When it comes to technical aspects of movies, there are very few viewers that can appreciate the techniques used by the creators to truly grasp your attention. There are many examples that come to my mind where a scene truly blows you away by the impeccable writing and the delivery of those dialogues. Some of which include the powerful “Sattar Minutes” scene in Chak De India, that could motivate anyone. The poetry narration in the movie Udan, that could make you feel the anguish within Rohan or the beautiful “Yahan Se Bahut Dur Ek Maidaan Hai” dialogue from Rockstar that makes you image the paradise that Jordan and Heer wanted to transport to.
Purity or emotions in its raw form however especially hit you right in the gut where there is a sense of stillness in the frame.
When feeling as a theme don’t have to be expressed through words but are powerfully communicated through action or emotion. A beautiful scenegy of capturing a perfect moment tells you a thousand stories running in the character’s mind, discussing some of these cases here is me telling you some powerful Bollywood movie scenes that required no dialogues.
Karan Johar truly isn’t given enough credits for his directorial skills in terms of spacing frames and capturing moments. The individual has definitely himself to blame as he spreads himself to thin, doing basically everything under the sky. From radio to reality television, producing to even hosting award shows, the man seems to show is visibility basically everywhere.
This whereas on one hand makes him extremely relevant yet takes him further away from where he started that is directing films. Even though the movie Student Of the Year is one of his brainless high school romcoms intended to only kick-start career for new faces, there was one sequence though that truly showcases Johars technical brilliance.
The setting is Varun Dawan’s character Rohan’s brother’s wedding and the interactions among the various characters that takes place in a matter of moments. With no dialogue but with a subtle piano playing the in the background.
The sequence starts off with the romance that is at its inception. A playful interaction yet hesitation between characters truly confessing their feelings. A moment of disappointment yet acceptance of the world a mother lives in. A playful back and forth between a couple that makes their interaction human. Not glossy and on the surface like the entire film. The realization of a sweet gesture and an apology by just genuinely being present and finally a perfect frame and spacing that leads to the character parting ways. The movie honestly gets a lot of stake for what it represents, however, this sequence was definitely the highlight of it, encapsulating many relations and characters over dialogues. Swades
A beautiful film following Mohan Bhargava and his journey back to India to reunite with his mother on the surface but gets pulled back his birthplace for a sense for identity and belonging. As Mohan gets to know about the regressive cast system and the segregation that is lead to a man to lose all form of his financial opportunities, he travels back in frustration and with a sense of absolute helplessness because of the sad state of affair at the grassroots level.
As he travels back in a train he is approached by a little boy selling water. Where with thousands of thoughts running in his mind, Mohan, an individual that comes to the village and stays in his lavish rooms and furthermore only drinks packaged mineral water experiences a rush of emotions. Trying to control his tears as he can’t imagine how close he is to his own people and how disconnected he has been all this while. Shahrukh Khan and his eyes, as they fill up with tears don’t require any dialogue. We experience several thoughts that are gushing through Mohan’s mind just in this moment and frame.
Now before I discuss the cinematic and extremely powerful sequence in the final moments of the movie, there where are a lot of comments on the portrayal of the Johar scene. Many people were of the opinion that the Johar scene showcased a very regressive practice and even celebrated it. As Rani Padmaavati smiles and heads towards an open fire, reducing her role and of the women in the film to be of no significance but to commit suicide. The Johar scene was the representation of the practice that was carried out in the history and an inevitable feature that will be showcased in any based at that time.
Rani Padmaavati was showcased as a very important character in the movie. She was the queen who warns her husband of a possible attack, takes administrative control as her husband gets captured, severs the head of the man who planted the bad idea in the savage’s mind, commands the Rajput army herself and rescues her husband. Rather than being subjected to slaver and be with a man as barbaric as an animal for their rest of their lives against their will, the Rajput women would rather kill themselves than be subjected to shekels.
The sequence of the film where women are walking down the stairs all in red is a representation of their resistance and outright denial. As Padmaavati herself said, “Hamare Shareer Ko Pani Ki Lalsa Rakhne Wale Shatru Ke Haath Hamri Parchai Bhi Nahi Lagegi.”
The Johar scene of Padmaavat still gives me chills!
One movie that is not everyone’s cup of tea. But I will constantly celebrate and praise Shoojit Sarkar directed movie October. The movie that is not meant to be about its plot but is intended to transport us to moments and characters. It is a movie that will not overwhelm you with the content that it focuses on yet has this unique and interesting gravitational pull that makes you follow Dan and its character. An individual that is constantly bickering and annoyed and who transitions to truly caring for someone just at the thought of his name being mentioned.
The film is beautiful with regards to its energy and real treatment of interaction among characters. The moment though very subtle and brief, is when Dan take Shiuli currently paralyzed to a park and asks her. Knowing ‘No’ will be the answer.
“Kabhi Kahi Dur Jane Ka Mann Kiya, Kahan Jati? Coma Main Jaogi Yeh Toh Kabhi Nahi Socha Hoga Na”
Film oddly but charmingly places these moments to break the tension and an absolute sadness the viewers are experiencing. As he asks her why she said his name before she got critically injured, she struggles yet clearly says Dan. The moment represents a sense of closure within Dan, as she, had a special place in her heart for him. A connection rather unexplainable, this frame, as they just sit together in a park, side by side is just simply beautiful.