Film : The Dark Side of Life : Mumbai City
Star Cast : Mahesh Bhatt, Kay Kay Menon, Deep Raj Rana, Nikhil Ratnaparkhi, Neha Khan, Jyoti Malshe, Avii etc.
Director : Tariq Khan
Banner : Lakshya Productions
The film The Dark Side of Life : Mumbai City is surely a dark take on the lives of the people of Mumbai. A reality check like no other. The issue is we as audiences take cinema to be a form of escapism. We at times are completely oblivious to the varied aspects of cinema. And with this film, the makers have tried to draw the attention of the viewing public in that zone.
The film The Dark Side of Life : Mumbai City makes the viewer uncomfortable. There is no whitewashing and sugar-coating of facts. They are just the way they are and truly, there’s no harm in seeing the stark reality! Mind you, people who are getting offended and are raising questions are probably the ones who felt the slap on their faces was too hard.
The Dark Side of Life : Mumbai City showcases vignettes pertaining to different strata of the society, people with different mindsets, backgrounds and demeanour. Another thing worth noticing is – this demeanour I am talking about is again shaped by the events that have perhaps shaken them from within and have shaped them into what they are!
Zindegi Mein Haarna Par Zindegi Se Na Haarna – It is okay if you fail in life but be sure never to give up on it! Unfortunately, just the opposite happens, there are far too many people who give up on life – end up committing the deadliest sin of committing suicide! And the statistics shown in one of the slides before the film begins depicting the number of suicides committed globally and, in the country, reinstates that even more strongly!
The characters are etched out very nicely, the warped psychology of some of the people in the film gives you a Deja vu feeling of having met or passing by one such character in your personal life! And it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state, that is an achievement in itself.
So, there is a cop who has problems sleeping with his wife, opens up in front of a shrink saying that during his childhood when he was once caught smoking by his teacher, the latter sexually molested him. The ironical part is such a man who is ashamed of himself that he can’t perform on the bed, is a racist!
A man in his late sixties Zulfikar Hussain played by Mahesh Bhatt who has opened up his own dwelling for the homeless lot of the city, suddenly finds comfort in a struggling singer Prince, played by Avi Pardasnii who doesn’t have a place to stay yet hopes to make it big in the world of playback singing.
All in all a lovely example of filmmaking (and I repeat) is more of a slap on the audience’s hypocritical faces, watch it if you have the guts to watch something that is hard-hitting and true to the core!
Saajan Verma “Sanjay” is a Founder of FilmySansaar.com. He has worked for many producers and directors in Indian Film Industry. He is a good Hindi writer and his interest towards film industry has leaded to startFilmySansaar.com. Sanjay is a cool guy from small town landed at Mumbai and working in various fields in Bollywood. He has good knowledge in all the sections on film making, graphic designing and media production.
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