Monday, March 14, 2011

Raging storm versus silent wing

Shakti:: This film interests me for several reasons. It brought the two greatest artist-stars together in an explosive face-off as father and son. Amitabh played the role in the film which Dilip had played in Gunga Jamuna, and Dilip playing the de-glamoruised role of a good police officer. For Amit, it was a role he knew by heart -- the angry young rebel. But the class of Dilip Kumar completely overshadowed the young superstar at a time when he was ruling the celluloid world. The script in this film completely backed Amit, but class was on Dilip's side. But that was enough. The film left Amitabh's fans wishing he had never done this film, though the role he had in it was the one that he had patented in film after film while Dilip's role never had any potential for audience sympathy. But audience left cinema halls wondering what had hit Amitabh. He was so completely overshadowed in scene after scene. Even a dying Amit could not re-invoke the charisma of Sholay or Deewar for one simple reason: the other man in the frame was a genius whose class did not require any loud dialogues. Silence was all that he needed. If you want to really know what Dilip’s class in this film meant, just remember that Amitabh was and is still regarded -- rightly so -- as the most powerful dynamo of acting talent. But think of this film, and you immediately realise that high profile theatricals are no match for underplayed intensity. No aspersions on Amit. He would be the first one to grant that he was completely outplayed by a superior master. Having said, Amitbah's class still remains unquestioned by masses and classes alike-- and he deserves all of it. (See link)

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