निःशब्द (Nishabd)

One thing I do not understand is why is this movie called Nishabd (wordless!). Nobody is Nishabd in the movie. If at all, everybody speaks a bit too much. Given the kind of socially absurd situation it was, a more subtle treatment was required. The very first mistake is obvious in the beginning of the movie – that it has been presented as a flash back with what had happened revealed in the very beginning. Now of course, you have heard what the movie is about before you went there, but it is the treatment of the subject that still arouses curiosity. And that treatment is lousy, at best. Coming back to Nishabd, the 60 years old man and 18 years young woman express their love to each other, the 18 years young woman tells this to her wannabe lover, the 18 years young daughter of the 60 years old man gets to know about the couple and tell her maternal uncle, who, in turn, talks to the 60 years old man; and our 60 years old man himself tells his old wife (do not know her age)! And if that was not sufficient, Mr. Bachchan gets to take a whole psychology class around why this could happen while telling his story to his brother in law. And then you call it Nishabd!!

Where was the internal struggle in the 60 years old man that such a situation should produce? Nowhere. He possibly feels bad about his wife and daughter, but certainly not guilty. And has comfortably settled down in his life with the memories of the 18 years young woman! I am not saying that it should end with everyone settling down well in their old pattern of life, but there should have been more anxiety in the situation that emerged.

In terms of drama, the only thing saved till the end is that Big B decides not to die after all. But that adds no value!

Another stupid thing was the use of age old jokes by the 18 years old (oops! young) woman, supposedly to project her as witty, different, crazy, whatever (ek haathi ped par chadh gaya to kya hoga, do haathi ped par chhadh gaye to kya hoga and that silly “door se dekha to…”). One should have thought something more original to project all those qualities.

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Jaya Jha is an entrepreneur, a techie, a writer and a poet. She was born and brought up in various towns of Bihar and Jharkhand. A graduate of IIT Kanpur and IIM Lucknow, she realized early on that the corporate world was not her cup of tea. In 2008, she started Pothi.com, one of the first print-on-demand publishing platform in India. She currently lives in Bangalore and divides her time between writing and working on her company's latest product InstaScribe (http://instascribe.com) with a vision to make it the best e-book creation tool. Blog: https://jayajha.wordpress.com Twitter: @jayajha Facebook: http://facebook.com/MovingOnTheBook

6 thoughts on “निःशब्द (Nishabd)

  1. Reverse thinking of “ek choti si love story” thats all… our film makers showing some expamplse of western culture which has been happening in india now a days and injecting to our culture.. like “kabi alvida na kahana,nishabd,

  2. Yet to watch the movie, but a similar theme was taken in another movie Joggers Park – A wonderful movie. This movie portrays what Jaya expects-“there should have been more anxiety in the situation that emerged.” If you get time, watch it.

  3. dear Jaya,
    ur blogs eventhough I am not that comp.savy was interesting..I am 59 yrs now,I like to pack my bags and be away from this”doberman” position at home and start writing my travel experiences!!! Reason my grown up kids are teaching me philosophy and killing my dignity!!I do hold a valid UK/US visa but which countries in particular can be explored with not a deep hole in pocket? can u be more specific to do my homework be4 I venture 4forward!!!My late mother ‘Jaya” was the cause to interact with you in this blog!!!!thanks .

  4. Only thing I can say about this movie is that it is stupid and botched up attempt just to en cash the controversy around the subject. Everybody knows about our so called moral police brigade who will try to derail anything different which might “corrupt” our social fabric. So why attempt to do it? Nishabd is a poor cousin of the classic Lolita. My point is, if you can’t be faithful to the original concept while remaking, then don’t touch it.

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