Hanan (2004)

  |  Musical, Action, Drama

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In a remote village in India a man called Pagla (madman) serves the Mahapoojary and two disciples of a Devi Maa Bhagwati temple. One day a wealthy man brings a mentally challenged young ... See full summary »

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22 January 2008 | Chrysanthepop
Mixed Opinions
I bought the DVD as it was on sale and it starred Bajpai and Kulkarni (whose works I have liked). 'Hanan' is one film of which I have mixed opinions. I cannot say I regret buying the DVD (yet) nor can I say I'm proud to have it (yet). I think it's brave of Deshpande to make a film on the current concept of religion vs atheism vs humanity. However, the idea seems lost at places. For example, why does Deshpande decide to show the protagonists, Pagla and Pagli, in the city? What was he trying to say? Was he trying to show how corrupt life in the city is? Why? Perhaps things will be a lot clearer if I rewatch 'Hanan'. Technically the film is adequate. I liked the village setting. The canal seems to play an important part (and is presented in a very subtle way). The songs do hinder the pace of the film and some could have easily been left out. The 'Pal Pal' song which is set in the movie theatre featuring numerous backup dancers seems out of place. The performances are mostly adequate. Manoj Bajpai is dependable as always. Sonali Kulkarni does well. The two actors share a sweet chemistry that stresses the purity and innocence of Pagla and Pagli's bond. Sayaji Shinde is the same as in his other films. Suhasini Mulay is good and Seema Biswas is brilliant. I think it's a brave and sincere effort of the director and perhaps a movie that can be discussed among friends.

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October 2004


English, Hindi, Bengali

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