In an interview for his biographical film, The Leftist Sufi, writer-director Saeed Akhtar Mirza makes a curious comment about Arvind's character from this film. "Now here is a guy who has read all the best books, watched the right films and studied all the details. And yet despite all of this, he cannot help his own fate. He's caught in a strange spider web that he himself keeps on building." This is a story about first-world problems set in a third-world backdrop. To be perfectly honest, ADkiAD (pardon me) is a scary film. It sketches the life of a well-meaning, sensitive and yet ultimately inconsequential young adult. Arvind goes to book shops and admires Picasso, but holds back his opinions from serious political discussions after some time because he isn't from the arts' side. He is in a relationship with his secretary Alice but goes to a downtrodden brothel for his moments of intimacy, believing that in this manner he's helping the poor. He feels for the poor labourers who are getting paid less, but isn't very comfortable of the crowded city. The last scene is a further extension of how chaotic his mind has become, when he smells the blood oozing out of his bullet wound, trying to FEEL what has happened to him. The narrative isn't very coherent, which arguably also seems like the point of the film. Om Puri as the 'Marxist friend', Rohini Hattangadi as the confused housewife, Sreeram Lagoo as the Capitalist father, all come and go and are quickly forgotten, because Arvind cannot stand any serious conversation with anyone other than himself and runs away from them. His is a truly ajeeb daastan. • #saeedakhtarmirza#ompuri#leftist#sufi#parallelcinema#independentcinema#arvinddesaikiajeebdastaan#shriramlagoo#moviereview#indiancinema#existentialism#drama#highonfilms#cinephile#ilovemovies
#theparoleofficer 2001 Simon Garden is a well-meaning but ineffectual probation officer. At the beginning of the film, he is facing a tribunal after all of his colleagues in his department in Blackpool submit complaints against him, Garden having had only three successes in his career. He is transferred to Manchester. He has hypoglycemia and regularly eats crisps to deal with it. #stevecoogan#ompuri#stevenwaddington#benmiller#emmawilliams
35 years of #ardhsatya (1983) Directed by #govindnihalani ________________________________________ Ardh Satya won many awards and went on to become a landmark film in Indian film history. It is still considered to be one of the best cop films made in India. A sequel titled Party was released in 1984.