A Passage to India

1984

Action / Adventure / Drama / History

18
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 85%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 78%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 14874

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Alec Guinness as Godbole
Judy Davis as Adela
James Fox as Fielding
Saeed Jaffrey as Hamidullah
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Ashish Juyal 8 / 10

As an Indian i believe i may help you to understand

In 1885 Lord Macaulay in very planned way introduced English as an official language of India, a plan equally dangerous like thousand years of third Reich in Europe. Macaulay himself explained during a speech in Kolkata in 1885 that "I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. He added "with such a high moral, spiritual cultural heritage and ancient Aryan education system (Language Sanskrit) I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of education system of this nation.

However Macaulay's language experiment resulted very strange. It not only fractured the complex Indian society but divided the schools of thought into fraction. In movie Dr.Aziz symbolically represents the agonised face of so called modern educated Indians.

The director of this movie is very talented person who exactly know this problem. Now what exactly happening in the movie is a British young woman fascinated with ideas of elephants, snakes, tropical forests and mysteries is travelling across India. Moreover she is young and deep inside she is contemplating the true meaning of love. While in India she meets Dr. Aziz who on other hand is a product of Macaulay's language experiment. Dr Aziz is an educated person who has nothing to with Indian national movement (background is of decade of 20's) or in other words he is a simple nice Muslim man who do his job, earn comparatively better than other poor Indians and has a good social status in the local community. However he remains depressed with the surrounding atmosphere which is full of dirt, poor people etc. Symbolically he is a face of new crop who thinks and if given a chance, act like elite English. Unfortunately since he is just an average person and not an intellectual, he can not see that a British who is a foreigner in his country do not see any difference between him and other poor. He works hard and do not miss any opportunity to proof that their is a difference and it exist.

Movie reaches to the height of climax when Dr. Aziz gets an opportunity to take Ms Quested to an excursion to Malabar caves. And then comes the most beautiful, suspenseful and artistic scene of the movie. For few moment in that silent lazy afternoon, Ms Quested learn during an exceptional personal interaction (An interaction which was not supposed to be happened between an Indian and a English) about Dr. Aziz's love for his wife who died few years back. Already hypnotised and surprised with the Indian culture she gets locked with a strange feeling when she learn that Dr, Aziz never saw his wife before getting married. Back to her life she never imagined if being in love/marriage with someone whom you have never seen was possible. After all due to her basic human tendency, she for a fraction of moment imagined Dr. Aziz as a perfect man. Her extreme imagination takes her to indefinite trauma and suddenly everything looks ugly, horrible, dark and hopeless. Now gushed with guilt feeling she can not justify her imaginations in a real world.

In case of Dr. Aziz he is again in a gloomy world because Ms Quested without giving any notice is now out of his reach. An innocent human to human interaction becomes a case of racial dominance & national extremism.

Fanatic Indians have coloured it with Indian national moment whereas British are convinced that Indians doesn't matter educated or uneducated are on same line. Ironically Dr. Aziz who is surprised, frustrated due to silence of Miss Quested is no longer an old simple man. He too now believes that English are corrupting his country. Ms. Nobody knows the internal truth.

Reviewed by PWNYCNY 10 / 10

Perhaps David Lean's best movie.

The British colonial authorities use a contrived incident to stage a show trial to prove Indian inferiority and thereby further justify Britain's continued colonial occupation of India. Through clever directing, this movie appeals to the audience's sense of outrage at the British who are impervious to the loud and widespread demands that they leave India. The tension between the Indians and English soon becomes apparent. it is this tension that becomes the basis for the drama that unfolds. A young woman arrives in India and confronted by her own sexuality has a mental breakdown and accuses her companion, an Indian physician, of attempted rape. This allegation further widens the rift between the Indians and the British, and intensifies calls for the British to leave. This in turn makes the British even more determined to put the doctor on trial and get a conviction. The Indian defense counsel considered the trial a sham, protests get louder, yet the British continue undaunted. This sets the stage for even more dramatics, which will not be discussed here. To find out the exciting conclusion to this story, and how tensions,, get resolved, watch the movie. This movie is a great work of art.

Reviewed by snorlax3111984 10 / 10

Pros And Cons Of A Passage To India

Pros 1. I can definitely see why Peggy Ashcroft won a Supporting Actress Oscar for her role. She stands up for the rights of local Indians to be treated as human beings but does so without losing the decency and dignity expected of a British woman. It doesn't surprise me at all that Mrs. Moore could inspire a huge crowd to call out her name in desire for her to return.

2. A Passage To India was Sir David Lean's cinematic swan song and his first film in 14 years but he showed no sign of rusting with age. The visuals in this film are as unforgettable as any scene of the Middle East in Lawrence Of Arabia or of Russia in Dr. Zhivago. Lean also wrote the screenplay and the dialogue is endlessly fascinating.

3. Sir Alec Guinness is no stranger to Lean films and he really gets a plum role as Professor Godbole. Godbole's insistence on destiny sometimes makes him seem indifferent and uncaring (especially with his refusal to help Dr. Aziz) but there seems to be some truth to what he preaches. It's too bad a scene of Godbole performing a Hindu dance was cut from the movie.

4. I liked that they didn't make Ronnie a complete monster, he just wants to act in a way that allows him to maintain his job. To his credit, he does apologize to his mother for a particularly rude display in front of Mrs. Moore's new Indian friends. He also deserves credit for taking it so well when Adela keeps changing her mind on whether to marry him.

5. I am a big fan of Keeping Up Appearances so I was delighted when I saw Clive Swift was in this movie. He was in it very briefly but I relished every appearance he made. His character appears to be single (if only Richard Bucket were so lucky). I liked that Swift's character doesn't really say anything anti-Indian. Most of his lines are about concern for Adela or Ronnie's health (Clive Swift plays a doctor) and a brief conversation with the head of The British in India.

6. When the police come to arrest Dr. Aziz he moves to flee but Richard the kind teacher tells him "don't act like a criminal". I wish OJ Simpson had a friend like that. There is some similarities between Dr. Aziz being accused of raping a Caucasian woman and OJ being accused of killing 2 Caucasians. They both certainly causes a lot of racial tension. At least Dr. Aziz's acquittal was more accepted and less suspicious.

7. I loved how Godbole honored Mrs. Moore as she took the departing train ride. The only actor to win an Oscar for a Sir David Lean film saluting the only actress to win an Oscar for a Sir David Lean Film.

8. Best Line Any line spoken by Clive Swift's character

Cons: 1. Sir Alec Guinness is a great actor but did he have to play an Indian? Is their no caucasian role he could have taken?

2. I would have liked more information on what happens to Adela in the years after the trial. I don't think it's even mentioned if she left India. After the ordeal at the caves she doesn't seem to have a lot to do until her big scene at the trial.

3. Even in their most angry state, I have a hard time believing a British woman in the 20's would say "b----" in public

4. I don't get why the hotshot lawyer charges Dr. Aziz 20,000 pounds after the acquittal. It was clearly established the lawyer would do it pro bono. Dr. Aziz refuses Adela's aid in paying the lawyer but it's not mentioned how Dr. Aziz pays the fee.

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