Firaaq - Notepad

wogma rating: Add to 'must watch' list (?)
quick review:

Maintains a matter-of-fact tone without seeming indifferent. The entire range of characters verbalize or remain silent but communicate effectively.



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Plot Summary

The effect of the riots on the people of a Gujrati city who belong to different age groups, strata and communities.

What Worked

  • 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

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • 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.


This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • 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