Satyam Shots : Testimony in Imaan Dharam

One of Salim-Javed’s more interesting though messy scripts which is additionally placed at the service of a patchy narrative. The central axis of the film involves a male ‘couple’ (Bachchan and Shashi) that sells ‘testimony’ for a living on the one hand and a Christ-like figure (Sanjeev Kumar) on the other. In one instance those who engage in ‘false witness’ on a daily basis, in the other a figure who believes ‘truth shall free’ all. Framed yet differently the tussle here is between a notion of truth that depends on ‘narrativity’ and one that transcends all such concerns.

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~ by Yakuza on January 10, 2010.

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