Director: Subhash Ghai
Make way for the first big disappointment of 2005. After Yaadein, Ghai loses direction yet again in Kisna, his first attempt at period cinema. Reason: Lack of confidence in his own ability as an entertainer. Why did he have to look for inspiration in the success of Lagaan? Why can't Ghai look within and give us another Kalicharan, Karz or Ram Lakhan? In fact, Lagaan is not his only creative influence. There's also the Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon-kind of swordplay, a Muslim social mujra number and a Broadway musical unfolding in some obscure church.
Ghai portrays the most idealistic time in the life of a nation, just before our independence in 1947. But the freedom struggle, its power and pains, make a mere cameo here. Somewhere the rising nationalistic fervour gets mixed up with villainy and the most idealistic individual in the entire story, ironically, turns...