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"Rang De Basanti"- A great Bollywood movie- A Generation Awakens
"Mr. McHeneley: [voiceover] What is it about these boys that makes them have no fear? I think sometimes a person can be pushed so far that they reach a point beyond fear; a place where you find a strange peace, where you free yourself to do the right thing; because sometimes, that's the hardest thing to do."
I first watched Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's "Rang De Basanti" in my Bollywood film class. Like others I thought at the time that Bollywood only produced highly expensive musicals (don't get me wrong, I love those too!). Slowly I realized that the Indian film industry seems to be the only one capable of keeping up with Hollywood.
"Sue: As I watched DJ sleep that night, a funny thought occurred to me. Maybe DJ wasn't sleeping. Maybe none of them were. Maybe they were all waking up."
"Rang De Basanti" is the story of a young girl who travels to India to make a documentary about her grand-father's diary. With the help of the five protagonist, she is soon swept up into the story of the Indian Independence of 1920. The past soon catches up to the present and the five young men are trapped between action or inaction.
"DJ: With one leg in the past and one in the future... it's no wonder we're pissing on the present."
This is the one movie that can always make me cry. Watch it! It's important.