Out Of Theatre


Out Of Theatre
15 Sep, 2017 1 hr 29 mins U
Dolly Ahluwalia, Bidita Bag, Raghubir Yadav, Virendra Saxena, Brijendra Kala, Furqan Merchant
A conservative father is scared that his son, a gifted singer, will turn into a non-believer because of music.

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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Story: Rabbi (Furqan Merchant) is a naturally talented singer living in Jammu. There is nothing else he can do well in life besides sing. His father (Raghubir Yadav), a lowly peon in government service is perpetually angry with his son for paying so much attention to the arts. The fact that he is a conservative Muslim doesn't help matters either. As Rabbi fights his father's strict attitude, his cousin Aafia is the only one who sole support system. He falls in love with her, and, as is common practice in his community, wants to marry her. But his immediate goal is to go to Mumbai and become a singer. With all of this going on, tragedy strikes the young man's family and it is found that his father doesn't have much longer to live. In a weak moment, Rabbi does something foolish and ends up in a real mess, and life's prospects now seem bleak for him.

Review: There have been movies like 'Khuda Kay Liye' which has addressed the subject of whether music is banned in Islam or not. But along with a good story, they've had superior music, which is not the strength of 'Rabbi'. It's strength is it's kitchen sink realism. The tough times that a family faces, and how they use religion as a crutch to traverse through the bleakness is what's interesting in the film.

The acting by Raghubir Yadav, where he transforms from being an angry, fanatic father to a man who grudgingly accepts his faith, is commendable. Same holds for Dolly Ahluwalia who plays Raghubir's wife. The most poignant scene is when Raghubir's character, when faced with his mortality, keeps his fanaticism aside and takes his wife out for a movie. That's the only achingly beautiful in the entire movie and one that really stands out. The film is written more like a short story, and feels shorter still with all the songs. Furqan as a young naive small-town boy is believable. Bidita Bag, too, does a god job but you hope her character had more to do. In the end, you're left with what seems to be a well written short story executed in an amateur fashion.

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