Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi – a very different film

Sudhir Mishra’s Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (HKA) must surely rank as one of the better Hindi movies that I have seen. It deals with the political struggles of youth during the pre and post Emergency days in India and in between these struggles is weaved a wonderful love story of 1 woman (Geeta) and 2 men with totally different idealogies. If 1 (Vikram) represents the capitalist face of society, the other (Siddhartha) represents the socialist (or Naxalite). Kay Kay Menon plays Siddharth, Shiney Ahuja plays Vikram and Chitrangada Singh plays Geeta. I don’t want to go into the details of the movie because that is not my intention. If you really want to read a good review of it, here is a good place.

I personally believe that this could have been made into an even better movie – at least this had the potential. It starts off really well – for the first 45 minutes or so, you are so focused on the movie that it is difficult to get up from the sofa. But after that the pace slackens and that is where I feel that director could have held the script together better. As one of my friends pointed out, it seems to be a problem with most of Sudhir Mishra’s movies such as “Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin” and “Calcutta Mail”. Having said that, I would still highly recommend you to watch HKA primarily because it is a movie which has a very different story line and also because we don’t have many films which are based on stories written about one of the darkest periods of Indian political history.


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