‘Awāra’ is a story about unconditional love, trust, forgiveness, frailty and loss. It’s a story about relationships, prejudice and the factors which determine who we are and what we become. It’s about self-discovery, human empathy, physical attraction and need. It’s also a story about sacrifice, survival and second chances. It’s a great story for a movie, but more than that, it’s told with a lot of class and grace. And the acting is marvellous. I am notoriously easy to please, but I truly think this film is special – I think it’s a slice of cinematic magic.
0.01.50 I love the boy and dog in the credits… there’s just something about it.
0.04.23 Eeee feelolo… this judge guy really feels like he’s all that and a big fat bag of chips…
0.11.41 This song is quite scary but good.
0.12.18 I love the way her expression betrays her discomfort but not in a prolonged or over-dramatic way.
0.16.46 Eeyah Jagga… what’s the point of all the bitterness? Let it go…
0.19.32 I love the way the music is linked to the light…
0.19.51 Such effortless intimacy… but I rather think he should be catering to his wife who’s just undergone severe trauma, not the other way around. Sigh.
0.20.53 You should have told him why you asked, Leela – gosh now he’s going to start getting foolish ideas… I guess this is a pointer to the fact that Leela really knows Raghu and already has an insight into what he might start thinking...
0.21.11 Gerrout, you dis judge! How selfish can you get?
0.23.15 What a sour old witch… but I guess it’s not really her fault that societies are indoctrinated with such prejudicial ideas surrounding female ‘chastity’. So unfair.
0.26.19 Why are some women so mean and evil to other women? Eeuw…
0.27.29 Raghu, you are a weak, pathetic excuse for a man. What’s wrong with you?
0.28.07 I know nothing about the technicalities of film-making, but I love RK’s technique – the use of lighting and sound effects…
0.33.17 Great dialogue. I guess the moral of this is that a boy needs some male influence in his life.
0.34.43 Oh hey ho what fun – to go around bursting balloons on your birthday. This little girl seems a bit strange – I like her.
0.37.31 Raghu, even with all your education, can’t you be a little open-minded? Just goes to show that it’s not about one’s level of education…
0.37.37 Exac-atac-ly Raghu, must you?
0.38.45 Wow, I love this…
0.39.33 Poor little boy… he’s your thoroughly undeserving father.
0.44.09 I love everything about this scene, from the dialogue, to the grimness, to the acting, to the melodrama, to the way it’s been shot.
0.50.35 ‘Awāra hoon’ – I like this song and the fun Chaplin-esque picturisation – but it’s sad.
0.53.41 And ‘shaabash’ to you too Jaggu, for trying to destroy an innocent child’s life in pursuit of your cheap, sick and twisted revenge agenda.
0.57.24 So there’s another ‘Ek, Do, Teen’ besides the Madhuri number. I like this one. Very fifties (naturally).
1.03.43 Oya o, e don do… give the lady back her purse.
1.11.50 I am really liking the dialogues in this film – very well-written. If I can appreciate them through English subtitles, I can only imagine how good they are in Hindi.
1.13.20 RK was really painstaking and artistic in the way he lined up his shots – very interesting to see in a movie this old. The new kids on the block could learn a thing or two from him.
1.13.30 It’s interesting to see Nargis playing this polished, put-together, upper-class chick; I last saw her playing a simple, uneducated village maiden. Both roles she played to perfection.
1.14.14 I also think she was just so gorgeous.
1.14.28 This scene is so natural, you can really ‘feel’ the characters. Lovely.
1.16.41 That is just so cute – the little sub-scene with the servant. I just love the attention to detail in this film.
1.19.38 I love that gleam in her eye, like she’s got a secret and she’s only telling half of it.
1.20.34 Wow, that simple gesture expresses so much, yet looks so unpractised.
1.20.37 Another wonderfully-framed shot.
1.22.29 Trés sassy.
1.22.40 It strikes me that most of RK’s acting is communicated through his eyes. I feel like I could just cover up the rest of his face and still ‘get’ the core of what his character is feeling just through those two windows.
1.22.46 Very natural, and so sensuous.
1.23.34 Whoa, it was fun and flirtatiousness just a second ago – now it’s all slaps and recriminations… eeuw… Raj, shame on you for taking out your guilt on her.
1.23.38 You’ve got to admire RK’s artistic eye.
1.25.09 Again, I have to comment on the sheer quality of the dialogues.
1.27.25 Now that is a beautiful, expressive face – for me Nargis is one of the most beautiful actresses ever.
1.29.15 I love the lyrics of this song – the tune is great too. And I love the look in their eyes – I love how RK seems to be basking in the reflected light of Nargis’ eyes… great picturization.
1.35.27 This Jagga is a jagajaga man
1.40.19 I am just thinking of the fact that this was made in the early 50s – it couldn’t have been easy to put this all together – and with such finesse too. Shows that Bollywood has a really distinguished heritage.
1.48.49 Oh dear, now all the sadness comes…
2.01.57 Oh how delightfully upper-crust. No wonder Raj feels under pressure.
2.04.52 I’m crushed for Rita and Raj.
2.06.54 This lady looks caucasian - and the item-number girl did as well. Helen had the same look in her heyday - so they liked item girls with pale skin I guess... interesting.
2.09.53 I love the use of music in this film – it’s obvious RK loved music… and the songs fit into the film so well.
2.11.57 Okunrin yii, o fine gaan.
2.14.33 These two are so beautiful together. They have such great chemistry. 'Real life' couples don't always work on the big-screen - these two so totally did.
2.15.31 Now that’s love… props to you Rita… you’re a true friend. If it were me, I can’t say I’d do the same.
2.17.02 I think this would be a tough scene to do with your real-life father. These two do so great with it, but it’s a painful scene to watch.
2.21.02 Ironic that this man who’s had such a hugely negative influence on Raj’s life isn’t even known to his mother.
2.24.31 Oh no…
2.29.48 You are ashamed eh, you dis nonsense man! I don’t blame you.
2.31.01 Great acting by RK – I can really feel his pain and frustration.
2.33.07 How can you possibly understand, you silly judge, when you have no true concept of love?
2.35.02 Again, I love the dialogues.
2.36.55 All I can say is ‘wow’… brilliance all round.
2.42.57 Oh no, they’ve gone and made me cry…
2.44.21 Beautiful woman.
2.45.20 I think I’m in love with the late Raj Kapoor now… those eyes, that intensity and charm… interesting how it all seems to be a family trait… have to find me some more of his films now…
2.47.07 Oh wow… be still my throbbing heart. Great ending.
I’ve loved this movie… for me, it’s pretty darned close to perfect… I love absolutely everything about it – the script, the lessons in the story, the characters, the acting, the music, the technical brilliance. Everything. It is heavy fare though, so hopefully, the next liveblog (should there be one) will be all fun and candy floss…