The Filmfare awards night is just hours away. And I can see a clear winner. It is none other than Vinod Chopra’s underdog film 12th Fail about the triumph of the underdog.
Not only does the story of an impoverished 12th fail hero’s triumph tick all the right boxes(or may be ‘tick all the right boxes’ makes it sound far more manipulative in its intentions than it actually is) it also underlines the director Vinod Chopra’s triumphant heroic return to form after a series of directorial duds.
During the last sixteen years Chopra has only directed three films.All of them—Eklavya, Broken Horses and Shikara—have been defined by varying degrees of dud.
It is hard to tell who is the bigger underdog hero: Vinod Chopra or his protagonist Manoj Kumar Sharma in 12th Fail.
The film seems to be likely to sweep the Filmfare awards in nearly all the categories. And that is a good thing. Scoring such high marks in the examination of excellence ,and making such a huge profit, 12th Film is what filmmaking should be, but is progressively, rather regressively not.