Aamir Khan's Rubaru Roshni will change your perception towards life

Written and directed by Svati Chakravarty Bhatkal, the film passes the message of forgiveness with three heart-wrenching, yet inspiring real-life stories

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Every holy book talks about forgiveness, and every wise person wishes to follow the same. In a chaotic world, we live today, we seek compassion, even in the hardest of circumstances, thereby lead a peaceful life. Aamir Khan’s latest film ‘Rubaru Roshni’ passes the message beautifully with three heart-wrenching, yet inspiring real-life stories.

Directed by Svati Chakravarty Bhatkal, the film begins with Avantika Maken’s story, where she takes one through her parents Lalit and Gitanjali Maken’s murder. The Makens were Congress leaders and related closely to India’s former President Shankar Dayal Sharma. Her soulful and brave story also includes Ranjith Singh Gill (Kuku) who was charged for the murder and takes one through the anti-Sikh riots conducted in the ‘80s. The second story focuses on a nun, Sister Rani Maria, who was killed in 1995 by murderer Samundar. It involves him narrating the incident and how life taught him a lesion of kindness. The last is a story which many in Mumbai would relate to – The 26/11 Mumbai Terror attacks, where an American woman named Kia Scherr lost her husband Alan and daughter Naomi. Her narration will take one through a journey of what she went through those days and how she changed her thoughts about life.

Over the last many years, Aamir Khan has time and again introduced content-driven formats, be it shows or films. Films like Dangal, Taare Zameen Par and shows like Satyamev Jayate, make him stand out in the industry and the actor has truly won accolades for the effort he and his team at Aamir Khan Productions (AKP) put to change the perspective in the society. Not to forget, his contribution to bringing a change through Paani Foundation.

To start with, my experience of watching ‘Rubaru Roshni’ was very special as I walked out with a difference. Amid the hatred and all the negativity, we live with, our thoughts become darker and intentions become mean, a lot of times. The film is not about crime, but it is about the people with a big heart – something pure and rare anyone would come across today. These stories have the power to alter your mind for the good and teach you that forgiveness is a way of life. Not only it is satisfying, but it also ensures peace, both in the outer world and deep in the soul.

Hard hitting facts and revelations made about the number of bullets, a nun being stabbed a number of times, brutal mass killing and a lot more are disturbing. File footages and video clips add to the experience making you frown, cringe and feel awful for the pain one dealt with. But that’s one small part of the intention of the narration – to make one understand the situation the victims lived. What mattered the most in the story was the positivity the makers showcased in all the three cases, and that painted a happy picture, making it easier to live the story onscreen.

Svati Bhatkal’s research and direction is commendable for she makes one experience the positive, negative and life-changing. This film talks on one of the most relevant topics today, and it must have taken a lot to convince the victims and the accused to share the story, and the team at AKP deserves applause for making this happen.

With a run time of two-hours, Rubaru Roshni will take one through a 'never-seen or felt-before' journey, something where you wouldn’t mind crying at many instances in the film, eventually cleaning your soul and getting back to life, refreshed with a new motive. A must watch!

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