Movie review: Jahnu Barua's Ajeyo gives man's indefatigable spirit a new meaning
Assamese filmmaker Jahnu Barua's film is not about war or peace. Neither is it strictly a revolutionary film. At its heart, Ajeyo is one of those sane voices we yearn to hear when confronted with the society's ills.
At a time when communalism has started rearing its ugly fangs with alarming regularity all over India, Assamese storyteller Jahnu Barua's Ajeyo (InvincibIe) is just the kind of film we needed to restore sanity, and to believe in the cardinal truth: that nothing can ever defeat the spirit of the human mind.
On the face of it, the 117 minute-long film follows Gojen Keot (Rupam Chetia), a high school dropout waging a war against the religious/social disparities and stigmas of the society in the pre-independence era. But look deeper and you'd realise that Ajeyo is also about exposing the delicate issues of caste discrimination, child marriage, and Hindus and Muslims living pigeonholed by religion in a small village in Assam.