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Myoho Movie Review

It all comes back!

Director :  Ranjan Shandilya
Music :  Runa Rizvi
Starring :  Kanwaljit Singh, Yashpal Sharma, Malay Chakrabarty, Brijendra Kala, Auroshika Dey, Parul Chauhan, Raj Singh Chaudhary, Sanjay Tripathi, Indal Raja, Akshay Mittal, Aditi Bhagwat, Shashank Arora, Renu Swamy, Aru Krishansh Verma and Anil Mange

December 13, 2012 07:23:36 PM IST
By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
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''They say Islam is the most peaceful religion... ho kya raha hai yeh...I mean issi peaceful religion ki den hai yeh log...''

''Hamare Hindus me bhi fanatics hai, who sab kitna samajte hai Hinduism ko... Jis Ram ne apni zindagi mein sirf choda hi choda... baap; bhai ke liye rajgaddi, praja ke liye apni biwi, uske naam par koi ek inch zameen chodne ke liye taiyaar nahi... Bata, kitna bada bakhta hai yeh Ram ke.''

This is the opening dialogue as an elderly gentleman, his daughter and her male friend are glued to the television set, watching with horror as 'live' visuals of the terrorist attack flash on the screen. The day is November 26, 2008. With the impetuosity of youth, the young man, a scientist, lashes out at Islam before the elderly gent butts in with his ''Hamare Hindus mein bhi fanatics hai...'' reasoning.

Director Ranjan Shandilya throws in a flipper with his very first delivery (scene); putting you on the back foot; you just about manage to bring the full face of the bat to meet the ball in time. Shandiliya keeps you riveted on screen as he unfolds the scenes to follow.

MYOHO is the mystic law, what goes around, comes around. We create our own destiny by our actions; it can be changed, if we act wisely, is the message Shandiliya sends across. He also talks about tolerance and the need to love. The message is well-defined but the movie is not preachy, and that is the beauty of MYOHO. Shandiliya lets the content do the talking, and never once, does he drive home the point twice!

It's brave for a first-time director to follow his heart and venture with a subject that is so 'now', so needed, but so neglected. Everyone wants to make films, but no one wants to make movies that will have you introspect, bring about that change in you, make you think differently. With MYOHO, Shandiliya does just that. He deals with a sensitive topic with maturity. This is thinking man's cinema; creativity with an intention to educate and at the same time entertain. Only a brave man will venture thus far, but in commercial cinematic lingo, Shandiliya will be termed a 'nut'. I mean, this movie will never reach the Rs 100-crore mark that has now become the trend. So how could he invest his time, money and energies into a movie like this? Passion, I guess, and the knowledge that he has given more than a 100 percent!

Shandilya uses two tragedies that struck India; the Bihar earthquake in 1934 and the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008. The characters are the same; they are reborn and karma catches up on them.

The narration is simple yet engrossing; the editing smart with telling flashbacks at crucial times. Sound Designer Satish Poojary deserves a pat on the back along with the music director Runa Rizvi. The songs are hauntingly melodious, especially Haq Ali Da and Saathiya. The camera angles (bottom to top for close-ups) in most of the scenes by Chetan Vohra also go well with the entire mood of the film.

No one actor can be singled out for his role, everyone plays his part and leaves an impact.

If the first scene is a flipper, the last one is the 'wrong one', flummoxing the batsman (viewer) yet again, leaving him shaking his head in disbelief as to how this could have been!

Take a bow Shandilya, but methinks that karma does not catch up with you in the next life, we have just one life and you deal with your actions before it ends!

Final Word: Don't miss it.

Rating: 4.0

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