Sunday, January 25, 2015

Shyam Benegal's "Well Done Abba"

Shyam Benegal is well known to cinema fans as a serious movie maker. In last 50 years, despite rising glamor, sex and commercialization - he was able to continue to use Cinema as an effective tool for brutal criticism on society. (Remember Ankur, Nishant, Bhumika, Mandi?)

His movie "Well Done Abba" (2009) was on my list to watch for 3 years, and finally I watched it - and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a political satire with commentary on our system's chain of corruption at everyday level. Comedy and dialogues are so well proportioned that movie does not go loud, vulgar or boring at any stage. Boman Irani has handled whole movie so well in Hyderabadi accent that I continue to smile for 2 hours. Even songs are paced, with good poetry and sensible situation.

{Movie was created with combination of 3 short literary stories: Narsaiyyan Ki Bavdi (Jeelani Bano), Phulwa Ka Pul (Sanjeev) and Still Waters (Jayant Kripalani). It won the 2009 National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues.}

It is available on youtube:

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