Review of Thar: The Place is the real hero of this Anil Kapoor film, Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor
Thar has many elements that catch our eye: a small base in a border town, a mysterious stranger, several police officers, and a number of bodies bleeding from life, decaying and dying.
But it's one of those films where the backdrop is a real hero - a "marusthal" (desert) who stretches as far as the eye can see, crumbling walls, hollow trees that cast a little shadow, irresistible, austere beauty.
This dazzling scene and terrifying soundstage becomes a place of 'bawandar' (storm), as imagined by the protagonist, who blows everything away as he ascends.
These views and sounds of Tharu remain in me, even though I am skeptical of some of them.
This film would be called spaghetti western when Sholay (1975) was released.
The filmmakers know how much Thar, set in 1985, reminds us of OG desi western - the balcony that a woman looks at, the blazing desert lights, the armed men riding horses and the violin.
If we lose sight of it, Inspector Surekha Singh (Anil Kapoor), who would like to explain this, asks her voice if it's not about the evil Gabbar, but maybe Jai and Veera, or even Basanti, oh, you know. , Ramlal?
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