Shahid, his Family, his Emotions
A terrorist is no more than just another victim of terrorism and fear. That is what “Shahid” makes us realise. A movie beautifully made with intricate details of strong emotions. Shahid cries hugging his mother, after he just escaped being killed. Baffled by the lives on fire, he is scared and so are his three brothers. All of them find comfort in their mother’s words.
The movie shifts frame from the terror struck Shahid to a Shahid getting militant training by some so called Jehadis. The message, that how easy targets these youth become to the terrorist groups, is projected with utter ease. Not many of these youth are fortunate to get back to their senses and walk back home like Shahid.
It is needless to say that the movie revolves around Shahid and his innate strength (provided to some extent by Waar Saab, who asks him to trust the system and not become a “jehadi”) that saves him from becoming a terrorist to becoming the one who fights for the weak. At the same time, the Judicial System is projected under a different and positive light. The movie reinforces the faith most of us have in our judiciary.
The detailing of emotion and transition in relationships is what makes the movie stronger. Shahid’s ammi, paints quite a picture of the stereotypical Indian mother. She lies on the door and stops her own son from entering the house to save her other three kids in fear that the rioters may be after him. But, as soon as she sees him, slaps him and cries and screams at him for having left the house, and the very next moment when she sees him scared, she hugs him and comforts him. Hers is the last word when there is a discussion. Her quiet eyes when she awaits her son’s return and her submission to his wishes when he turns up with his newly wedded wife only to tell the rest of the family that he will be staying with her and not with them.
The responsible Indian elder brother, Aarif, who lets his younger one do what he wants and aspire without thinking of his own and shoulders the family’s responsibility. “thak gaya hoon main”, says a frustrated Aarif when Shahid stands with him and looks over the place where he will be shifting with his wife. This is for the first time he breaks down and forces one to reflect that he too had a life of his own which quite never existed.
Mariam, Shahid’s client and later his love, brings to the fore the paradox of a loving couple on screen. As his girlfriend, Mariam asked him to stick to his decision of protecting the weak, but, now that she is his wife is asking him to leave everything. Why this transition? On the other hand it seems justified to Mariam, to be insecure. A divorcee and single mother, on getting married, she never wanted her life to be complex. When she cannot take it any further, she leaves.
Very minor, a few seconds lasting expressions of the characters like Fahim, Zaheer, Waar Saab and Omar grant to the movie an essence strong to keep it different from the crowd. The audacity with which Shahid replies on being threatened, “haan to udaa do mujhe”, reflects his frustration perhaps.
Other than a story of an individual and his travails, Shahid is a story of fickle but strong emotions. It is a 3.5.
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