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Bombay Summer – A Lesson in Aesthetics – by Rattan Gujadhur

Dimanche 4 Novembre 2018

Slant magazine's review of Varghese`s movie, criticized Bombay Summer as a movie ‘without consequence, an exercise in fetishizing the city or in filling up the gaps between the classes with startling gloss’, but I saw a wildly different movie.

Varghese dissects a short simple story, to imbue and shine a light on the essence and Artistic value of this city, Mumbai. The aesthetic sensibilities of his direction are stunning. Forget story, show me Mumbai ! 

The village scenes, the silent ruminations of the character of ‘Madan’ (Jatin Goswami), communicating to us the tragedy of today`s youth: Budding artists caught in the net of a materialist crass society, as he tells Geetha and Jaidev, ‘kuch to karna parta hai’ (got to make ends meet).

He, Madan, is an Artist trapped into an Artless insensitive world. A world of money and class, and fake movie posters. They (Jatin and Geetha) are from a different class, seem to live on another cloud dimension, and are shocked by his drug peddling activities. This is true senseless Mumbai. Beauty and ugliness intertwined. 

Some live in 40th floor penthouses, whilst other deliver drugs to them. Varghese is good at showing to us the ‘unifying forces’ of Aesthetics, the beauty of a city eternal, behind which, the drama of life unfolds, rich, poor, high caste, low caste. 

Madan, the artist, has an eye, a depth in vision, for Art, and the beauty of their visit to a 150th year old Haveli, and the eroticism it injects in the life of Geetha and Jatin, are palpable, beautiful, sensible camera works, without false complexity. I disagree with Slant Magazine, and think Varghese produced a flowing quiet little classic.  

Mumbai is a great forest of contrasts, and Varghese recounts how its limitless hues, and Artistic spaces,  in fact matter the most. This is in fact the main aim of his directorship. He paints this vast canvas, and lets his camera flow. The story is a backdrop to the city on which, the vainness of trying to be a writer, trying to earn a living, and trying to fall in love with life, unfolds daily. They are, it seems, thanks to his storytelling charm, to be works of miniscule Ants-like human beings moving slowly on a giant mole hill, especially as it happens in Mumbai.

The city Eternal, the city of contrasts! And the end comes Death !

Distribuor: Big Cinemas
Runtime: 102 min
Rating :NR
Year: 2008
Director: Joseph Matthew Varghese
Screenwriter: Joseph Matthew Varghese
Cast: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Samrat Chakrabarti, Jatin Goswami

A propos de l'auteur : Rattan Gujadhur left Mauritius for higher studies in the US in 1999. He has practiced in the Pharma and Biotech world for over 29 years and is a Dr in Chemistry. He remains deeply in love with Mauritius and has published reminiscences of Mauritius via a poetry collection and a novel 

Bombay Summer – A Lesson in Aesthetics – by Rattan Gujadhur

Rédigé par Rattan Gujadhur le Dimanche 4 Novembre 2018

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