Direction & Cinematography
I heard a lot of good things about this film so I was looking forward to it. I finally got a chance to watch it and I was amazed by what I saw.
With Ankhon Dekhi, Rajat Kapoor shows us that Bollywood is pretty much alive. This is one of the best Bollywood movies I have ever seen. This is not a movie that you can ignore. It is pure art, which is rare in Bollywood.
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This is the story of a man who decides that he will not believe anything that he has not seen with his own eyes. He will experience things first and then believe it. This is the plot, but it is executed in a brilliant way. The idea seems a bit dumb as you can not experience everything in the world, but it is thought provoking for sure.
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Sanjay Mishra gives the best performance of his career as “baauji”. Other actors contribute equally. The pace of the film is good and you dont get the feeling that something is being dragged.
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The screenplay is brilliant and tight. every dialogue is thought provoking and has a deep meaning. The conversations between the characters are really interesting (e.g. the conversation about parallel lines meeting at infinity and the concept of gravity). So anyone looking for over the top and cheap dialogue will be disappointed. Rajat Kapoor uses the real world conversations without making it sound boring.
The cinematography is amazing and easily one of the best I have seen in Bollywood films. The balance between light and dark is near perfect.
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Background music is really good. You can feel it. Some parts will give you goosebumps. This movie has no unnecessary dance sequences and songs (Dance sequences and unnecessary songs kill the movies for me). Every song has a meaning.
The atmosphere is great. You really get the feeling that you are watching an Indian middle-class joint family. Rajat shows you the problems they face in their day to day life and the happiness they find in the small things. It also deals with the issues of having a joint family or nuclear family.
The ending of the movie is spectacular and I do not think anything else would have worked better than this. the ending is symbolic and is left for open interpretation. So different people will take it in different ways. Each one will have something different to tell. It is up to you what you want to believe.
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But this is not a movie for everyone. some people will not get the point, this film is trying to make. It is a journey of self-discovery, a rare gem of Hindi cinema and will definitely get a cult status in the future. “Sab Kuch Yahin hai, Ankhen Khol Ke Dekho”.