Pinjar (2003)

By The Gorgeous Palah Chingu

I watched this film like a month ago with ruby. This is not a cliche and shallow love story. This is a story of survival and courage of a girl named Purro and how her fate tangled with a man named Rashid. Heed my warning, there is no lovey dovey bollywood scene (except songs, yup, they still have them) can be found in this film. This film is based on a novel written by Amrita Pritam.

Pinjar_film_poster  MY RATING: 4/5

Why i liked this film:

The time setting for this film was during the partition of India and Pakistan. Isnt that intriguing to learn about the biggest human movement ever occurred in the world? well, i am intrigued. I dont know about you guys. The girl was being raped. The Boy raped her because of a family feud (you know the usual, revenge, settled the old score, etc…). There are 3 aspects of the film that i like: 

The first aspect is the stars of the film itself. Urmilla matondkar and Manoj Bajpai was the casts in this film. I know right away this was no ordinary bollywood film.

mw8x8h Dont let me start with Urmilla, she’s insanely good actress. i still remember how she portrayed being a psychotic bitch and an evil-possessed girl in her other’s film. She’s delivered her performance greatly on screen.

pinjar10 The Hero, Manoj fucking Bajpai (sorry for an exaggeration of saying his name) , Oh my god, he’s a villain in every single Bollywood movie. How can he portrayed a good guy (let alone a hero) in this film (yeah, he raped the girl, but he repented and try to redeem his behavior back, so what? its my fucking right to considered him as a good guy). There you go, the first reason why i liked this film was the hero and heroine in the film itself.

The second aspect is How you can gain and lose anything in any moment. For Purro (heroine), she lose her own family right after the incident but in the same time, gain Rashid (hero) as her new family afterwards. Life has its own way to turn our destiny, apparently. After few days being held captive by Rashid, she tried to escape from him and went back to her family. It was a heartbreaking moment to see her parents disowned her just like that.

Puro with her family

She was not welcomed at home and has been told to return to her husband as she not belong there anymore. Can you believe it? I know her parents made a wise decision to save other children from facing the same fate as purro as they were being threatened by rashid’s family. Still, i found it hard to accept such decision. If I was Purro, i would asked sobbingly to my parents this questions “Was i not your daughter too?” “Am i being alive was not worth anything to you?” I dont know how Purro felt at that time, but if i was her, i am sure as hell felt betrayed.

After being disowned by her own family, Rashid fetched her and they went back to his home. Rashid felt bad and decided to treat Purro better. Rashid being kind hearted and attend to every Purro’s needs. (That’s the least you could do after you raped her). while watching scene after scene how good rashid to purro, i am hypnotizing myself and constantly mumbling that ‘there is no way man like rashid exists and you must stop being delusional palah’.

The third aspect is how one event can turned your life upside down. After being abducted and raped, Purro lost her previous life completely. She lost her innocence, cheerfulness, family,  fiance, and even her own identity. Her whole life was shattered to pieces by one act. The question was how she survived the calamity fell upon her and continued on living as Rashid’s wife.

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She’s accepted the act as part of her fate and decided not to hang on her past anymore. She even chose Rashid over her family at the end of this film as she knew she could not betrayed rashid *SORRY, this is a spoiler. Rashid has been part of her life and she didnt had a heart to abandon rashid (even Rashid allowed her to do so). She knew the pain of abandonment by the loved ones and to do that to Rashid would be wrong.

My Minor Criticisms:

1) Rashid was too nice. like i said. there was no way in hell, such man existed.
2) The fate that Purro’s brother try to search her like crazy but when his own wife has been abducted, he didnt even care to find his wife.
3) The fact that purro’s fiancee still waiting for her even knowing she’s being held somewhere and might not come back at all.
4) Maybe, i am just too bitter to accept all of this as a part of film.

p/s: Can somebody find me this novel?

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