A number of political parties have started focusing on the aam aadmi. A number of movies too have been highlighting the life of a common man. Rajat Kapoor's ANKHON DEKHI mirrors the life of one such person beautifully!
ANKHON DEKHI tells the story of Bauji [a superlative portrayal by Sanjay Mishra], a common man, and his day-to-day fight for survival, his dealing with the ups and downs of staying in a joint family, his monotonous office chores and many such issues. But the turning point in his life comes when his daughter announces about the love of her life. And since there have been too many hear-say about the boy and his 'character', the family decides to shun the boy even without seeing him. However, when the dutiful father lands up at the boy's house with the cops and other relatives with an intention to give him the trashing of his life, he realizes that the boy is not what he's made out to be.
That's when Bauji decides to believe *only* in whatever his eyes see, not on whatever his ears hear [from the world]. While this nature of his gradually becomes a nuisance to his near and dear ones, this newly-acquired nature of his also results in him quitting from his job. Bauji's brother [Rajat Kapoor] and his wife decide that they can't take this [nature] any longer and separate from him. Unable to take the non-stop criticism about his opinionated talks, he decides to remain mum and communicate only with actions...
The multi-tasking Rajat Kapoor, who doubles up as the writer as well as director, truly deserves to be applauded for the way he has handled the film and its characters. He has really shown the world that one need not splurge multi-million dollars to make a convincing/decent film. The soundtrack is soothing and gels well with the mood of the film. While the editing could have been sharper, the cinematography contributes in making the film believable.
As pointed out at the outset, Sanjay Mishra is simply remarkable. No other actor could've pulled off the Bauji act as effortlessly and convincingly as he does. Rajat Kapoor too delivers an effortless performance, while Seema Pahwa is terrific. The rest of the cast is hugely competent.
On the whole, ANKHON DEKHI is indeed watchable!