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Khamosh Pani DVD Film Review

Khamosh Pani DVD Film Review

Check out our Khamosh Pani DVD Film Review.Pakistani filmmaker Sabiha Sumar directs the political drama Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters), set in 1979 Pakistan near the Indian border. Silent Waters is a recipient of the Golden Leopard award at the 2003 Locarno International Film Festival.

In the halcyon Pakistani Punjab village of Charkhi, a widow  Ayesha lives with her beloved son Saleem, who finds himself attracted to the fundamentalist fervour of two young Islamists in the village. Events escalate with the arrival of Sikh pilgrims from over the border, who come to worship at the local shrine. This film is a rare cinematic exploration of the legacy of partition, the fragility of contemporary women’s rights and the personal traumas ignited by violent fundamentalism.

Every now and then you are suddenly hit by a movie that leaves an impression on you. This movie has the potential for the same.If I ever to describe the movie in one word – that would be “moving”. It indeed moved me. After the movie my only response was silence. I just didn’t know how to react. It was an experience – though a very real one. It was as if you are witness to the events and you feel so frustrated that there is nothing you can do about it.

The story is set in Rawalpindi area of Pakistan and its the story about a mother and a son living there. Though its not a social statement, it touches upon the issues of religion, partition, coexistence, terrorism besides being an emotional and philosophical drama. I think its a brilliantly written script. The acting is almost perfect. In fact it seems that there are no actors in the movie. Its as if real people are living those lives.

Aamir Malik in what is apparently his first major role is remarkable in his ability to project both confused aggression and intense vulnerability. Moving with seeming effortlessness from portraying the natural joy of a carefree, flute-playing young man in love in the first part of the film, to the misguided and sullen faux brute of the second. Kiron Kher, in her central role as the mother, has outperformed herself. Her silence is so expressive, that she doesn’t need any dialogues. The film also has some other wonderful supporting players – Arshad Mehmud as the barber, Navtej Singh as Ayesha’s brother, Salman Shahid as Amin, Khurshid Shahid as the feisty old lady at the wedding; Tipu (of Indus Vision’s Sub Set Haifame) and Sarfraz Ansari are particularly good as the two scouts who recruit Saleem, the latter bringing a subtle menace to a character that to many would be chillingly familiar.

With an eloquent and fairly straightforward screenplay by Indian filmmaker Paromita Vohra (Punjabi translation of the script by Shoaib Hashmi), Khamosh Pani is one of the precious handful of films that has the courage to address the two most contentious yet (cinematically) unexplored issues significant to the sub-continent: Partition and religious extremism. And it is admirable how the film manages to interweave these two seemingly distantly related issues into one cohesive narrative. It is as much Saleem’s story as it is Ayesha’s – a woman first scarred by the violent tearing apart of her family and home(land), only to be devastated years later when her son is taken from her by the new claimants of the same destructive forces.

A brilliant film that will move you emotionally .

 

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