Giving movies a respectable release through the ‘PVR Director’s Rare’ category is a nice move of encouraging talent. Films like DOZAKH-IN SEARCH OF HEAVEN, off-beat in its approach and different in its story-telling style, need as much encouragement as any commercial venture.
|DOZAKH IN SEARCH OF HEAVEN|
This gives film-makers like Zaigham Imam a broader, bigger platform to showcase their talent. First-time director Imam is also the author of the book with the same name, Dozakh-In Search of Heaven.
The film begins with a clash of ‘religious calls’ at the break of dawn between a Muslim Cleric at his early morning call for prayer over the loudspeaker, and the Hindu Priest ringing the temple bells. Soon we learn that the young boy of the Muslim Cleric is missing.
The search for Jaanu (Garric Chaudhary) goes on for the entire first half of the movie which drags it. However, post the interval, the movie takes an interesting turn and leaves you at a point to ponder about the actual meaning of life. Suddenly, it makes you unravel different layers and gets you to think out the plot in between.
Through innumerable flashbacks Imam unfolds the story of the Muslim Cleric (Lalit Mohan Tiwari), the Hindu priest (Nazim Khan) and Jaanu. The young lad shared a close bond with the Hindu priest something which his father did not agree with. Jaanu’s mother, however, tries to reason with her husband to let the child express his desires the way he wants to. She even encourages her reluctant husband to send their 10-year-old to Varanasi, the main city, to buy the goods required for their shop.
We also learn about Jaanu’s fear of the grave when he attends a funeral and witnesses how the last rites are performed for a Muslim. ”When I die, promise me you will not bury me,” he innocently tells his father.
DOZAKH, smartly treads the fine line between the intolerance of religion. The turmoil the child goes through and the stark truth his staunch Muslim father is made to face at a crucial juncture is what elevates this film to a commendable level.
This is not your average Bollywood fare, but an interesting movie nonetheless.
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