There are rare breed of movies, which can make you laugh, cry and think, at the same time. Ankhon Dekhi is one such marvelous movie by Rajat Kapoor. BTW I am a fan of Rajat Kapoor’s work, be it acting screenplay writing or Directing. I love his real life portrayal of characters.
Ankhon Dekhi is a hindi film, written and directed by Rajat Kapoor. Film stars Sanjay Mishra and Rajat Kapoor in lead roles along with Seema Pahwa of Humlog fame. Ankhon Dekhi, as it’s name suggests is based on a belief to believe only what your eyes can see.
Sanjay Mishra is head of the family, who lives in a joint family along with her younger brother Rajat Kapoor’s family. Both the families are living happily (sort of), managing their lower middle class problems and shortcomings by each passing day, until they came to know that the daughter of the family has fallen in love with a boy of ill reputation. Rita, who is daughter of Sanjay Mishra, loves Ajju, who as per everyone in the neighborhood, is a flirt and not a good fellow. Needless to say, family opposes this union and locks Rita in her room. While, dear chacha Rajat Kapoor decides to literally take matter into his own hands, and went to Ajju’s place to thrash him a little.
When they meet a whimpering Ajju, standing in the corner of his room with fear running down his spine, they realize that Ajju is not that bad as they have heard about him, instead he is a sweet fellow, who loves their daughter dearly, and is serious about marrying her. Sanjay, the father, almost realize that he was about to ruin the future of his beloved daughter based on a hearsay. He soon take a pledge to believe only what he sees with his eyes.
Easy said than done. He loos his job, as he can not convince his client a place is good or bad for vacationing, if he himself has not seen it. Pretty convincing…. right?
He is ridiculed and mocked by everyone, till everyone started seeing the sense in his belief. He soon is stormed with daily visitors from the whole neighborhood who wants to debate with him, and just pick his mind actually.
He once went to a zoo to see in actual if a Tiger roars or just meow…. how could he believe a tiger roars, if he hasn’t seen it with his own eyes? Point!!!
I love the whole idea, and treatment of the film. Most beautiful thing about this film is that it liven up that old Delhi and lower middle class culture, those family values and heart breaks when families grow apart of each other. You will start seeing that ache that pain through these characters eyes. The feeling of losing your loved ones to selfish independence.
Each character is justified, so apt that they don’t even look characters anymore; they are the story. One thing that I wish could have been better with the movie is a tight editing. Sometimes, movie seems to go off track, or just look loose to you. Every scene has a meaning to it, but sometimes the flow from one to another is missing. Maybe, you need to have two part of this movie to fully capture the true essence of it. I wish!!!
End will leave you devastated, but it was so beautiful, like setting someone free. Free like a bird. Would love to see what comes next from Rajat Kapoor’s nest….