Monday, February 13, 2006

Rang de Basanti - I survived to tell the tale

Hindi movies are a strict no-no to me .. mostly because I need someone next to me to replay the subtle innuendoes and "jokes" . ( not that I dont understand or read Hindi .. I do both with flair.. except for the fine prints, slangs and ghaalis) ( I survived a week trying to speak back in Bundelkhandi ( a laid back hindi-dialect in central India) ..
back to movies ...
I rarely watch them unless it has Aamir Khan in it ... ( you can always hit upon a Khan in a Hindi movie .. Aamir, Shahrukh, Salman ... ) ... Rang de Basanti was the latest !

Now .. a little on the inspiration for the movie

Inspired by a real life hero, IAF MIG-21 fighter pilot Flight Lieutenant Abhijit Gadgil, who crashed into the deserts of Rajasthan, owning to some technical glitches, and was unrightly blamed for his inept flying ! ...
The mother protests ... and the plot thickens....
Note : RDB is much more graphic and far reaching than what actually happened .

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