By Arun Fulara. Posted on March 21, 2016
Vishal Bhardwaj has always been a trendsetter, may it be his music or his filmmaking. Collaborating for the first time with Gulzar in his first break, he created one of the most memorable children's songs- Jungle jungle pataa chala hain, chaddi pehen ke phool khila hain, for the The Jungle Book. And then when he composed the music for Gulzar's Maachis, everybody stopped for a moment to take notice of this newcomer. Songs from the film, such as Chappa Chappa Charkha Chale and Chhod Aayein Hum Woh Galiyan, still linger on our lips.
He did everything out of the box thereafter- he brought Shakespeare to Indian screens with purely Indian sensibilities, he reinvented female characters by writing strong, resilient roles, he brought out the actors in 'stars' like Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor and he, teaming up with Gulzar for almost each of his project, gave us some of the best songs.
A brilliant filmmaker would be brilliant while working in any filmmaking format. And this short film directed by Bhardwaj for a cause of raising awareness about HIV, proves the statement. The short film Blood Brothers has all the traits of cinematic brilliance.
Blood Brothers, produced by the Bill Gates Foundation, is a part of a series of films made by the foundation to create awareness about HIV. The other films were made by Mira Nair, Farhan Akhtar and Santosh Sivan. Based on the story written by Matthew Robbins, the film weaves together the stories of two people, who share their names, but not the destiny. The film talks more about the perspective towards HIV and in its heartwarming end, gives a message of accepting HIV-AIDS as any other disease and facing it with resilience. Pavan Malhotra and Siddharth, both named Arjun Dutt, get their reports mixed up at the laboratory. The wrong positive report devastates Siddharth's character, who then leaves the house, despaired, with a feeling of irrevocable loss. Later, when he finds out about the mix-up, he feels a moral responsibility towards the Other Arjun, played by Malhotra, to break the truth to him. The film oscillates between the initial trauma and the eventual moral dilemma of Siddharth and the innocuous daily chores filled with vibrancy and happiness of Malhotra's seemingly unaware character.
The film is rich in cinematic elements and uses words only when necessary. Pankaj Kapoor appears as the whimsical doctor Bhootnath, who picks up Siddharth off the road to treat him. He brightens the screen with his witty dialogues like, when he asks Siddharth whether he drinks or not and then jovially replies without waiting for an answer, "Piyaa Karo, badi kamaal ki cheez hoti hain!" ("Do drink. Alcohol is a wonderful thing!)
Don't miss this gem of a film and let us know how you like it!
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