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Swami Movie Review
  Movie Review : Swami
Rating : 2 / 5
Banner : Pupsha Krishan Creations
Cast : Manoj Bajpai, Juhi Chawla, Vivek Shauq, Neha Pendse, and Others
Choreography : Ganesh Acharya
Cinematography : Lenin Xavier
Music : Nitin Arora, Sony Chandy
Lyrics : Sameer
Producer: Ganesh Acharya
Director: Ganesh Acharya
Released Date: June 08, 2007
Swami is a tale of middle-class man, living a very simple life and pursuing big dreams. Every one was surprised when the movie didn't had any jatkas, matkas or the usual scintillating dance stuff which is normally the mark of Ganesh Acharay's choreography, instead what viewers get is a plain real cinema with some real characters we come across in day to day life. Ganesh, tired capturing the essence of human's emotions in a trouble-free way and to large extent he was successful.

Swami (Manoj Bajpai) is a Maharashtrain Brahmin, married to Radha, (Juhi Chawla) a South Indian. Together they share, life's happiness and adversity and try to keep each other happy. Swami has a desire to buy rocking chair, once he gets slap for sitting in the chair of somebody else without taking permission. From there he nurtures a desire to have his own rocking chair and feel the experience of sitting in it and enjoying it.
This rocking chair is used as a metaphor and forms the crux of the movie thereafter. With the passage of time, the couple is blessed with a beautiful son and Radha dreams of sending his only son to USA for better education and life. Swami works restlessly to fulfill her dream. Everything looks going good, but destiny has some other plans which see Radha being diagnosed with having fatal illness and eventually she dies thereby leaving Swami alone and having only one aim to fulfill Radha's dream.

SWAMI has an engrossing first hour. Manoj, Juhi and the child actor Siddharth gave memorable performances. In fact Manoj gets in to the skin of the character and display the role with outmost conviction. Juhi, as usual was at her best with the catching smile. Siddharth gave commendable performance with some touching scenes. In fact, a number of scenes make you moist eyed in this hour and you can't help but reach out for your kerchief.
The second hour completely plays truant, and it is very dragging checking the patience of the viewers, there should have been around 15-20 minutes of cut to make the movie bit interesting. The intensity with which the movies go in first hour is diluted with the introduction of certain new characters who doesn't match to Juhi or Manoj. The characters begin to look un-dimensional after a while.

The direction and cinematography are average; songs are only heard in the background. The characters are shown as flawless which is very uninteresting some of the emotional scenes are very dated like'Tumhe apne Maa ki kasam' which just doesn't go well with the generation X.

Overall a well attempted movie to show the humane side of life with rich in emotion which will never go out of fashion. It may not appeal much to the multiplexes audience. It caters to the small segment of viewers having an appetite for such kind of cinema.
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