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Film Review: Refugee
Reviewer: Fultoos


Cast : Abhishekh Bachan, Kareena Kapoor and Sunil Sheety
Director and Producer:
JP Dutta
Fultoo's Rating: 3.5/5

About Movie:

It's a wonderful relief that directors of Hindi movies recently are laying stress on the gravity of human relationships in a love story that transcends any religion, caste, creed and even borders. And notwithstanding the patriotic hyperboles influenced by a guilt of nationalism, J P Dutta's Refugee succeeds in making an impression and this despite carrying out three stories together-Love between a Bangladeshi refugee Nazneen (Kareena Kapoor) and 'Refugee' (yes that's the name of Abhishek Bachchan), Love of Ashraf (Sunil Shetty) for Naaz and the ubiquitous issue of Indo-Pak border.

Refugee, who abhors any relationship and does not like to be associated with any nationality, is helping people to cross the border, totally ignorant about the border laws. He considers it as a service for which he gets paid. And in one such trip of his across the wonderfully depicted Rann of Kutch he falls in love with Naaz who has come all the way from Bangladesh along with her family (Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Party) to reach Pakistan. And thus starts the love story between both of them in the backdrop of border tensions, which J P Dutta has been able to knit with very well.

Naaz is now settled in Pakistan and Refugee marathons all the way through the Rann of Kutch to meet his love. Meanwhile Ashraf a Pakistani Ranger falls for the charms of Naaz adding a bit of complexity to the story. And well the end of such stories are very much predictable just that J P Dutta is able to draw a point towards 'Insaniyat' by showing Naaz giving birth to a child on the border who is touted as the representative of Insaniyatsthan (A touch too much to digest though).

On performances, well if I were to loose all my words for expression in an accident, I will save this one for Kareena Kapoor's performance-Magnificent. The ease and panache with which she exudes emotions is praiseworthy and that too for a new comer it's absolutely stunning. May I call her a born actress? Abhishek Bachchan also renders a good performance with all the gravity in his eyes and an intense face reminiscing the legend. But honestly we need to see him more. And I have seldom seen a less than brilliant performance from Anupam Kher in any role he performs. Both Kulbhushan Kharbanda as the Bangladeshi refugee and father of Naaz and Sunil Shetty as the Pakistani ranger falling for Naaz have done full justice to their roles. Jackie Shroff, Shahdab Khan, Sudhesh Beri all played a little cameo. The music by Annu Malik and Lyrics of Javed Akhtar are memorable.

On the flip side the movie was touch too elongated. The three hours 20 min. length could have been curtailed by at least by 30 minutes but for a deft editing. The portrayal of the serene yet perilous Rann of Kutch is a remarkable stint of cinematography, which too is not consistent as at some places it appears to be just ordinary. And well whatever might be happening on the political front sometimes we feel that in at least the movies which have a different principal theme the decibels of nationalistic jingoism must be tempered a bit. Remember '1947 A Love Story'???

Rating: ***1/2 (of which one full star goes to Kareena Kapoor)

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