By IndiaFM News Bureau
Kaafila may have come under the hammer by critics for numerous
reasons but what critics as well as audience completely ignored were the
well orchestrated action sequences; especially the ones that were canned
once the second half of the film begins and story moves to
As the horde of men (and women) get into chase sequences in the
desert dunes, is it impossible not to remember Hollywood classic
Lawrence of Arabia which was made decades back.
While Lawrence of Arabia  starring Peter O'Toole as T.E.
Lawrence had it's entire plot and action set in the deserts, Kaafila with
Sunny Deol in lead too has a substantial portion of the film's script
narrating the plight of the Afghanistanis and their battle with the Taliban. It
is during this episode of the Kaafila comprising of dozen odd men which
traverses continents that desert sequences come into play.
Choreographed by Hanif Sheikh, these well crafted sequences
resemble the fast paced action which was the hallmark of Lawrence of
Arabia. Just like the classic, even Kaafila features dozens of horses
marching their way through the thirsty land as their feet coming together in
unison to create a thumping and ear deafening effect.
In fact graph of the film reaches an all time high whenever horses
traverse their way through desert dunes since it is after ages that one
witnesses such scenes in a Bollywood film. Ever since the stick has come
on usage of animals on the silver screen, film makers have been careful
about using even still shots of animals, let aside making them run and
perform action for the camera.
What also works in the film's favor during this part is the fact that
instead of being gimmicky and just being there for a minute or two, these
action sequences enjoy a continued presence in the second half of the film.
Sunny Deol's towering presence of course helps in elevating the frames
while dozens of other men and horses around him keep the adrenalin rush
In this regard action director Hanif Sheikh and director Ammtoje Mann
deserve a pat on their back as they achieve the impossible by canning
desert shots which meet international standards. Shot in wide canvas with
action happening across the screen from one end to another, Kaafila
promises some of the best moments in the film during these portions.
About Lawrence of Arabia
A desert classic, Lawrence of Arabia has been hailed as a mighty
motion picture of action and adventure. It won the Oscars for Best Art
Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best
Music, Best Picture and Best Sound.
An inordinately complex man who has been labeled everything from
hero, to charlatan, to sadist, Thomas Edward Lawrence blazed his way to
glory in the Arabian desert, then sought anonymity as a common soldier
under an assumed name. The story opens with the death of Lawrence in a
motorcycle accident in London at the age of 47, then flashbacks to recount
his adventures: as a young intelligence officer in Cairo in 1916, he is given
leave to investigate the progress of the Arab revolt against the Turks in
World War I. In the desert, he organizes a guerrilla army and--for two
years--leads the Arabs in harassing the Turks with desert raids, train-
wrecking and camel attacks. Eventually, he leads his army northward and
helps a British General destroy the power of the Ottoman Empire.
Kaafila is the touching story of the mad rush of people opting to leave
their motherland in search of their utopian dreams of a better life abroad in
the developed countries. These people put their careers, families and even
lives at stake to reach their desired destinations even when they can be
better off in their own countries without all the hardships & sufferings.
Kaafila strives to create a mass awareness of the dark side of illegal
immigration. This problem plagues India as well as other developing
economies of the world so this issue will not be a portrayal of just a local
problem but will be on an international level. It convinces the viewers that
illegal immigration is a bane not only for the developing countries but also
for the developed ones as well.
Kaafila also exposes how innocent people are duped by a worldwide
nexus of agents showing them dreams of a comfortable life, close to
heaven, in foreign lands and making them sell their lands, homes &
livelihoods here in a futile pursuit of that dream.