Starring: Talha Arshad Reshi, Vikas Kumar, Rasika Dugal
Director: Aijaz Khan
India release date: March 15, 2019
“Disarmingly simple, fable-like tale depicting the repercussions of protracted, intractable political turmoil both on the combatants and ordinary folk caught in the crossfire. Admittedly, the film only just about dips its feet in the simmering cauldron that is Kashmir, but that is all it needs to do to drive home the poignancy of the story.”
“Lobs weighty questions over the tender shoulders of its seven-year-old lead character. Is redemption possible when the seeker represents the enemy? Can there be dialogue between intractable foes? If there indeed such a thing as God, and if the answer is in the affirmative, why do the faithful feel bereft?”
““Treat others as you treat yourself”, a moral principle found in different religious texts, is a sound filmmaking dictum, too. Flattening the humanity of ‘others’ – in most cases, our ideological nemeses – often results in substandard films, because that mindset does not empathise but derides, fixated on advancing a worldview that craves nothing but echo chambers. It is also an easier route, heavily relying on the hero-villain trope, reducing characters to mouthpieces. But, as Hamid shows, good art is much more: It is entertaining, artistic, complex – always willing to challenge our beliefs – unfolding as a curious voyage rather than a predetermined destination.”
“The eyes of a child have often been used as a cinematic lens to scrutinize – and humanize – history’s darkest pages. In most cases, such as the Holocaust, this is effective, because there is only one way to shed light on the atrocities; the evils were blatant, the failure of civilization was unprecedented, and kids became the colours that were being erased out of a stark black-and-white portrait.”
Excerpts & links to reviews of Jhund by some of India’s topmost film reviewers Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Ganesh Deshmukh, Vicky Kadian Director: Nagraj Manjule India release date: Genre: Biography,...