(Recommended by SI Blog reader ‘Hari‘)
Most Indian movies are horror shows churned out by thieves and dodos, featuring murderers, convicts, rapists and retards and watched primarily by half-wits who can’t/won’t wank off without the crutch of a skimpily-clad Bollywood siren gyrating obscenely on the screen.
Mercifully, once in a rare blessed while, like the Halley’s Comet, we encounter a bright streak of light like film-maker Aparna Sen and Anurag Kashyap, actors like Irrfan Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, Rahul Bose and Konkona Sen-Sharma and a small bunch of moviegoers who believe crass and class have completely different meanings in the dictionary.
Thanks to the suggestion of a SI reader, we happened to see one such decent film, Mr and Mrs Iyer (Konkona Sen-Sharma, Rahul Bose) on DVD the other day (via Netflix).
Directed by Konkona’s real-life mother Aparna Sen, the English language movie was released in 2002, shortly after the 9/11 attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Center and other violent incidents in different parts of the world.
The movie’s narrative is in English but occasionally strays into Tamil and Hindi.
Who are Mr and Mrs Iyer?
Mr and Mrs Iyer is a look at communalism, a murderous plague that often bedevils India, setting man against man and ravaging the landscape leaving behind a carpet of blood, tears and the broken shards of lives brutally cut short.