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Yesterday I was invited for a special screening of Bioscopewala by a friend of mine, Neel. Here’s what I thought of it:
IMDB describes Bioscopewala’s plot as: “A woman meets her dead father’s old friend, who was the operator of a Bioscope show that she loved in her childhood. Connecting India and Afghanistan, a story of love and cinema unfolds.” But it is a lot more than just a mere adaptation of Kabuliwala.
Bioscopewala is everything that a Tagore story demands in today’s time and more. It’s new, yet it is old. It’s modern as well as nostalgic. Madhekar has so beautifully churned out this fresh and enigmatic piece with the characters of an evergreen prose that one can not take their eyes off the screen while the movie is on.
You are bound to be swept away by the plethora of emotions that this movie upholds with great grace, and cry, laugh and feel good at the end of it. The movie makes you realize how important art is for the admirer and the creator. This movie subtly tells the story of the struggle of every man who wants to put art out there. The film points out how we all have someone who teaches us to make things up, to tell our story. We all have our individual Bioscopewalas.
The eye for detail also deserves appreciation. Every scene is so perfectly crafted that after a while it feels like real life. Among all the other things I loved, the use of multiple languages was my favourite. Also, did I mention the title song that is still buzzing in my ears?
Each and every character has been given adequate screen time and enough opportunities to show off their skills. It is needless to say that they have done justice.
This is probably the only film that I felt like watching again and again. After a very long time did I feel this way. Another thing that caught my eye was the poster artwork, as an aspiring designer and artist, I could not help but fall in love with it!
Hats off to the whole team for their effort and hard work which translated into this beautiful bioscope of sorts. This piece is heartwarming, heart-wrenching and everything in between. This is what Indian cinema was begging for.
Go watch it when it releases a few days from now, in a theatre near you, and thank me later!