Rahul Dholakia's ''PARZANIA'' which released long back in 2007 had a heart-breaking plot of a 10-year old Parsi boy getting lost in the riot, In Firaaq, Nandita narrates 6 stories which are neither connected to each other nor unites in the culmination documenting the horrific and shameful chapter of Godhra Riots in 2002.
The movie might not be so haunting as ''Parzania'' but it pricks our conscious after every narratives. You feel for the characters who's life got changed irrevocably after the event.
Gujarati abused wife (DEEPTI NAVAL) is haunted by the guilt for not opening the door for a Sobbing Muslim lady during the riot, Mixed Religion couple (TISCA CHOPRA & SANJAY SURI) prepares to get shift to Delhi as the Muslim husband scares for what would happen next. An auto-rickshaw driver's house get burned down so his wife (SHAHANA GOSWAMI) suspects her hindu friends's husband involvement in it. An Optimistic Elderly Muslim musician (NASEERUDIN SHAH) finally resigns himself from the fact that music can calm the rage & A Muslim Boy,in search of his father, is unaware that he has been orphaned in the carnage,
Director Nandita Das doesn't shy away from showing the dark side of her character as well. There is a scene where Paresh Rawal's character asks his younger brother DILIP JOSHI whether did he enjoy the gangrape he participated in ? and moment later switches on the News seeing a Muslim lady criticizing the carnage and complaining of destroying her dignity to which Joshi says These lady have less dignity to begin with. These scene made such a powerful impact in this powerful film. There are many scenes which will shock you completely because we haven't come across such harsh reality-check before.
Performance is memorable from each and every cast, no doubt but the actors who haunt you the most till the end of the show is DEEPTI NAVAL, SHAHANA GOSWAMI & the child actor playing Orphan Mohsin.
''Firaaq'' is the movie you shouldn't miss because it's inherently honest with a powerful message to be delivered, 2 thumbs up for Fantastic Actress's first Fantastic directorial debut. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!
Still though, a powerful view of a sensitive topic. Overall a must see.