What happens when you lose your loved one all of a sudden? Not to any natural cause but to violence and hate? Aamir Khan attempts to answer this question through his documentary, Rubaru Roshni. One of the most credible voices in Bollywood, Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao have known to take brave leaps of faith when it comes to content. Rubaru Roshni, recently acquired by Netflix, is no different.
The film is divided into 3 parts – each covering a heinous crime. The story is told from the perspective of family members of the victims as well as the perpetrators, resulting in a fantastic battle of perspective. A young child in 1985 loses both her parents in a murder which is politically motivated. In 1995, a nun’s sister, also a nun is stabbed to death violently. In 2008, a wave of terror hits Mumbai and a woman loses her husband and daughter.
It is horrific and heart-breaking to hear the accounts. When we fear death, we don’t fear it for ourselves. We fear it for those who are left behind. Rubaru Roshni manages to highlight the grief felt by the three survivors with great sensitivity. We feel for the victims, for the mindlessness of the crimes and how a stroke of luck can change everything for a family.
The greatest achievement of the film is the commonality between the three stories – a sense of forgiveness. The director, Svati Chakravarthy Bhatkal, manages to teach us a thing or two about empathy through her debut film. The narration by Aamir Khan himself is evocative and rings in your ear long after the credits have rolled.
A loss of a loved one leaves you with many feelings – a sense of hollowness, grief, anger. But Rubaru Roshni shows us that forgiveness is possible, that it is essential and is the only way to peace. It is an important watch, one that makes you think and makes you grateful for the fragile life that you have.
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