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Hey Ram - Mise-En-Scene Analysis

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HEY RAM! - A Mise – en – Scène Analysis

Hey Ram - an Experiment with Truth

The film released in 2000, an unusual film which received unusual reviews and responses. Hey Ram is named after the last words spoken by Gandhi after he was shot on January 30th, 1948.

The film has two different times interlinked in the screenplay. The present in 1999 and the past show the Pre-partition, 1946, Independence, 1947 and Assassination of Gandhi, 1948.

The film has not only concentrated on the Story and screenplay but also on Cinematography and Art Direction. Each frame is carefully composed and there is a flow, continuity; in certain scenes important props are maintained from the beginning till the end (depicting the story runs over a period of time.) The following analysis is based on the four areas of Mise – en – Scene; Lighting, Props, Costumes and Make-up, Figure Movement and Expression.

The costumes are distinctly chosen and made for each sector.
Ram dresses according to the occasion, his hair style would change according to the time. Aparna is seen in a typical Bengali attire with huge bindhi on her forehead.
The Iyengars (Mythili, Ambujam, Upulli, others) of Tamil Nadu have dhoti and shirt along with Namam for the men and saree along with Bindhi, flowers and simple yet prominent jewellery. Even the widows have clear costumes of Orange saree with their heads covered with the pallu.
The Hindus of the north have kurtha and pyjamas with long streak of kum kum on their foreheads.
The Muslims (Amjed, Nafisa, others) have a kurtha, pyjama and an over coat for the men and salwar with their heads covered with their duppattas for the women.
The Gandhian followers have Khadhi kurtha, pyjamas and Nehru cap.

The film’s title song is the famous bhajan sung in all Gandhi meetings, “Ragupathi Ragav Raja Ram” – with the film title Hey Ram flashing within a bow...

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