Ahead of Dasehra, which celebrates the triumph of good over evil, actors have shared their favourite films that define the theme of the festival.
The Bandhan continues
For veteran actress Himani Shivpuri, it’s the 1998 film Salman Khan-starrer Bandhan.
“Bandhan is easily one of my favourites as the title itself talks of eternal bonds. It is an excellent example of a movie that shows truth always prevails. For all those have not seen this movie, the premise of the story was how Jackie Shroff’s character falls prey to selfish motives and remarries,” the actress, who also featured in the movie, said.
“During this festive season of Dasehra, this movie acts as a reminder to not fall prey to sinful or wrong thoughts, and resentful actions but instead look for the good in people before it gets too late,” added the actress.
Actor-producer Tusshar Kapoor picks his upcoming film Laxmmi Bomb, starring Akshay Kumar.
“I can’t think of any other film right now about good winning over evil but Laxmmi Bomb. It’s a special film because it is a film about good winning over evil, a film with Indian values, something that everyone will connect with, something that will teach you a lesson, something that will inspire and can bring equality within our society,” he said.
Sense of patriotism
Harleen Sethi went a little back in time to pick her favourite good-over-evil film.
“Rang De Basanti will never be outdated. It encourages the youth to stand up against injustice, sparks a sense of patriotism, and shows collective integrity against moral and political corruption. It forces you to think that letting injustice happen is also a form of injustice. It’s necessary to raise your voice for important issues and not take things lying down,” said the actress about the 2006 film by Rakesh Omprakash Mehra.
All for Simba
For actor Hiten Tejwani, it’s the classic Hollywood film The Lion King that fits the bill.
“I love The Lion King — how Simba goes away and later comes back, and becomes the king,” said the actor.
A sincere effort
Actress Gracy Singh shared the one film that instantly comes to her mind is her 2001 blockbuster release, Lagaan. “The movie truly brought alive the theme of how good triumphs over evil. Burdened by heavy taxes and several years of drought, the farmers of Champaner come together to challenge the British army over a game of cricket, in a bid to stop the lagaan (tax) imposed on them. Their hard work and sincerity pays off in the end. The movie gave out a right message,” said the actress, who starred alongside Aamir Khan in the film.
Mardaani 2 that saw Rani Mukerji in a cop avatar made many believe that good always beats evil. Actress Shamin Mannan thinks so, too. “The way Rani not just arrests, but beats the hell out of that serial rapist is just amazing. Everytime I watch that movie, it gives me goosebumps and the way Rani’s character SP Shivani gives that monologue in an interview talking about what all a woman has to go through, and why it should not be even be compared to men, is just outstanding. Such performances beat everything else. Of course the negative lead has done a good job too, we need more movies like this,” said Shamin.
Actress Saba Saudagar agrees with her. “The reason why I love Mardaani is because I find it very real and very non-filmy.” —IANS