Thursday, July 10, 2008
The Darjeeling Limited
Movies are an illusion of the real and unreal world which we live in, they are an extension of what a man desires in his life and what he has achieved. Sometimes emotions are depicted in the most extravagant manner and sometimes subtle words and images speak volumes.
There are some movies which come along and leave you baffled, by their simplicity and honestly with images speaking louder than words and you are taken back by what just hit you. Such is the magic or I must say the brilliance of Darjeeling Limited.
The movie stars Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman playing three brothers in search of their estranged mother who resides in the Himalayas as a missionary, during their journey they encounter different people, situations and deal with some of their own problems. Owen Wilson is at his comic best and with Irfan Khan's acting talent at display, the movie surely is a treat to watch.
The main reason why this movie did a magic spell on me, was the way Director Wes Anderson uses the beauty of rural India as the backdrop of the film. These are some movies which make you realize how beautiful and charismatic India is, this one surely sits on top of my list.
The subtleness and simplicity of this movie just took my breath away, and has entered my list of the '5 Must-Must watch movies', along side Lakshya,' 3 places still vacant :D
After watching the movie I was curious about how Wes Anderson sought the inspiration to make such kinda movie and that to base it, in India, well Wikipediaed it :P and finally the answer, it was the man himself Satyajit Ray doing the trick.
Last year the film society at my college screened 'Apu Trilogy' , the films were shot in the 1950's and just gives you a glimpse of Mr. Ray's vision and tells volumes about how his mind worked ahead of its times. The 3 films are ageless and classics its their own league, with people belonging to every era relating and appreciating them.Thats the magic which he brings on screen.
I'll leave it to another post to write about Mr. Ray, for now watch Darjeeling Limited :)
Well Lakshya is another must watch, ill write about it in my next update :P