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rittika Goldie

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Posted: 07 June 2008 at 1:54pm | IP Logged
Another review of Aamir by one of the most well known critis in the country Khalid Mehmood

Hatch-22 situation
Khalid Mohamed, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, June 07, 2008
First Published: 15:42 IST(7/6/2008)   

Cast: Rajeev Khandelwal
Direction: Rajkumar Gupta
Rating: **1/2

Brilliant cinematography – largely executed with hidden cameras – is the hero of Aamir. Street shots, head-on walks through Mumbai's mean streets and mohallas are lensed with extraordinary stealth by Alphonse Roy. Editor Aarti Bajaj goes at the material with surgical precision. In fact technically, this boot string-budget enterprise, is a zinger.

You haven't ever seen the underbelly of Mumbai the way you do in Aamir directed by first-timer Rajkumar Gupta. Thematically, too, here's a little big movie that salutes the sacrificing secular spirit – not always convincingly but the climax, is likely to stir the social conscience of every viewer.

Terrific! But here's the rub. The plot: it's about an England-returned doctor (Rajeev Khandelwal), who on landing in Mumbai, is threatened to follow instructions over a cell phone. Alas, this is hardly plausible. In fact, the outcome is littered with so many questions and inconsistencies that Dr Aamir's dilemma becomes un-involving. Why is he the chosen one? Why the elaborate hatch-and-catch 22 charade?

Also, why does director Gupta have to go the DVD-pilfer route? The source, like it or not, is a Filipino movie called Cavite (2005) with virtually the same plot.

Gratifyingly, Rajeev Khandelwal affirms that he's a first-rate actor. A born natural, he's a welcome addition to the quality conscious Actors' Club.

Edited by rittika - 07 June 2008 at 1:55pm

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Posted: 07 June 2008 at 6:18pm | IP Logged
Film Aamir Review by Hanumant Bhansali
June 7

Cast: Rajeev Khandelwal
Director: Rajkumar Gupta
Producer: Anurag Kashyap, Deven Khote, Ronnie Screwvala, Zarina Mehta
Music Director: Amit Trivedi
Lyricist: Amitabh Varma
Editor: Aarti Bajaj (Aarti Kashyap)


Rajeev Khandelwal, the heartthrob of Indian television marks his silverscreen debut with Aamir. He has earlier shown his class of acting in tele-series Kahiin to Hoga and Left Right Left. The film has been made under the banners of UTV Spot Boys Pictures and also marks the debut of director Rajkumar Gupta.

Visually, Aamir is very raw. The shooting locations can be related to the ones that an ordinary man comes across in his daily life. However, for an intelligent audience (which has increased in numbers) a good film can always expect appreciation, and that's where Aamir will find its success – in the heart of the audience.

Aamir is the story of an individual who is hit black and blue by the tides of religious waves and a web of introspected trap. The bullish attitude rises from the past from where he left his strength, and finds a new leash of life amidst the down streams of fears and tolerance.

He finds his true self entangled in the over crowded streets of Mumbai. Will our leading protagonist choose to win his trance or will his choice turn out to be a nightmare?

The theme carried by the strong script and brilliantly executed by the technical crew of Aamir stand out as the winners in this film. Cinematography and the background music are brilliant. Editing is slick.

Rajeev Khandelwal, playing the title role of Dr Aamir Ali, portrays his character brilliantly.The complete focus is on Aamir's character as there are no songs or sleazy item numbers to dilute your attention.

On the whole, Aamir's strength lies in its storyline and well-crafted plot.

Radiosargam Movie Rating: 7/10

Hanumant Bhansali

Edited by nram - 07 June 2008 at 6:19pm
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Saturday 6th June 2008 17.00 IST

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Just like the rains bringing in some relief from the blistering heat of summer, Aamir wipes out the drought that Hindi cinema has been suffering for the past 5 months. Lovers of good cinema rejoice. The script is the backbone of any film & this film will reinforce your belief in good scripts. It is rumored to be inspired by a Phillipino film Cavite. I haven't seen it so that saves me from comparing the two. Even Bheja Fry was a remake of The Dinner Game. So what, as long as the film is good, from where & how you one derives inspiration does not matter.

Aamir is a well written film. It takes you into the middle of the story right from the beginning. As soon as Peggy Lane starts singing "It's a beautiful day" you know it's going to be quite the opposite, you also know that this film will be "different". Syd field says in his book on Script Writing that an audience decides in the first 10 mins of the film whether they like the film or not. You will like Aamir 5 mins into the film. It's a difficult film to write because the film is set on the streets. Bombay is an important character in the film. Locations are the supporting actors. All credit to writer Rajkumar Gupta for having written a film like this. But, if he really was inspired by Cavite why didn't he acknowledge it. What I didn't like about the script is that it does not explain why Rajeev was chosen to do what could have been done by anybody from the terrorist group? This is an important link which the script misses out on.

Rajkumar delivers a slap on many debutant film makers. This is the kind of debut the audience is expecting. Solid, confident, passionate. He is ably supported by the lead actor Rajeev Khadelwal. Aamir literally means Leader & Rajeev leads the film as an actor. The most powerful debut by an actor in a long long time. He makes you go through the emotional graph of the character from the beginning till the end. The supporting characters are so perfectly cast & enacted that they bring respect to the credit called "supporting cast".

Music director Amit Trivedi has composed a soundtrack aimed straight at your soul. The theme track resembles the track from Requiem for a Dream though. Amitabh Varma comes up with some fantastic lyrics after Life...In a Metro. The background score by Amit Trivedi is a lesson for the likes of Salim-Suleiman & Amar Mohile. Editing by Aarti Bajaj is seamless. Her style reminds me of Renu Saluja, who according to me was one of the most fantastic editors in the industry. The real star of the film though is ALPHONSE ROY. Without his cinematography the film wouldn't be what it is. He adds soul to the film. If the film gets gets nominated for awards, the categories should be Best actor, best director, best cinematography, best editing, best script, best music, and best lyrics. When the nomination list is announced next year if you find these 7 nominations missing, you can stop believing in awards. (This reviewer certainly stole the words from my mouth)

Final Few Words: Put this film on your must watch list. It's by far the best film of the year 2008. Watch it. If you like it, recommend it your friends, family & enemies. And please don't watch it on pirated dvd's or vcd's. Independent cinema needs your money to make more Aamir's.

*** (Very Good)

P.S: star less for that vital missing link in the script

Source: boxofficeindia.com

Edited by nram - 07 June 2008 at 6:30pm
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Aamir (Hindi)

ShubraGupta  Posted online: Saturday , June 07, 2008 at 1113 hrs
What's in a name? Everything. Aamir ( Rajeev ) gets off a plane in Mumbai, is razzed by airport officials for his obviously-Muslim name, and gets sucked into a terrifying vortex of events, which take him from one seedy pocket of Mumbai's underbelly to another, leading him to his destiny. Yes, it does look as if the film, helmed by first-timers both on the directorial and the lead actor front, has been 'inspired' by Phone Booth, but it has enough to stand on its own. The young doctor returning home after studying in the UK is asked at the airport: kyon, visa extend nahin kiya? And that hits home, both with the hero, and with us, the viewers. Racial profiling has become a huge scourge, both at home and abroad. A cell phone, flung at Aamir, becomes the weapon through which a shadowy character controls him. Taxis driven by a satka-hua driver, encounters with a blowsy whore, filthy by lanes, overflowing toilets, become the points through which he has to pass, with an increasing sense of helplessness.

The tech specs are great. The characters know what they have to do; and so does Aamir, as he heads towards a searing, truly shocking climax. The film would have benefited, though, from a shorter length. In an on-the-go film like this, you need crispness at all times: there are not enough heart-in-the-mouth moments. But what there is, is a story which has something to say, and an everyman hero (TV heartthrob Rajeev doing a good job of being hounded) believable every inch of the way. He asks that immigration guy right in the beginning: agar mera naam Amar hota tab bhi aap aisa karte? That question stays with you.







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