Regardless of the hoopla surrounding Kurbaan (and its good when a movie that tackles a multi-faceted subject evokes a lot of debate - no matter how ludicrous), I haven't seen it yet. But what I have been enjoying is the video for the song Kurbaan Hua.
For a film that deals with Muslim identity and conflict, it's flagship video is chock full of biblical imagery. Now you could tell me "Dude, all monotheistic religions are inter-derivative". To which I'd say "Dude, if I wanted a lesson, I'd go to school". It's much more fun looking at moving pictures instead.
This image conjures up visions of sin, punishment and the seeking of absolution. Why is it raining? Rain = time tested symbol for Outpouring of Emotion, usually sadness or regret.
A rose explodes into flames - which could mean many things: (a) A romance that went up in flames (b) A love that became the source of betrayal or (c) a new, really funky Food Network show with Rose Flambé recipes.
The unabomber look on Saif conjures up mystery and danger. Leaves swirling around represent an impending storm. Plus, it's all a buildup for an Ooh moment when Saif takes off the jacket and does his best to look sexy with his hair flying around.
A barking, rabid BLACK dog evokes the feeling of being hunted. Dog owners should unite and protest this kind of stuff if you ask me.
A woman dressed in tattered lace appears with kohl streaked eyes - which led me to believe that Kurbaan is about a woman who starts with the expectation of a good life that ends up horribly wrong.
A woman tries to escape her fashion choice. Since Vidya Balan is not in this movie, you have to believe there is another interpretation here. Let's try this: Fashion represents Life, you do the math.
Well, we all know what a circling vampire chick means. Wait, actually I don't! What DOES this add up to?
The story of Adam and Eve is well-documented in the Quran. Here Eve succumbs to temptation and Satan is a green (the color of envy, one of those deadly sins) slithering snake. Why are Adam and Even wearing glitter makeup on their faces and leaves in their hair? Its cinematic!
Easily the most awesome imagery in the song. A girl achieves a state of extreme yogic control and starts levitating while Saif frets underneath. Her passive expression and spreadeagled arms seem to represent crucifixion and a sense of being prosecuted while innocent.
Great balls of fire! One of my favorites. Actually its concentric rings of fire - but they'll do. Saif is in the middle. Saif is trapped! Or this is a movie about a circus - which we know it isn't (but that depends on your point of view)
You can watch the video for Kurbaan Hua on YouTube. Music by Salim-Sulaiman. Vocals by Vishal Dadlani. Hugely entertaining video, guys - congratulations!
Thanks to Dilli Ki Sardi for the link to the controversy surrounding the movie