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We totes had to read this in like every class my senior year in high school last year and even though I was kinda sick of it by the time I graduated, I was looking forward to the movie. I saw it last night and I've been thinking a lot about what it was trying to say and convey to its audience. It's a love story and it's also a story about the birth of India. It's also a story about class which is very important in Indian society. The thing that most stuck out in my mind was the images of all the dead civilians in the war scenes. I kept thinking of all the atrocities in the news recently and even though I know the images are staged, I just can't help thinking how these things played out in real life. I was totally driven to tears in many scenes. The guy plays the lead (who is on 'New Girl' at the moment playing Cece's fiance) is fantastic as Salim. I hope this movie wins a ton of awards because it totally deserves to.
Having read everything that famed author Salman Rushdie has ever wrote (yes, even that most controversial book of his that earned him the death sentence of the crazed Iranian Ayatollah) I was expecting the moon and the stars from a movie based not just on his writing, but on his own script and also partly produced by him. It's a bit of a disappointment, which I guess is inevitable since you can't possibly pack all of a novel into a 2-hour movie (see: Harry Potter) but it could have worked in a 3 hour film which I don't understand why they didn't elect to do. One of the boy's stories is kept relatively intact, while the other is severely abbreviated. I can't fathom why Rushdie thought it was okay to shortchange one of his characters like that- maybe the decision was made by the director or the editor? I don't know. Regardless, it's strictly okay. Only playing in New York at the moment too.
I confess to have never having read the book by Salman Rushdie (he's a bit too intellectual for my writing tastes, to be perfectly frank, which is not a fault of his but of mine, lol) but I've found him and his work fascinating over the years. This movie is simply a must see. It's gorgeous, it's epic, it's historic, it's personal. It's about the birth of the Indian nation told through the story of two boys who are switched at birth. One is born into poverty and grows up wealthy; the other is born rich but ends up reared in the slums. The performances are all stellar, especially Rahul Bose and Seema Biswas, both of whom never ever disappoint. Also, the cinematography is simply decadent and amazing and if the movie is a popular hit (as I suspect it will be) it should make many people want to travel to India to experience the magic of its people and its culture. Highly recommended.
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