Vantage point

Sunday, May 09, 2004


Yesterday I saw Shwaas, a wonderful marathi film. Staring Arun Nalawade, it is the story of an old man living in rural Konkan, who has brought his 6 year old grandson to Pune for treatment of his eyes. The grandson is diagnosed with retinal cancer, and the doctor says the only way to save his life is to remove his eyes. i.e, blind him for life....for the sake of life.

The director has done a splendid job of handling the sensitive subject without getting too melodramatic, as is the case with most marathi directors. The strong script, with moving dialogues gets the viewer completely hooked. Sarika was with me, and she could follow the movie thanks only to the english subtitles, and yet the movie affected her deeply.

This is for the first time in almost a decade that I had etars in my eyes during a movie.

If you live in a city where it is being shown, go watch it. I hope this movie is suitably rewarded at the National Awards.

A post script about the movie is the scenic beauty of Konkan which the adroit cinematography highlights. The Maharashtra Tourism Depatment will not find a better visual depiction of the region.