My latest viewing (for I have lost count of the number of times I have seen it) of the film came earlier this week when I convinced a professional photographer to watch the movie. Needless to say, he was extremely impressed with the quality of the production, and loved the movie.
Kudos for the film's amazingly artsy presentation. I draw a lot, and every time I see the set that was used when the principal characters of the film (DJ, Sukhi, Aslam etc.) were introduced, I appreciate the art production more. Maybe my next piece(s) will be based on those?
Let this post serve as more as a reminder of the greatness of performances (beginning with Aamir Khan) and less of a review. You know the scoop on this one. And in case you do not, go watch it as soon as you can!
What do I appreciate most about the film...hmm...let's see...I think the portrayal of unity in a friends circle appeals most. Much like Bhuvan in Lagaan, DJ and his gang are above a racial or religious barrier, and eventually start caring for the greater good. That is true leadership.
A note on the soundtrack to accompany the film: Refreshing, meaningful and truly outstanding. A.R. Rehman has little left to prove, but one must appreciate how the soundtrack fits the movie like a hand in glove. Each track has its own flavor, yet they synch harmoniously, which is an A.R. Rehman trait like none other.
Rating: ***** (BEST!)
Classification: NC-17 for language, however PG-13 would work if the prints were censored for language.
Watch it if: you want to see one of the best movies ever made, appreciate excellence in cinematography and script-writing, appreciate outstanding all-round performances, understand leadership and want to see it in action on celluloid, are an Aamir Khan fan.