Socrates said “I know that I know nothing.” And isn’t there quest actually begins?
After a dramatic incident, Raje Bauji (played by Sanjay Mishra) begins a new journey of his when he decides that he will not believe in anything that he has not seen and will create his perceptions only with what he sees now.
Ankhon Dekhi (2014) is written and directed by Rajat Kapoor; and is his 5th feature film as a writer- director. Ankhon Dekhi is a spiritual journey well blended in a family drama, which is utterly insightful and surely humorous at the same time.
The characters of the film are so well written, and if you belong to a small town, you will feel like you know them already. There is extremely honestly in its writing and the acting of entire cast. Be it the relationship between husband-wife (Sanjay Mishra and Seema Pahwa or Rajat Kapoor and Taranjit Kaur), of that of father and daughter Rita (Maya Sarao), beautiful detailing had been done on each part.
There are sequences where Raje goes to select the wedding card for her daughter, and returns with a very plain card which disappoints her daughter a lot, then when Raje finds he had never seen a tiger roaring and visits a zoo with his chamchaas, and many more sequences full of quirk and surely raises a question within us. There are beautiful nuances between him and his wife when the world starts calling Raje a mad person, and how she tackles the societal pressure, yet having a wonderful understanding of her responsibilities as a wife. The final scene of the film is thoughtful and beautifully crafted – leading us to question what freedom is.
About the performances, I guess this is Sanjay Mishra’s best work till date. Every person in the cast had been so real in their performances. Surely, they deserve applause. It was the opening film at the 8th annual Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival (MISAFF) 2014. The film won Best Film (Critics), Best Story (Critics), and Sanjay Mishra won Best Actor (Critics) at Filmfare 2015. At the 2015 Screen Awards ceremony, the film won the awards for Best Supporting Actress for Seema Pahwa, Best Story and Best Ensemble Cast. The music of the film is quite decent and meaningful because the beautiful lyrics written by Varun Grover.
If you have been through existential crisis, or you are living a living full of judgments and creating your realities through others words, watch Ankhon Dekhi. Trust me, it won’t serve you gyaan, but insightful entertainment.
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