Bhansali’s Blue Nights

This is one film, no one wants to talk about. I say the moment you call it a film, it becomes a farce. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s most ambitious project Saawariya came at an inappropriate time. The story of a dejected lover was undoubtedly not a perfect Diwali release. This film came on the 9th of November but the previews were out much earlier. What if it was released around Valentine’s Day, when millions of hearts are broken. May be not. More than anything else, people talked only about the colour of the film — Blue.

What about the story? Well, the film was based on Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky’s short story White Nights. The original story talks about a lone “dreamer” played by Ranbir Kapoor in Bhansali’s magnum opus and a girl on the bridge (Sonam Kapoor). The plot is simple and revolves around the meetings between the boy and the girl over few nights as she can step out of home only at night, tying her blind grandmother with her Aapa (Aunt). The idea of making a film on an incident or situation overnight isn’t completely new. In recent times, Sudhir Mishra’s Chameli (2004) and Sagar Ballary’s Bheja Fry (2007) were two films of distinct genres based on a one-night-story. Both films were successful due to the realistic characters.

Bhansali’s characters of Ranbeer Raj and Sakina fail to convince. They are beautiful to the eye but such mannerisms and body language made me feel as if I was watching a play. In fact, a musical play with visually rich sets and that never change throughout. As we never step out of this artificial city dipped in ‘Blue Light’.

The character of Gulabji (the prostitute), introduced by writers Prakash Kapadia & Vibhu Puri, could have been avoided. The magnum opus if seen as a play is lovable with Ranbeer’s rendering of a lonely lover at the end as Sakina’s original lover Imaan (Salman Khan) returns and she chooses to be with the one she loves instead of the one who loves her.

The film’s screenplay and narration spreads like a play with characters appearing and exiting from the stage. A small but memorable character played by Zohra Sehgal (Lillypop) reminds us of lonely landladies in metros like Delhi. Sakina is another loner who has been waiting for her lover ever since he left her without even sending her a letter in one year. Today’s generation couldn’t except such a relationship.

There are fewer dialogues than songs. Ten songs in a single film for the SMS generation? The film fell badly at the box office after a grand opening. It had nothing for the youth who are looking for entertainment, entertainment and entertainment except the “Towel dance” by Ranbir in the superhit song “Jabse Tere Naina.”

Talking of songs, the film brought Monty Sharma to lime light with his soul stirring music in Saawariya. Unfortunately, the Filmfare R D Burman Award winner for New Music Talent couldn’t create the same magic after 2007.

But that is not all, I have seen the film thrice in four years and realised one thing. The film is a visual treat for lovers, dejected ones particularly. The film has a slow pace and isn’t for the impatient lot. There are dreamers and there are lovers but this film is strictly for those who have always dreamed of loving but never had anyone in their lives. Watch it when your lonely and looking for your Saawariya (lover friend). I am sure, you will second my thoughts.

With Love,
Just A Writer

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