New Delhi: From writing the screenplay of 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron' to directing 'Inkaar', Sudhir Mishra has witnessed a lot of changes around him and the Hindi film industry. Such an arduous journey gets reflected in his films which put limelight on different shades of relationships. A careful look on his filmography reveals his subtle understanding of the changing patterns of Indian lifestyle during the last 25 years. His films are capable enough of giving the audiences some useful life-lessons.
1. Never say die: 'Dharavi' and its protagonist Raj Karan Yadav (Om Puri) described the painful life of slum dwellers but the overall tone of the film was very positive. It was the story of a man whose indomitable spirit paved the way even in the worst situations.
2. The life of a gangster: Mishra is one of those initial new-age filmmakers who started portraying the grey sides of human characters in Bollywood. Ramanbhai (Ashish Vidyarthi) brought out several facets of a gangster's character in 'Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin', sometimes he looked more justified than the hero of the story.
Sudhir Mishra's films have always showcased a wide range of emotions and cinematic possibilities.
3. You can believe strangers: 'Calcutta Mail' is a tale of a man Avinash (Anil Kapoor) who is in search of his kidnapped son. He receives help from a novelist and some street goons.
4. Love is as important as breath: Mishra gets fascinated by the stories that cover small space and time. Like 'Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin', 'Chameli' also showcased the story of just one night, where a suave investment banker Aman Kapoor (Rahul Bose) gets inspiration of living the life to the fullest from a sex worker (Kareena Kapoor).
5. Revolution is not an easy deal: 'Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi' portrayed a reality that not many filmmakers dared to show before that the struggle to change the society covers a longer path than we normally expect. The film shied away from being a capsule solution and depicted some harsh realities. However, the good thing about it is that the story eventually makes the spectators think about the real issues.
6. Don't shield yourself from love: 'Khoya Khoya Chand' was an intense film in every sense. Don't go on its box office performance as it is among one of the better films on love relationships in showbiz. The central storyline focussed on two people who cross each other's path at crucial junctures. Normally, Bollywood films deal with black and white content and don't believe in giving the second chance to the people who make mistakes.
7. Appearance can be deceptive: Is there any film better than 'Yeh Saali Zindagi' to demonstrate the same! The film has characters which were driven by their passions rather than what is good for them. Chitrangada, Irrfan, Arunoday everyone is seeking answers for the questions that can't be framed properly.
8. People change and for good: Almost every Sudhir Mishra film shows two phases of a character. This phenomenon is actually close to the real life where pain, love and care keep changing people for their respective betterment. Well, not every time!
9. Patience pays back: Films such as 'Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi', 'Khoya Khoya Chand' and 'Calcutta Mail' try to bring out the value of patience in one's life. The protagonists of these films were suffering from immense mental agony but still they kept pursuing their goals. Their labour, dedication and patience paid back in the end.
10. Doubt everything: The felicity of human mind more or less depends on the answers to its inquisitions, and it leads to a perfect life once satiated. This whole process starts with doubting ideas and their current forms. Whenever the characters get deceived by the looks or smooth conversations, it becomes prone to problems.