This movie was on my wish list for quite a long time mostly because of its songs – Maule Mere Maula Mere and Tose Naina lage. Although the progression of the songs is slow, they soothe the nerves while listening.
The movie is inspired from “Phalgun ki ek Upkatha” a short story by Priayanvad and directed by Manish Jha, who is famous for his work in Matrubhoomi. (The film Matrubhoomi examines the impact of female foeticide and female infanticide on the gender balance, and consequently the stability and attitudes of society. Its storyline bears some resemblance to stories of real-life instances of gender imbalance and economics resulting in fraternal polyandry and bride buying in some parts of India. This movie is worth watching.)
Anwar (Siddharth Koirala – Manisha Koirala’s brother) is the story of a young man, an artist, who leaves his home and everything he knows in order to escape a world he no longer recognizes. This movie is written and directed by Manish Jha, who is famous for his work in Matrubhoomi
All he ever wanted was a love story, Instead, his mentor abandons him and his best friend and his one true love betray him. Devastated, emotionally exhausted, he takes refuge in an old building, only to wake up the next morning to find his world turned upside down. Mistaken for a terrorist, Anwar finds himself in the midst of an unusual set of circumstances that resonate deeply with the modern Indian Condition and indeed with the Human Condition in this present-day global village.
Surrounded on all sides by a host of characters who try and engineer the situation to their profit, Anwar becomes the central character upon which the others base their hopes and their deepest desires. A rabble-rousing Minister pitching for the popular vote; On Valentine Day this minister buys a gift for his childhood love, who is also minister in the cabinet. She refuses the gift saying she didnt ever loved him (Anwar’s lover says the same thing to him which shatters him). This shatters the minister’s whole world and perhaps his life. He orders his followers (or chamchas?) to destroy all shops which sell Valentine Day’s material.
Two journalists; one a nationally renowned TV reporter and the other a small-town scribe, looking to resurrect their careers and, as a consequence, their lives; a priest whose only concern is the maintenance of the status quo; and a senior police officer who only wants to leave, but must first resolve the situation… in any way he can. Through them, and through the other stories weaving in and out of the film, we discover a huge love story, plastered against the canvas that is India. And that, above all, is what Anwar is about. About the simple human need to connect, to love and to be loved, and to believe…
But now remains Faith, Hope, Love, these three…
And the greatest of these is love.
There is a common thread among three movies – Anwar, Dasvidaniya and Aawarapan – all are based on intricate love, sacrifice and last but not least the lead (male) character dies in the end.