Rang De Basanti (2006) – Entertainment but not for everyone
Cast: Aamir Khan, Soha ali Khan, Waheeda Rehman, Kiron Kher
RDB is divided into two halves.
The first is about a group of friends, their bonding, the carefree lifestyle they lead. The second plot pertains to the past, when freedom fighters sacrificed their lives during the pre-independence era.
Mehra draws parallels between Indians ruled by the British and Indians ruled by corrupt politicians today
Sue [Alice Patten], a young, London-based film-maker chances upon the diaries of her grandfather, who served in the British Police Force in India during the freedom struggle. Excited about these memoirs, she makes plans to shoot a film on the Indian revolutionaries mentioned in the diaries.
She flies to Delhi and casts a group of five friends to play the pivotal roles of these revolutionaries. The youngsters are DJ [Aamir Khan], Karan [Siddharth], Aslam [Kunal Kapoor], Sukhi [Sharman Joshi] and Sonia [Soha Ali Khan]. One of their foes, Laxman [Atul Kulkarni], also joins them subsequently.
However, products of modern India, the five youngsters initially refuse to be part of the project as they don’t identify with these characters from the past. Not surprising, considering that they are a part of a generation of Indians that believes in consumerism. To them issues like patriotism and giving one’s life for one’s beliefs is the stuff text-books are made of. They would rather party than be patriots.
In the film, both the 1930s British India and the India today run parallel and intersect with each other at crucial points.
On the whole, RANG DE BASANTI will have its share of advocates and adversaries. A well-made film, it caters more to the elite and the thinking viewer than the aam junta or the masses.