A still from Ankhon Dekhi.
Brijendra Kala also features in Rajat Kapoor's Ankhon Dekhi.
Rajat Kapoor and Sanjai Mishra in Ankhon Dekhi.
Sanjai Mishra on the sets of Ankhon Dekhi.
Sanjai Mishra plays the protagonist in Ankhon Dekhi.
Film: Ankhon Dekhi
Direction: Rajat Kapoor
Actors: Sanjai Mishra, Seema Pahwa, Rajat Kapoor
Ankhon Dekhi is a delicate and delightful film about invisible people — those ordinary folk you pass on the street but rarely pay attention to. Writer-director Rajat Kapoor finds beauty and richness in their lives.
He constructs a keenly observed portrait of a lower-middle class family in Delhi, how the centre slowly frays and falls apart. But the film ends on a note that is beguiling and entirely apt for a director whose gurus are Kumar Shahani and Mani Kaul.
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Ankhon Dekhi centres around Raje Bauji, played by Sanjay Mishra who, after a dramatic incident, decides that he will only believe what he sees with his eyes.This leads to a series of bewildering situations, including Raje Bauji at the zoo, goading a tiger to roar so he can confirm that tigers roar.
The performances by Sanjay and Seema Pahwa, who plays his harassed wife, are wonderful. Rajat, who also plays a pivotal role in the film, tells their story with tenderness and affection. Sadly, the narrative meanders in the second half — the plot becomes increasingly random and farfetched. But eventually, the strands come together with such a heave of emotion that I found myself wiping away tears.
Ankhon Dekhi is a lovely respite from the formulaic fare that clutters our multiplexes week after week. Make time for it.