10 Reasons Why Beyond The Clouds Will Take Us Over The Moon!


  1. Because  it’s Majid Majidi .His chronicles  of humanism, whether it is Father(1996), Children  Of Heaven(1997), The Color Of Paradise(1999),The Willow Tree(2005) or the Song Of  Sparrows(2008)..they all sing a melody of oneness and  kinship.
  2. The kinship among the downtrodden is  always  shown to be  special and indelible  in Majid Majidi’s cinema. Here in  Beyond The  Clouds it is the profound bonding between a  brother and a sister that gives a  centre to the  plot.
  3. Sibling  bonding has been big  in Bollywood since Choti Bahen in  1952  and Raakhi in  1959.We haven’t had a vital brother-sister bonding  story  since Pyari Behna in 1995 and  Bandhan in 1998. InBeyond  the  Clouds Majid Majidi’s  protagonists are siblings played by Ishan Khatter and MalavikaMohanan.And neither has a love  interest  in  the  plot. Bhai God!
  4. Children have  always been handled with rare care  by Majid Majidi.Who can forget little AmirFarrokh Hashemian as Ali  and  Bahare Seddiqi as Zahra  in Children  Of  Heaven? To me  IshaanKhatter’s Aamir and Malavika Mohanan’s Tara are little Ali and Zahra after they’ve grown up. That’s my back story. Not Majid Majidi’s.
  5. Speaking  of Children Of Heaven, who can forget what the prolific Priyadarshan did  to that classic when he transposed it to Bollywood as Bumm Bumm Bhole? Has Priyadarshan given Majidi Majidi a written apology for what he did  to  Children  of Heaven?
  6. Children are vital, life-giving vital  to Beyond The  Clouds. They  feature prominently in  both Ishaan Khatter and Malavika Mohanan’s  individual  plot zones.There  is are two little girls  for Ishaan to  interact with a  impoverish  boy with whom Malavika forms a maternal bonding.
  7. Coincidentally  the two releases Shoojir Sircar’s October and now Majid Majidi’s  film have an important character lying comatose in the hospital. While Banita Sandhu as  the comatose  patient in October  is certainly prettier filmmaker Gautam Ghose all bruised and  bandaged  and hyper-ventilating is just as interesting.
  8. As  in Pedro Alamodovar’s Talk To Me , Kumail Nanjiani’s The  Big Sick and Shoojit Sircar’s October, the protagonist  talks to the comatose  patient. But while in the first three films the one-way conversation is soothing comforting and encouraging in Beyond  The Clouds Ishaan Khatter is anything but kind to the comatose man.After the things he says I doubt Gautam Ghose will offer Ishaan a part in the sequel toPaar.I mention Ghose’s Paar, because Naseruddin Shah’s daughter props up in Beyond The Cloudsplaying a  nurse.
  9. Comparisons with Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire are  bound to  crop up. Both are  films about Mumbai’s underbelly as seen through the eyes of a foreigner. But Majid Majidi knows third-world poverty. He is not  a  foreigner in that sense.
  10. And yes,  Ishaan proves himself quite his brother Shahid Kapoor’s Chotu whenever he  breaks  into a dance. And that includes shadow dancing to A R Rahman’s Muqabla . This is  Majid Majidi’s second collaboration with Rahman after the badly-received Muhammed  in 2014. Never mind. Even  a MajidMajidi makes a  mistake.

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