Pinjar — A review by Ashwini Falnikar

1 09 2008

The only reason why mainstream press recommended the film ‘Pinjar’ as a ‘must see’ was perhaps because it is based on a novel written by an author of the caliber of Amrita Pritam. But the press clearly lied when it praised Urmila Matondkar for ‘best performance’ and ‘great’ cinematography by Santhosh Thundiyil.I see only one reason behind all this lying – to divert the attention from the Hindutva propaganda. The film itself does not pretend to be not promoting Hindutva ideology; in fact it clearly names the main protagonist, Sanjay Suri as ‘Ramchand’. He is a musician, he is working on a project of translating Ramayana into Urdu (so he is a secular Hindu) he also has a good command over Sanskrit. He is a broadminded young, soft-spoken Hindu, rich man as opposed to ‘Rashid’, who is a backward Muslim – since he wears all the markers of being a Muslim, his only wealth is his farmland (and not knowledge/ education) and initially appears indecent since he kidnaps Puro, who is to marry Ramchand. Is it a coincidence that the storyline is parallel to that of Ramayana, where Rama’s wife Sita is kidnapped by Ravana?

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