JUST ANNOUNCED: NOMINEE FOR BEST FEATURE AT 2009 ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS!
"FOUR STARS! TERRIFIC!"
"A most compelling take on the real victims of war." - Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Sivan's camera captures the seasons and mood of the Kashmir Valley like never before!" - Economic Times
"It mesmerizes you with it's simplicity!" - Dear Cinema
"AN EXQUISITELY SHOT, WONDERFULLY PERFORMED WORK OF ART!" - Masala.com
"PURAV BHANDARE (TAHAAN) IS PURE GENIUS!" - Bollywood Trade News
"A+! ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FILMS OF THE YEAR!" - Hindi Film Review
"BRILLIANT CINEMA! A VISUAL POEM!" - The Hindu
"FOUR STARS! A MUST WATCH!" - Rediff
TAHAAN Live Action, India, Santosh Sivan, 105 minutes
Recommended for ages 8 to adult
Tahaan, from award-winning, internationally-renowned director Santosh Sivan (The Terrorist, Before the Rains), is a stunningly shot, fable-like story set in scenic but strife-ridden Kashmir. The conflict is used as a backdrop for the story of an eight-year-old boy, Tahaan, who tries to gain back his beloved pet donkey that has been sold along with his family's possessions to pay the family debt. With his father missing in action for three years, Tahaan lives with his older sister, his loving, parable-telling grandfather, and mute mother, but is left more or less on his own to wander village and countryside, navigate border checkpoints, and negotiate with merchants and money lenders in an effort to regain his lost pet. More than a war movie, this is a film about striving, finding life-purpose, and, finally, of right and wrong — as Tahaan is recruited by a young militant to throw a grenade into an army compound, building to a heart-thumping final scene.
Like Sivan's earlier films, Tahaan is told with warmth, humor and simple honesty, while his gorgeous cinematography offers breathtaking views of Kashmir's snow-covered mountain passes and shimmering lakes. A recurring encounter with a group of mystic Sufi singers contributes to the atmosphere and provides a compellingly exotic musical bed.
Excerpt from the Masala.com review:
An exquisitely shot, wonderfully performed work of art! You can actually smell the spices from a slow-burning chulha as they cook up an ambrosial aroma that permeates the greenest valley this side of Frank Capra. Like Capra, Sivan believes in the inherent goodness of the soul in his characters. There are no bad guys in Tahaan, not even the militants whose guns boom intermittently in the poetic tranquility of Sivan's Kashmir, as little Tahaan uses all his innocent skills to hold on to his best friend in the world — a donkey. This is the innocent, uncorrupted territory that Satyajit Ray travelled with little Apu 50 years ago. Tahaan's experiences convey the magic of poetic revelations on life as layer after layer, the bittersweet nuances of the quirky experiences on the lowest level of existence come flickering to life. The actors nurture the tender tale with their supple and subtle expressions of artless candor in a world of roses that guns have sneaked into. Tahaan is not your big, booming terrorist entertainer like A Wednesday. Nor is it your carefully crafted, sensitively pitched treatise on terrorism like Mumbai Meri Jaan. Its appeal is far more profound and intangible. The fable is a playground for Sivan's tender-most thoughts on nature and the quality of the human touch.
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