20th August 2015, Thursday
Gyaan Adab, in association with the British Council, Pune, screened The Kite Runner as its second film here at the Centre on 20th August, Thursday. This marked the continuation of a series of films presented by the British Council that showcased an exciting range of British cinema.
The film revolves around Amir and his world. He is a well-to-do boy from Kabul, but is tormented by the guilt of abandoning his friend Hassan, the son of his father's Hazara servant. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of the monarchy in Afghanistan through the Soviet military intervention, the mass exodus of Afghan refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the Taliban regime.
Many patrons who left the Centre after the movie concluded had tears in their eyes, a lasting tribute to the amount cinema can move people. And here is what the ace movie reviewer Roger Ebert had to say about the film: "How long has it been since you saw a movie that succeeds as pure story? That doesn't depend on stars, effects or genres, but simply fascinates you with how it will turn out?Marc Forster's "The Kite Runner," based on a much-loved novel, is a movie like that. It superimposes..." (read more)