Film Review: Ankhon Dekhi – This One Needs A Standing Ovation

Aakhon Dekhi Cover PicSincere, Effective, Sensitive and Straight From The Heart. That’s Rajat Kapoor’s Ankhon Dekhi all about.

Ankhon Dekhi proves that a story simply told will always tough an emotional cord and that’s exactly what this film does. Ankhon Dekhi touches your heart and makes you smile.

Ankhon Dekhi began as an idea about eight to ten years ago, but then Rajat Kapoor struggled to put it into structure, mulling over it for years, looking for an emotional spine in the story. And one day, he figured out a joint family in Delhi’s neighbourhood.

Rajat Kapoor‘s Ankhon Dekhi is a story set in old Delhi. It follows the life of Bauji (Sanjay Mishra) who lives a normal life until one incident changes the way he sees the world and its ways.

Bauji’s daughter is in love with a boy and he gets to know that his son-in-law to be has a terrible reputation. Worried family members reach his doorstep, they abuse him and even hit him but all he does is stands and cries till Bauji interferes. He finds out that the boy is exactly opposite of what he had heard. This is the incident that changes his life and from there he follows the basic principle, Seeing Is Believing.

The story gets interesting as Bauji is always up to something new, which keeps him in the news in his neighbourhood. At one point he stops talking and says that he will only listen to people and gain knowledge.

The humour is very understated and at times brings a tear in your eye. Seeing actors like Sanjay Mishra, Rajat Kapoor, Namit Das, Seema Pahwa and Taranjeet perform is a treat.

Ankhon Dekhi is a display of great teamwork. From Rajat Kapoor‘s writing and direction to Rafey Mehmood‘s cinematography beautifully capturing the narrow lanes of old Delhi. Even Sagar Desai‘s music fits perfectly here. Sanjay Mishra in the lead puts up a great show and Rajat Kapoor as his younger brother is superb.

Ankhon Dekhi is a must watch and I strongly feel that more filmmakers need to encouraged to make such beautiful cinema.

Raiting: *** 1/2