Raag Desh Movie Review

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Vishal Verma By Vishal Verma | 18 Mar 2017 15:44:39.0600000 IST

Qadam qadam badaye ja, khushi ke geet gaye ja, yeh zindagi hai quam ki, tu qaum pe lutae ja (keep stepping forward, Singing songs of happiness, This life belongs to our Nation, Keep laying it down for her). The regimental quick march of the Subhas Chandra Bose's Indian National Army Written by Pt. Vanshidhar Shukla and composed by Ram Singh Thakuri in 1942, is currently the regimental quick march of the Army of Independent India. The song that can instantly infuse passion in the hearts of true Indians for their motherland undeniably in a way sings the importance of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose's contribution towards India's freedom struggle.


Tigmanshu Dhulia's latest film starring Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh and Mohit Marwah is a probing account of three brave hearts from Bose's INA Prem Sehgal (Mohit Marwah), Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon (Amit Sadh) and Shahnawaz Khan (Kunal Kapoor) and their famous court martial trial at Delhi's Red Fort in 1945.

An rare patriotic film that doesn't intends to indulge in passionate chest thumping for your motherland but probes into the vulnerability of the colonial raj during that time and while doing so, successfully shows a glimpse of the danger to the future fabric of Independent India's unity in diversity from self centered individuals and their vested interests.

RAAG DESH is a rare patriotic drama, we have hardly seen movies focusing on court martial's, Samar Khan's 2008 SHAURYA starring Kay Kay Menon, Rahul Bose, Javed Jaffrey, Deepak Dobriyal and Minissha Lamba flashes your mind but this inspiration from Hollywood's FEW GOOD MEN about an incident in Kashmir decades after independence reduces SHAURYA as a thriller and gives more significance to Dhulia's RAAG DESH for its plot and premise.

Presented by Rajya Sabha TV , RAAG DESH revolves around the court-martial of Prem Sehgal, Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon and Shahnawaz Khan charged for act of treason against the British Empire for killing INA fugitives during battle with the British forces, somehow appears as an ensemble production designed primarily for TV and if things go right may find its place in the silver screen as well. Marred by repetitions, RAAG DESH is primarily exciting to history enthusiast and specific lovers of such court martial drama which is devoid of routine court room dramas we have seen. Since it appears to have shot for TV series, characters like Nehru (Rajesh Khera) , Gandhi, pop up without notice.

In any case, Tigmanshu in his finely researched work manages the concern audience to turn inquisitive from time to time. The trial led by Mumbai lawyer Bhulabhai Desai (Kenny Desai) who in spite of his illness fought the case for 20+ days like a true soldier in which though the men were found guilty, their death sentence was changed after unrest raged across the country. The movie cleverly portrays the case getting multifaceted dimensions that briefs the history of INA, its rise and fall, betrayal, the undying jazbaa of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose (Kenny Basumatary) to bring freedom to India, the interest of political parties to turn the incident in their favour (attacking the spirit of freedom struggle that dreamt of a nation like India proudly holding the badge of unity in diversity in high esteem) get touched upon during the trial, giving the film a layered edge which can instigate a debate.

Performances are of top orders. Kunal Kapoor is very natural in his angst, torn between love for motherland and object of rejection from his brother who is serving the British army, Kunal gives an absorbing performance. Amit Sadh is a revelation as the Sikh diehard and does leaves a good impact. Mohit Marwah impresses a lot and gives a controlled performance. Kenneth Desai a s Bhula Bhai is excellent. Nehru (Rajesh Khera) chips in with adequate support. Judge Sehgal (Kanwaljeet Singh) father of Prem Sehgal is marvelous. Kenny Basumatary as Bose is terrific. Mrudula Murali (Captain Lakshmi Swaminathan) is charming.

RAAG DESH isn't a chest thumping bharat mata ki jai phenomenon, it's a rare probing epic inspired from a chapter from India's freedom struggle that not only respects the brave hearts from the INA it also asks some questions. If you are interested in knowing an intriguing and probing chapter from India's freedom struggle and have the required patience then RAAG DESH is your ticket

(An extra for its rare quality of being thought provoking and probing court martial drama)


Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Mohit Marwah, Vijay Verma, Mrudula Murali, Kenny Basumatary, Hikaru Ito and Jatin Singh Kindra
  • Lyrics: Sandeep Nath
  • Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
  • Music Director: Rana Mazumder, Siddharth Pandit, Revant and Dharma Vish
  • Release Date : 28 Jul 2017