Firaaq - Notepad
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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
The effect of the riots on the people of a Gujrati city who belong to different age groups, strata and communities.
- Aarti's (Deepti Naval's) way of trying to redeem herself for not helping people during the riots and feeling a personal loss when she cannot help.
- Shahana Goswami's accent.
- Naseeruddin Shah's character - it was weird how he knew everything and yet was unaware and out of touch with reality.
- The argument in Sameer Shaikh's head being voiced out through discussions between his wife and their friends.
- The moment where Sameer says 'we' instead of 'me'
- The locket-moment between Muneera and Jyoti.
What did not
- Lighting decisions in Munira and Hanif's house. It was a little too bright with too much light on the faces.
- Some scenes which felt like they didn't belong - Hanif's attachment with his audio tapes, the whole dentures' scene with the child, the brief cut to a Madrassa
- Where is Jyoti's family when she brings Muneera to her house?
- Was the intermission not planned? It was one of the most abrupt interval breaks I've seen in a Hindi film lately.
- The four guys being fascinated by a gun.
- I loved the peephole on Naseeruddin Shah's main door - it added a nice touch to the ambience of that house.
- Aarti offering the child a khakra. A brilliant choice of all the food that could have been offered - khakra