Passion, pain, agony, suffering and a heart breaking climax have been the stand out features of Vishal Bhardwaj’s love stories. Whether it be the bold and violent Maqbool or the political and malignant Omkara, Vishal Bhardwaj’s love stories have never been known to end on a jolly note. In today’s journey we discuss more on Mr. Bhardwaj’s direction, characterization and story lines when it comes to romantic flicks.
The Deep and Dark Passion
The burning desire of living and dying together has always been the special spark of a Bhardwaj special love story. His films ensure that the lead pair always carry a soaring high passion and blind trust chemistry between each other. In his unconventional Shakespearean love stories, the initial deep rooted passion has been a major driving force to a violent, heart breaking yet classic climax.
Ranging from that of Tabu and Irrfan Khan in Maqbool to Priyanka Chopra’s for her seven husbands in 7 Khoon Maaf, passion has been one of Vishal Bhardwaj’s finest tools at his disposal to make his love stories what they are. Thus, passion is the first 2 Tier AC coach of our train journey of the day.
Locations and Culture : Corners of India
Vishal Bhardwaj has always been a man of the Indian villages. Simple and subtle sets that make sure your entire attention is drawn towards highly volatile story line and charismatic acting. While Ishqiya featured the rural sector of Gorakhpur, Omakara gave a glimpse of Rajasthan, Haider of Kashmir and Matru of Haryana, the director’s love for exploring different locations has been one selling point for his films.
Some may term it as an attempt to attract regional crowds, but the art of painting a romantic masterpiece in any state of India is another feature of Mr. Bharadwaj’s direction. With Rangoon all set to explore the North Eastern frontiers of India, lets hope his zest to explore different locations takes Vishal Bhardwaj’s latest, Rangoon to the heights Omkara and Ishqiya have achieved. Locations queue up as the first 3 Tier AC coach of Vishal bhardwaj’s Love Story Express.
Betrayal and Treachery : The Turning Point
The trailer of Rangoon highlights three words; love, war and deceit. What is Shakespeare without treachery ? The same questions applies to Vishal Bhardwaj’s eventful and nervy romance films. Whatever the end may be, pleasant as in Ishqiya or a massacre as in Maqbool, the mid story “baimaani” is a quality trademark of Bollywood’s desi badass director.
We saw Saif Ali Khan betray Ajay Devgan in Omkara, Priyanka kill her husbands in 7 Khoon Maaf and Irrfan kill Pankaj Kapur in Maqbool. This art of back stabbing and betrayal has been the table turning points in all of the directors love stories, successful or unsuccessful. Treachery and betrayal add up as the first 1st AC coach of the train of the day.
Characterization : Light, Efficient and Bold
He has never been a fans of the big names and his films casting line up says it all. Vishal Bhardwaj has always kept his casting simple and made sure their talents are effectively utilized to suit his screenplay. Haider featured Shahid Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead with Tabu and Kay Kay Menon in the supporting cast and three out of these four went onto win Filmfares for their acting heroics.
Loud roles and too much of showbiz has never been Bhardwaj’s style. Going into Rangoon with his tried and tested combination of Shahid and Saif with the addition of Kangana Ranaut proves Rangoon is no different from his earlier films. Characterization is the next 2 Tier AC in today’s train.
Hard Hitting Dialogues
Omkara, Maqbool, ishqiya and Haider might have been great films, but without their deadly combination badass and poetic dialogues these films have would not have earned the honour they did. Being a decorated and qualified hindi film screenwriter Vishal Bhardwaj has always braced his films with some cheeky and sparky dialogues.
“Aag ke liye paani ka darr bana rehna chahiye” – Maqbool
“Tu toh bewakoof haiga..chutiya toh aadmi shaadi ke baad hove hai” – Omkara
While Maqbool’s wordings gave away a sigh of dark romance, Omkara gave the tangy and sassy “desi” double meaning slang that won over audiences in a jiffy. While “Chutiyam Sulphate” and “Chutzpah” earned whistles his poetic couplets in Haider and 7 Khoon Maaf were widely credited.
“Jise tairna aata ho use doobke aatmahatya ki koshish nai karni chahiye” – 7 Khoon Maaf
“Paisa kamaane ke do raaste hote hai..ek shortcut..aur ek doosra shortcut” – Kaminey
Rangoon in its 3 minute trailer does give of the thrills of some brilliant dialogues and scenes , but the director’s name has set high hopes on the films dialogues. As our journey for Rangoon gets prepped up, we have Vishal Bhardwaj’s dialogues be the 1st AC cum 2nd Tier compartment of the train.
“Pehle bhi dekha hai ishq mein andha baawla hote, par chutiya pehli baar dekh riya hu main” – Ishqiya
Music: The Tune is always the Soul
Sassy poetry and bold voices with melodious low pitched music is what one can best use to describe Vishal Bhardwaj’s music. Over exposure to his wife, Rekha Bhardwaj’s sensational voice with chip ins from Sukhwinder Singh and other fine music talents, Mr. Bhardwaj knows his music and how to use it to set the film’s tone.
Popularizing his title tracks even before film releases, romantic tracks of Vishal Bhardwaj’s music direction are special. “Beedi Jalaile” (Omkara), “Darling” (7 Khoon Maaf), “Bismil” (Haider) and “Dil toh bacha hai ji” (Ishqiya) have been the standouts of his musical gallery. “Mere miya Gaye England” and “Ye Ishq Hai” are already making headlines as the film preps for release. Music adds to the next 2 Tier AC of our train.
The Downfall : All’s Well That End’s Well…Not Really
Some may call him a pesimist while I call him an genius of constructing declines and tragedies. Bhardwaj is not a fan of happy endings and even though a few of his love affairs like Kaminey and Ishqiya may have overpowered his art of directing romantic tragedies, Haider, Omakara, 7 Khoon Maaf are much more loved for portraying rapid downfalls and elimination of the protagonist.
The ending scene in Bhardwaj’s romantic dramas has always been the winning moment and some of Rangoon’s scenes do give us a hint of another exceptional romantic tragedy. Hence, the last coach of this train adds as the next 2 Tier AC coach in Vishal Bhardwaj’s romance train.