The Dreamers (2003)

“Before you can change the world you must realize you are part of it.
You can’t stand outside, looking in”


Directed by – Bernardo Bertolucci

Based on Gilbert Adair’s novel “The Holy Innocents”, The Dreamers is a film about three friends in Paris, a pair of twins – Theo and Isabelle and an American exchange student – Matthew, who bonded over cinema, politics and love.

I loved the way they meet – while protesting for Henri Langlois’s dismissal from Cinémathèque Française. From the very beginning, you see these youngsters so passionate and gripped by the power of cinema. Eventually, the uninhibited relationship between the twins yet not completely incestuous becomes a utopian world for the trio as Matthew fits in as Isabelle’s lover.

It talks about Maoism and the youth movement in Paris during late 1960s through this amazingly furnished plot. It might seem surreal at places but that is the beauty of The Dreamers.


Hazaaron khwaishein Aisi (2003)

Hazaaron khwaishein aisi

Director – Sudhir Mishra

The poster is HIGHLY misleading, so don’t go by it. It has nothing to do with a gangster woman with a gun in her hands and neither do the other two actors make any sense with that attitude. The film is about three youngsters and their life during and after college in the Emergency time of the nation. Sidharth who is born with a silver spoon but is an idealist who wants to change the world through Communism ideology of empowering the poorest. Gita who has studied abroad does not really know much about the situation of her country but tries to understand because of her sensitivity and compassion for people. Sidharth and Gita are in love. Enters Vikram, charmer, broker, guy-who-gets everything done and a man in love with Gita.

I personally loved the film. Transition elements like the letter is perhaps one of the favourite narration styles. Main actors, director, locations, perfect. SCORED.


Maqbool (2003)

Maqbool poster

Director – Vishal Bhardwaj

From the way it starts to the way it ends – its beyond-language- amazing! Big names are associated with it, from the actors to the backstage artists. It had to be out of the world. Beautiful film – based on the Indian background of Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’.