Friday, March 03, 2006


Recently saw the old Japanese movie RASHOMON. I am astonished to see such a novel idea behind the movie that too in 1958 - the primitive age of Japanese cinema.

The one line story of the movie is that four people recount different version of the story of a man’s murder and the rape of his wife. The first appreciable thing is that the conventional practices are not followed. For instance, the unreal part of the story usually will not be enacted by the actors on screen but may be stated as a narration by any character and finally the truth triumphs. It is amazing that this convention is broken. Though I can’t stop myself from appreciating this but I also feel that it would have befuddled some of the viewers. The next appreciable thing is that, on hearing the storyline, whatever conjecture the viewer thinks could be possible regarding the crime, was handled in the story. Wasnt that good enough to claim this one as a masterpiece?

This story reminds me of another film – “Lets Talk” by Boman Irani. This film handles a family problem in different perspectives. The story line goes like this......After few years of marriage; husband loses interest in his wife and behaves indifferently to her. This makes the lonely wife to have an affair with another guy. Now the wife unveils her affair to her husband. This is the situation handled in 7 or 8 different ways. Each view shows different emotions and reactions of the couple based on the circumstances. I am sure that everyone will react to this situation in any one of the stated views. This movie is a standing proof that with just two characters, wonders can be made on the screen.

In short, both the movies do have a similar crux, but handled in different ways. One handles the crime from other peoples' perspective while the other makes you to spot yourself among the stated characters. I enjoyed both.........................

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