Friday, March 23, 2007

Rang-e-Khoda



Just saw this movie. I'm not going to review it. But I couldn't resist writing about this amazing piece of cinema, only now that I've begun, I'm searching for words. When you know a movie's about a disabled person, you kinda expect some emotional string-pulling. This movie doesn't pull strings, it plays tug of war!

Majid Majidi's Rang-e-Khoda (wrongly translated to Color of paradise instead of Color of God) is the best film I've seen till date. I would equate its brilliance to that of The Shawshank Redemption and October Sky. Like his Bacheha ye Aasman (Children of heaven), Majidi uses the child protagonist to take you through the story.

Mohammed is a blind boy whose father takes him to their village for vacations. His father, who has had a difficult time bringing him up after his wife's death, wants to apprentice him to a blind carpenter. The father has plans for remarriage, and his blind son is an embarrassment. What unfolds is a story of kindness, desperation, helplessness against the forces of nature, and ultimately surrender to the supreme power. All this is portrayed with a screenplay that is sheer poetry. This movie has made me realise that Iran is more than just desert and mountains what with heavenly locales, wonderful cinematography and the best acting I’ve seen in a long time. Watch this movie.