A 1988 Movie Way Ahead of Its Time - The New Indian Express

A 1988 Movie Way Ahead of Its Time

Published: 22nd January 2014 01:35 PM

Last Updated: 22nd January 2014 01:35 PM

Film: Om Dar-B-Dar

Cast: Anita Kanwar, Gopi Desai, Lalit Tiwari, Bhairavchandra Sharma, Aditya Lakhia

Director: Kamal Swaroop

When I learned that I had to watch a movie that was made in 1988, I was pretty sure it would star Amitabh Bachchan. Thank God, it didn’t. No offense to Amitabhji but I doubt he could pull off the performance that these actors put up.

The film is highly disconnected I’ll give you that. It takes tremendous amounts of effort to keep up with the storyline. It goes well with the fact that the story is about a young boy growing up into adolescence. When you’re at that age, you normally don’t understand too well what’s going on around you. You tend to blame yourself for anything and everything bad that happens around you. You still feel like the world revolves around you, your decisions and what not.

Om (Aditya Lakhia) is a young carefree boy living in Ajmer, Rajasthan. He’s just turned into an adolescent and is not yet sure what he wants to do with his life. He seems fascinated by Science (I did not like the frog dissection scene by the way). His father is an ex-government employee who quit his job to become an astrologer.

There are songs in the film. These, however, don’t throw you off like the item numbers in the commercial releases of today. I honestly believe (and hope) that this film does much better than the commercial releases this year. I’m happy I chose to watch this movie ahead of Karle Pyaar Karle (although I do want to watch Miss Lovely as well).

This film is way ahead of the time in which it was made. It shows the blossoms of a love story in a very rural part of the country. It’s something that was never heard of back then. It really is a pity this movie might not be eligible to be India’s entrant for the Oscars.

It’s a pity that good movies like this will lose out because they do not appeal to the masses. I warn you that you might not understand this movie the first time you watch it. Kindly play keen attention while watching the film.

The Verdict: Definitely worth watching. This movie has been talked about for a while and had been accredited worldwide 25 years ago. There may be other movies this week to watch, but please make sure you do not miss this while it’s in theatres.

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