Director: Rajkumar Gupta
Producer: Ronnie Screwvala
Production Designer: Wasiq Khan
I just watched this movie Amir yesterday . I did not know what to expect as my friend told me a it was a short exceptional and hard hitting story that really leaves you thinking ,does that sort of thing happen in bombay.
I like the way the movie starts , something totally different this Indian returned doctor from london has just landed in mumbai airport and , try’s to ring his home froma a payphone booth to find out why no one has come to pick him up at the airport , and suddenly these 2 rough looking guys on a motorbike stop right in front of him and chucks a mobile at him and the mobile starts to ring , thus the story starts. And the story leads to many a twist and turn and unreveals itself . The suburb of dongri is potrayed very realistically in the poverty and dirt thats present in this suburb and th reality of the people living there.
I haven’t seen such a rush even for big budget films in recent times and this is a low-budget film (made in just Rs 5 crore but some say half the amount and director says budget was Rs 20 million.) It has a first time director (RajKumar Gupta), a first time leading man (Rajeev Khandelwal, TV Star) as well as a first time cinematographer (Alphonse Roy) and a first time music director (Amit Trivedi). All brilliant. There have been accusations that the film has been inspired by the Filipino film Cavite, but well, I don’t know as I haven’t seen Cavite. All I know is that this film was shot entirely in Mumbai and tackled issues that concern us in India.
Aamir is a man-on-the-run thriller revolving around the eponymous London-based doctor’s visit to his family in India.
Geographically, Aamir’s maze is set in the Muslim dominated streets and residential pockets of Old Bombay. In its lanes and crowded alleys, cheap restaurants and lodges, amongst nameless pimps and whores, run-down buildings and packed markets, Aamir is made to confront the life he has lived, the ‘choices’ he has made, his dreams, his loves and his immediate fears.
Through the course of a day, lost in the streets of Mumbai, the question remains – do you choose your destiny, or does destiny choose you?
Does Aamir choose to be a follower or does he rise to become a leader?
1. Murtuza-Qadir,Amitabh & Amit Trivedi – Ha Raham (Mehfuz)
2. Amit Trivedi – Chakkar Ghumyo
3. Amit Trivedi – Haara
4. Neuman Pinto – Phas Gaya (Never Mind)
5. Shilpa Rao & Amitabh – Ek Lau
6. Marianne D’Cruz Aiman & Jeetendra Thakur (Solo Violonist) – Climax Theme
7. Khuda Kay Liye – Allah Hoo
8. Kailasa – Dilruba
9. Khuda Kay Liye – Bandya
10. Jhoomo Re – Chaap Tilak