Kaafila does a Lawrence of Arabia


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 [1963] 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.

About Kaafila

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.