Right from the first frame the film tackles its theme in a realistic manner. The indians living abroad here aren't shown as snobby rich N.R.I's but portrayed as the common man. The message the director wants to get across is very loud and clear. The film doesnt dwelve into many unecessary subplots and even the romantic tracks are kept at a minimal hence the movie moves at a pretty brisk pace throughout keeping the viewer engrossed.
Director Puneet Sira makes a successful debut IMO. He is
definetly no Farhan Akhtar or Sriram Raghavan but he knows his mettle
well and directs the movie ably from start to finish. The terms of
style and ambition Sira seems HEAVILY inspired by Santoshis GHATAK and
even some scenes and dialogues remind one of GHATAK.
highlight of the enterprise is no doubt the emotional scenes shared
between Sohail and his father and Sohail and his brother and above all
the blood soaked fist fights between Sohail and the skinheads. The
movie is extremely violent from the word GO and the level of violence
increases as the movie progresses. From the first frame its clear that
Puneet Sira knows what he is doing and the opening of the movie is
scenes in the movie linger in the viewers minds and give them
goosebumps and a lump in your throat
Like when Khulbhushan Kharbandha comes home after shopping or
* The scene where Sohail Khans nephew comes home when the wedding ceremony is on.
climax of the movie is right from the pages of Vikram Bhatts GHULAMas
gets the crap beaten out of him only to stand up right at the
end and emerge a winner. The
fight scene is EXTREMELY violent and hard to watch at
times....but definetly leaves the viewer breathless and the impact is
hammerstrong despite being cliched. Also the police coming right at
the end is a letdown.
Sira seems like a director to watch for in the future and with Sohail
Khans KISAAN with Salman and Sohail he should be going places.
In terms of performances the movie is top notch!
Khan marks TREMENDOUS growth as an actor and gives an superlative
account of himself. No doubt the boy has talent and is best suited to
action roles. The scenes which he shares with his father are extremely
well canned. Just witness his outburst in the latter half where he
fights with his brother...the scene where he goes to apologise to the
skinheads(BRILLIANT) or the final showdown....Sohail proves that he is
indeed one helluva action hero. With LAKEER-Forbidden Lines and ARYAN
around the corner he might indeed climb the ranks up.
actress Heena Tasleem doesn't have much to do in the movie as there is
not much scope for romance. She looks gorgeous in the few scenes she
is in and acts naturally.
Imran Ali Khan gives a good performance. His dialogue delivery is well
done and he is decent in the fight scenes. Khulbhushan
Kharbandha is excellent as always. He gives a heartfelt performance
and one really feels for him in the scene where he goes shopping. Asif
Shehikh is a surprise with his act as the older brother. I cant
believe that his actor used to play cheap villan roles in the past. In
a character based role he comes out with flying colours.
Lawerence as Kane is great in his part. He defiently looks
the part he plays and he evokes instant hatred from the viewer.
the film is pretty good. The camerawork is well done and the film has
a glossy feel to it. The action sequences are a definite highpoint of
the movie and
are extremely tense and well canned.
movie has no scope for music but the 2 songs that are there are easy
on the ears.
where does that leave I-PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN?A watchable film for
those who are fans of the action genre....keeping in mind that the
movie is a poor mans version of GHATAK at times!
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