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Alif Movie Review: It a torture to sit through the two hour duration

Shubha Shetty Saha | Updated on: 3 February 2017, 13:28 IST
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Rating: 1 Star (1/5)

Zaigham Imam Ali's film, Alif intends to talk about the need for secular education among Muslims. Alif (Saeed Mansuri) is a hakeem's son and goes to a Madrasa like rest of the boys in his neighbourhood do. This is partly because the women fear that children going to English schools in Hindu colonies might be unnecessarily targetted. Hakeem Raza (Danish Hussain)'s estranged sister Zahra (Neelima Azim) returns from Pakistan to upset the situation. She insists that Alif should go to a regular school and grow up to be a doctor. This is not taken too well by the local cleric, who incidentally is also romancing Alif's cousin. Alif himself is facing a lot of trouble in his new school.

As we know intention, however noble, is never enough if the execution is veering between being under confident and indulgent. The editing department of this film, if it existed, seems to have gone on a long vacation, as you see no traces of their work here. Add to that the loud background music, louder hamming and jerky camera movements, makes it a torture to sit through the two hour duration of the film. Neelima Azim gives a decent performance.

First published: 3 February 2017, 13:28 IST
 
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