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Firaaq (2009)

Firaaq2009

Firaaq (2009) is a 2009 Hindi political thriller film set one month after the 2002 violence in Gujarat, India, and looks at the aftermath in terms of the effects on the lives of everyday people. It claims to be based on “a thousand true stories”. Firaaqmeans both separation and quest in Urdu. The film is the directorial debut of Nandita Das, and stars Naseeruddin Shah, Deepti Naval, Paresh Rawal, Raghubir Yadav, Sanjay Suri, Shahana Goswami, Amruta Subhash and Tisca Chopra. The film has largely been well received, both locally and internationally. It won three awards at the Asian Festival of First Films in Singapore in December 2008, the Special Prize at the International Thessaloniki Film Festival, and an award at the Kara Film Festival.

Plot

Firaaq follows the life of several ordinary people, some who were victims, some silent observers and some perpetrators one month after the 2002 violence in Gujarat. It focuses on how their lives are affected and (irrevocably) changed. Mohsin, a young Muslim boy who has been orphaned during the carnage and is searching for his father. Khan Sahab (Naseeruddin Shah), an elderly Muslim classical vocalist, who is initially unaware of the events and loses his optimism after becoming aware of the hate floating around. A middle-aged Hindu woman, Aarti (Deepti Naval), who is traumatised because she did not open the door to a Muslim woman being chased by a mob and her husband (Paresh Rawal) Muneera, a young Muslim woman whose house has been burnt and suspects her friend Jyoti’s (Amruta Subhash) husband to be behind it. A group of Muslim men, who want to hide their helplessness by searching for a gun in order to extract revenge. An affluent couple, Sameer (Sanjay Suri) and Anu (Tisca Chopra), whose store was burnt during the carnage and want to escape their fears by moving to Delhi. The stories briefly interconnect, giving the impression that all are involved in each others life and all have been affected.

Cast

Paresh Rawal as keshar
Naseeruddin Shah as Khan sahib
Sanjay Suri as Sameer Arshad Shaikh
Shahana Goswami as munira
Tisca Chopra as Anuradha Desai
Deepti Naval as Aarti
Raghuvir Yadav as Karim
Nowaz as Hanif
Mohammad Samad as Mohsin
Nasser as special appearance
Sumeet Raghavan

Sound Tracks

“Andhera Hi Andhera”
Written by Gulzar
Composed by Rajat Dholakia, Piyush Kanojia
Performed by Sukhwinder Singh

“Gujraat Ke Firaaq”
Written by Gulzar
Composed by Rajat Dholakia, Piyush Kanojia
Performed by Jagjit Singh

“Ummeed Kahi Koyi”
Written by Gulzar
Composed by Rajat Dholakia, Piyush Kanojia
Performed by Rekha Bhardwaj

“Yeh Daag Daag”
Written by Gulzar
Composed by Rajat Dholakia, Piyush Kanojia
Performed by Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Reviewed by ChathuRangA on 27 May 2011

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