Movie Review – Aamir
How often do you see a 95 minute bollywood movie, made by first timers, to impress critics and movie goers alike? A movie without a sexy actress, without item numbers, without a big budget, and without a single celeb actor. A movie which is gripping right from the word go, and still does not go overboard like cheesy thrillers. Hope you get the point. Aamir is a very rare gem, the likes of which Bollywood hasn’t made in many many years.
Rajeev Khandelwal(Aamir Ali) stars as the protagonist, a Muslim doctor who arrives from London, to meet his family in Mumbai. A mobile phone is thrust into his hands, and that marks the beginning of a gripping adventure, where the voice on the other side directs him to do a series of seemingly silly tasks. Though this has been the staple action plan for hundreds of gangster flicks, the “villan” is not portrayed in the usual cinematic style. Rather he seems to be a common, but powerful man, who is trying to teach Aamir the difficulties that Muslims face in India. Kudos to the director Raj Kumar Gupta deserves a pat on his back for the realistic, portrayal of how terrorist factions operate to instil fear into the minds of the commoner.
The screenplay is simple, but very effective. The whole action takes place in the streets of Mumbai, with broken down buildings, slums, cheap hotels, etc. The natural setting adds to the realism of the movie, and in a way conveys the plight of the hero. The movie is thrilling, without the need to be tagged a thriller. Background music, wherever present, adds to the situation, and does not distract the viewers from the main story.
In one line, Aamir is a rare movie, with excellent story, acting, and direction. This gives us hope that Bollywood still has those good moments, and someone still has the courage to make good movies. Deep down, it has a message for everyone too. You are missing something if you don’t watch Aamir.