Some people are remembered for wrong reasons and some movies are remembered for wrong reasons.First timer Amit Raiâ€™s â€˜Road To Sangamâ€™ is film that every Indian needs at this hour of morality and human crisis we are in.
Cast: Paresh Rawal, Om Puri, Pawan Malhotra
Written and directed by debutante Amit Rai, â€˜Road to Sangamâ€™ trembles the age-old bitterness etched in the hearts of several Hindus and Muslims during the 1947 partition.However, Rai has perfectly managed to keep the plot completely non-judgmental till the end, even though the film gives the feel of a heart-warming morality tale.
The film shows us that the road to salvation for a wounded society is to cut through the tangled web of politics and religion to try to a find a common ground between the Hindu and Muslim viewpoint without compromising or hurting either.
â€˜Road to Sangamâ€™ is the story of a devout Muslim car mechanic, Hasmatullah (Paresh Rawal), whoâ€™s driven by a clarity of purpose that brooks no interference from religious bigots.He is also the secretary of the local mosque committee but doesnâ€™t share a cordial rapport with the president Nawab Kasuri (Om Puri).Things remain fine until one day he has to restore an old V8 Ford Engine within a weekâ€™s time.Hasmat is elated to take on the vintage machine, being unaware of the fact that it was the same engine that carried the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi to be immersed at the Sangam (where the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meet).
As Hasmat works on his new task, a bomb explodes in his town leading to the arrest of many innocent Muslim youths. President Kasuri along with Maulana Qureshi (Pawan Malhotra) calls for a strike and orders the shopkeepers to shut shop as a mode of protest against the government. Hasmat joins the boycott only to realize the importance of work at hand.
On the whole, â€˜Road To Sangamâ€™ gives you the feel of a typical patriotic parable, and is worth watching for Rawal and Puriâ€™s stupendous performances.