It’s very rare that I am so confused as confused as I am today about writing a film review. Mostly the verdict is simple, either I like the film or don’t. Because mostly the script, cinematography and acting performance with of course a little variation is of somewhat similar caliber. But the film “Beyond the Clouds” kept surprising me at every other turn, sometimes by its beauty and sometimes by falling far behind my expectations.
I think the major difficulty with choosing an abstract theme or making an art film is that though the storytelling can never be simple, no spoon feeding the audience but the abstraction of the storytelling should not elude the simple minded, the masses, as we media people call them. Because in cinema business, they run the game.
With due respect to Majid Majidi, an Oscar nominated director, I am assuming the script suffered due to the language gap. Majid Majidi is a director who writes his own scripts mostly and all the directors who writer their own scripts are among the top in their respected industries.
To name a few, James Camron, Quintin Trointino, Christopher Nolan in Hollywood. Sanjay Lela Bansali, Imtiyaz Ali, Karin Johar, Madhur Bhandaker in Lollywood and the king of Pakistan film industry Shoab Mansoor. I am assuming that the story when conceived by Majid Majidi and written by an Iranian screenwriter Mehran Kashani must have been something, but was lost in translation as the final film is in complete Hindi. I don’t have idea to what exactly happened but this is a reason I have told myself.
That didn’t happen for me. I was rather mesmerized by a side character Tara, Amir’s sister played by Malavika Mohanan. Her character portrayed true beauty of an average Indian girl. Simply played in one single dress throughout the whole story, I was rooting for Tara and she was the only one I was thinking about when I left the cinema. The cinematography done by Anil Mehta, the cinematographer who has given us extravaganzas like Hum Dil De Chukay Sanam, Lagaan, Rockstar, was so close to reality I think they shot the entire film on real locations. And real locations though catch the rawness of the story but limits the cinematographer to create visual poetry which I felt was missing as the cinematographer is then forced to take the lens decision on the bases of the space available rather than the lens required for the particular emotion. But as I said the film kept surprising me there were some heart throbbing visual moments. The music is done my A.R Rehman and do I need to say anything else?
In the end I would say it is not a film for the masses. The intellectuals would say good things about this film, though while saying good thing they will be pausing a lot, in search of good points but it is not a film any one would watch again even if the tickets were free.
By Atiq Inayat Grdpe