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Marathi Movie: Shwaas

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Once upon a time, there lived a little boy in a small villege in the Konkan region of India. The boy, one day, complaints to his grandpa that he’s some problem with looking at far objects. The local doctor suggests that the kid should be diagnosed by an eye-specialist in Mumbai. Shwaas

So his (poor) grandpa takes the boy to Mumbai. There, the doctors says that the boy is losing his vision & will be blind very soon. There’s no way to protect his vision. Grandpa has no hope, but he gathers his guts. Wants to show the world (that is Mumbai aka Bombay) to the kid before he loses his vision completely. Grandpa does his job, manages to show the kid all the life in Mumbai. Finally, the boy loses his vision.

We feel sad. We praise the story. We praise the actors. I give 10/10 to the story & the actors. But what about the title of the movie? Shwaas? That is “The Breath”? Logically, how do you connect the title of the movie to the story? Someone please explain?

I believe that the movie makers played a dirty trick with the audience. They just wanted to attract the audience by having a ‘serious looking’ title. The movie was India’s nomination for the Oscar (why do we still have to fight for the  oscars? Why don’t the western movie makers fight for the Filmfare? anyway). The film did not get Oscar. That’s okay.

Shwaas-IIShwaas is no doubt a good movie, however, I’d have been happier if the title was relevant.

I’d love to comment on the sorry state of Marathi Movies, however, it seems to me that the marathi filmmakers don’t want to think beyond the obvious & routine. Just adding ‘item numbers’ or repeating the hackeneyed stories is not going to help. I believe there are lots of good actors waiting out there for a break. So let Ashok Saraf & Sachin take rest, take me in. I, too, can act.

The Big K



1 Comment

  1. deepak s chaudhari.

    March 22, 2008

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    dear big k,
    it was nice reading your comments on our movie.its heartning
    to know after so many years of its release people still talks about it.
    Regarding name SHWAAS (THE BREATH),let me clarify .
    our PARSHA had only two choice,either get operated and loose eyesight or die(when you die there is no breath/shwass left)ULTIMATELY SHWAAS REMAINS,PARSHA IS SAVED.NAME IS BEYOND EYESIGHT,SHWAAS IS LIFE.WITHOUT EYES YOU CAN LEAD SUCCESFUL LIFE,LOOK AT MUSCIAN RAVINDRA JAIN,WE WANTED TO CONVEY THIS POSITIVE MESSAGE.
    WITH WARM REGARDS
    Deepak s. chaudhari.
    Producer;SHWAAS
    9821018928

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