Duration: 90 minutes
India Release Date: 25-MAY-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.5 on 5
A woman meets her dead father’s old friend, who was the operator of a Bioscope show that she loved in her childhood. Connecting India and Afghanistan, a story of love and cinema unfolds.
First time director Deb Medhekar’s Bioscopewala is a loose adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s fabled Kabuliwala. It is a sweet film that weaves a story of human suffering cutting across national boundaries. It is the story of Rehmat Khan (Danny Denzongpa) who depends upon his bioscope for livelihood and emotional sustenance. Having lost his makeshift cinema hall in his small Afghan village in a vicious attack by Taliban militants, he lugs around the contraption, chased by children clamouring for a view. Danny Denzongpa’s Performance Is First-Rate In this Well-Crafted Sparkling Little Gem. The supporting cast is effective too. Adil Hussain, Tisca Chopra, Brijendra Kala and Ekavali Khanna do full justice to their significant cameos, adding to the tapestry that Bioscopewala creates in its attempt to capture, and transmit, the humanist core of the Tagore story. The film scores not only for some solid, believable, role plays by Danny and Thapa, but also because of the way cinematographer Rafey Mehmood’s camera deliciously captures Kolkata and Kabul. Medhekar, in a script co-written with Radhika Anand, secretes tenderness and empathy in every frame. Every moment is magical, every teardrop worth treasuring. Here is a film that is as beautiful in feeling as it is in appearance.
Bioscopewala is a sweet film to watch that will bring back your memories of your carefree childhood. Watch it for Danny’s powerful performance.
Ratings: 3.5 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 3.5 on 5
Screenplay: 3 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3 on 5