Mumbai Meri Jaan

There have been some very good Indian movies in the recent past that have tried to explore topics other than the run-of-the-mill ones. One of the directors who has had the courage to attempt such movies and according to me has been very successful in his attempts is Nishikant Kamath.

Nishikant’s last movie Evano Oruvan had a great impact on me but was very loud. Mumbai Meri Jaan on the contrary is so subtle and non preachy and yet manages to convey what it wants so effectively. It explores the lives of six different characters through five separate episodes in the days following the July 2006 serial bomb blasts in the Mumbai local trains that took many innocent lives. The movie has a message for almost everyone – even for some TV news channels that seem to be bothered only about scoops and try to sensationalize news to gain TRPs.

Each of the six characters have been portrayed beautifully by the cast. Madhavan and Irfan have so few dialogs to speak but still manage to create such an impact with their acting. The camera work is just too good!

Certainly one of the best movies I have watched in recent times and one that I would highly recommend to everyone. Hats off to people like NIshant who dare to make such movies!

4 thoughts on “Mumbai Meri Jaan

  1. Brilliant movie indeed! Wonderful casting and performances by Kay Kay Menon, Paresh Rawal and his rookie cop as well apart from Irfan, Madhavan and Soha. Superb cinematography. One such movie wherein everything complemented each other so well! Another thing which worked so much for me was that the writer didn’t probe into the Blasts or its aftermaths but was more on how the lives of these 5 move forward which was subtle yet made strong statements. Special mention to the characterizations especially the ironical aspects between Paresh Rawal and Vijay Maurya, the former on the verge of retirement shielding his failures as a policeman with his natural humor and the later on a self realization on his insignificance of being in a socially responsible role. Heartening to see the claps as the end credit titles roled up!
    Way to go Indian Cinema….!

  2. Dear Ram,

    Adu dana late sleep….

    Eppo purindadu….

    office work…

    I don’t know how you manage it

    Kudos to you!!!


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