1971 Just Became A Superhit, 13 Years After Its Release
- 3 years ago
1971 was a 2007 directorial movie debut by Amrit Sagar. Set against the backdrop of the 1971 India-Pakistan war for Bangladesh’s independence from West Pakistan, the film went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi at the 55th National Film Awards.
However, not many know that this riveting tale about the lives of Indian Prisoners of War (PoW) in Pakistan existed in the film domain because it failed to publicize itself well enough around the time of its release.
But those who watched the movie, swore by it. Right from the screenplay, to the background score and performances, viewers hailed this as the next war-drama with the might to topple major front-runners in the domain.
Today, 13 years later after it’s release, 1971 is being declared a digital blockbuster because of its true to life representations of life and times of the 54 PoWs that the Pakistani government not only illegally detained, but also denied the very existence of.
Here are 4 major reasons why 1971 is a superhit today, and ought to have been 13 years ago as well.
1971 is based on the lives of real Prisoners of War (PoW) who were detained in Pakistan after the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war which was fought to establish a new country, Bangladesh. The film not only uncovers how cunningly the Pakistani government manipulated the situation of withholding Indian PoW in its territory but also tries to throw light on the plight of the Indian defense personnel held in Pakistan for the country’s twisted reasons.
Based on real reportage and research about 54 PoWs held captive in Pakistani jails in dire circumstances, 1971 shares these detained soldiers’ stories established through multiple, real sources.
The Reliable Cast
One of the best aspects about this film has to be its strong ensemble cast which has trusted actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Deepak Dobriyal, Piyush Mishra, Manav Kaul, Ravi Kishan, and Kumud Mishra in the forefront. Apart from Manoj Bajpayee’s convincing performance as the man trying to lead a band of six soldiers away from the clutches of the Pakistani army and back into their motherland, Deepak Dobriyal and Ravi Kishan’s performance will win you over.
The authenticity and vigour to see through this personal mission comes through effortlessly through the convincing screenplay by Amrit Sagar and meticulously amazing cinematography by Chirantan Das who has worked on films like Tanu Weds Manu.
The Hard-Hitting Dialogues
We aren’t unaware of Piyush Mishra’s penmanship. One of the film’s highlights happens to be its strong, hard-hitting dialogues which have been written by Mishra himself. With well-worded phrases and poignant references, the dialogues in the film manage to leave the audience teary eyes on more than a couple of occasions.
Piyush Mishra has succeeded in laying bare the true emotions of both the captured Indian soldiers but also presents to his audience the true motives of the Pakistani military.
An Account Of History Now Forgotten
Sagar’s directorial is a visual diary of a historic event that has slowly been pushed to the backseat for most Indians today. More than a decade since its release, 1971 manages to remind us of those forgotten heroes who either gave up their lives in Pakistani prisons or still await their release almost five decades later.
The film manages to store all the details on reel for future generations to remember and for the world to understand how easily some countries give up on humanity for their political gains.