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THE JAPANESE WIFE: Elegy flowing out of art of letter writing

April 12, 2010 04:39:07 PM IST
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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With MR. AND MRS. IYER, when Aparna Sen made it, she unraveled a pair of sensitive actors in the form of Rahul Bose and Konkona Sen Sharma and with THE JAPANESE WIFE she has once again confirmed that Rahul Bose is indeed one of the fine actors whose talent needs to be exploited in a much better manner.

THE JAPANESE WIFE in its own manner underlines the importance of the art of letter writing, the idiom of grammar etc. that a SMS or a MMS would not be able to compare to in any manner. THE JAPANESE WIFE is a film that is adaptation of Kaushik Basu's novel of the same name and is a clear pointer to the fact that if the novels are adapted in a sensitive manner, as Aparna Sen has done with THE JAPANESE WIFE, then the quest for content, which Hindi cinema is running after, is not too far-fetched. Scores of novels are becoming hit in India these days, but the treatment of the subject has to be done in a sensitive manner and the audience would literally lap it up, even though it might have an artistic orientation rather than a commercial bend, as is reflected in the appreciation that THE JAPANESE WIFE has achieved.

In the melee of commercial films that are being released THE JAPANESE WIFE comes as a breathe of fresh air, as it harks back to the old world romance and commitments of the lifetime, based on trigger of an emotion that evolved on account of the series of letters that were exchanged between an Indian male and a Japanese lady.

THE JAPANESE WIFE is a film that would appeal to the international audience as well, as it has got a deluxe feeling to it. It is worth pointing out on this occasion that letter writing as a genre has been one of the favorite subjects of the Hindi film industry, and scores of films and songs have been composed eulogizing the virtues of the written word.

Now that THE JAPANESE WIFE has rekindled the romance and passion associated with the written word on a piece of paper, it is only hoped that more such freshness to approach would be adopted by the Indian film makers to weave a miasma of charm around the written word. After all, an SMS stored in a handset is not able to evoke any nostalgia that a forgotten letter in the book, found again does.

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