Both these films deal with the process by which a terrorist is born. The process is simple - overzealous law enforcement officials who over-do the "interrogation" , and do it on the wrong people, in a way that strips a person of his basic dignity, and makes him want to "get back" at the "people who did this to me" .
Both the films present this truth in a very hard hitting, effective way.. the subject, sensitive as it is, is handled delicately, yet with an underlying strength that adds resilience to the story telling.
The rest of the review is ONLY about New York.
If you think good looking people cannot act, watch this film. These are three superlative performances.. each bettering the others.. but a special mention must be made of John Abraham.. it takes a lot of courage to give the shots that this movie needed.. and he has done them all par excellence.. after this film, he is an actor in my book..
Katrina Kaif can act.. it was a tall order to match up to the screen presence of the other two, and at some places, she beats them to it.
Neil Nitin Mukesh has already proved himself as an actor. With this film, he leaves absolutely no doubt in anyone's mind about his versatility and screen presence. John Abraham is a good looking person who can also act well. Neil Nitin Mukesh is an actor who also happens to look good.
Irrfan Khan needs no more eulogy. His performance remains great as ever. Perhaps he should give vesatility a chance now:-)
Like all YRF films, the visuals are a treat.. there isnt one bland moment in the film.. the editing is perfect.
The story is full of surprises, gripping yet warm.
Some surprises that the film flung at yours truly:
- Neil Nitin Mukesh's voice is a lot like his grandfather - Mukesh.
- There is third degree even in the human rights aware Amareeka, and no one can do anything about it.
And just as i was thinking of all the questions that the film throws at you, this post came along on Indscribe's blog.. and this one on Soul in Exile's blog ..you must watch the film and then read the posts.. will cost you a night's sweet dreams..