After a long time, here is a movie which raises a serious question that “Whether the youth should be made familiar with the ugly part of the history of a nation or not?.”  Writer-Director Shonali Bose certainly deserves praises for choosing this kind of uncommon topic for her film. And she even deserves bigger applause to make a film on the trauma faced by a community which she doesn’t belong to by birth. “Amu” is a movie based on the Sikh Riots which were witnessed in New Delhi after the assassination of Mrs. Indira Gandhi, then, the world famous Prime Minister of the Country.


Normally you expect movie on such burning topic coming from the people of the victim community like “Maachis” directed by Gulzar, who belongs to a Sikh background. He could easily relate and understand the problem faced by Punjab due to the terrorist movement at that time, which was visible in his widely acclaimed movie.  But to my amazement the brilliant agony and pain of the riots, expressed in “Amu”, comes from a person who is a Bengali. May be she had some relationship with the happening in any way but this is a pure example of how a human heart can feel the pain suffered by another human irrespective of any community differences.  I was awestruck after viewing the film and couldn’t believe how intelligently the subject was handled by the writer and director.


The movie is about a small girl whose parents are killed in the Sikh riots and then she is adopted by a Bengali family. She is living with the family abroad and now when she has turned into a young lady, she gets a chance to visit Delhi for a family function. Coming back to the city she feels somehow attached to the surroundings and finds it strange. With the help of her friend she discovers her past and comes to know the ugly history of the city which everybody is trying to hide from the youngsters. Interestingly the movie is about riots, but there are only few scenes showing the angry and mad crowd, instead the director emphasizes on the victims and people who unknowingly participated in the happenings and regret doing it till now. Not going into it politically, the director gives indication to many incidents of that time, which are still considered controversial.


It is really remarkable that in a film based on riots there are only few scenes of actual killings, yet you can strongly feel the torture realistically. The movie was allowed a Censor Certificate in India after several cuts and it could only manage an unpublicized release due to reasons unknown. Now it is released on DVD with some extra features related to the making of the movie too.  Coming back to the question the movie raises, I would suggest that the youth of a nation should be made familiar to both the good and bad past of a country as that would make them think better about their own future and about the path they have to choose.


The movie is a must watch for all those who were part of that tough time in Delhi and it’s an even  more essential watch for all those who have just read about it, as it is very close to the reality which could have been avoided. A well made movie which deserves a standing ovation for choosing the unconventional subject and executing it brilliantly.


Directed By Shonali Bose

Starring : Konkona Sen, Yashpal Sharma, Brinda Karat, Ankur Khanna, Loveleen Mishra & more.

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