Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Bombay (1995)

Hindu Friend : You're a Hindu, don't forget.

Shekhar: No I'm not a Hindu!
Muslim Friend {Rafiq}: Your Children are half Muslim.

Shekhar: My kids and I are not Muslims either!
We don't belong to either community!
We're only Indians!

Does the Quran advocate the slaying of Hindus? Tell me!
Or does the Gita tell you to kill Muslims?
What is this all for?

I thought this passage was the heart of the movie's message and that there may be a need beyond individual religions to join a nation together. And as noted by Wiki:
But at the end of the movie, it picturises that the riots come to an end and both Hindus/Muslims join hands together as one nation. Moreover, Shekhar and Shaila get their children back.
Bombay (film)

It definitely had a strong message and carried on a little with the death and destruction in the end, but the point was taken. And since they maintained the flow of the movie, I felt it did not drag on even if it was over a 2 hour movie. Also the singing in the dance sequences were nice although the dancers were not some of the best I have seen. Some of them even seemed to rip off some elements of Jackson's Thriller tour and George Michael outfits.
This powerfully provocative political-religious melodrama is a blockbuster hit in India where it was made. The message in the film was considered so potent by the government that it took two months for censors, police, and politicians to review it prior to the film's release. It is on the surface, a love story between a good Hindu man and a devout Muslim woman who leave their village to marry and live in tumultuous Bombay. There they have twin sons and raise each one to understand and accept the disparate religious traditions of their parents. Within the great city, there is much religious unrest and when the Muslims hear that Hindu radicals have attacked an ancient Mosque, riots explode everywhere. At one point rioters capture the twins and demand they claim their religion; when they cannot, they are doused with gasoline and are almost immolated. Meanwhile, their father, a journalist, attempts to report on the fighting and finds himself faced with blind hatred on either side. To protect their grandchildren, their two grandfathers, traditionally bitter enemies, move to Bombay, and when they too suffer religious persecution, they unite to end the violence. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

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Theatrical Feature Running Time: 130 mins
Bombay (1995)

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