Anjali Patel

Mrs. Glaspie

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AP Europe History

29 January 2018

A Passage to
India Movie Critique

            A
Passage to India is the name of this movie directed by David Lean. It was first
written in a book produced by E.M. Forster. The movie got a rating of 85% on Rotten
Tomatoes and four out of five stars. The year the movie was released was in
1984. The genres for this movie are a novel, fiction, and a romance novel. The
music composed in this movie was by Maurice Jarre. The box office sales were
$27,187,653 and the distributor is Columbia. The MPAA Rating is PG and the
runtime is two hours and 44 minutes. I watched A Passage to India on January 27th
with my family at night. This movie was based from the British Raj and the
Indian independence movement in the 1920s. The film was in color, but it was
blurry at times. An interesting fact about this movie is in 1984 at the Academy
Awards, it was nominated for 11 Oscars, including two wins.

            The
film begins with two Englishwomen, Miss Adela Quested and Mrs. Moore, traveling
to India. Adela is on her way to become potentially engaged to Mrs. Moore’s
son, Ronny. He’s a British magistrate in the city Chandrapore. Dr. Aziz, a
young Muslim doctor in India, is very frustrated at the treatment he receives
from the English. However, Mrs. Moore and Dr. Aziz run into each other while at
a mosque and they become friendly. The doctor is astonished that an English
person could actually treat an Indian like a friend. Adela meets Cyril Fielding,
the principal of the government in Chandrapore. There then was a tea and Aziz
and Fielding become friendly until Ronny rudely interrupts the party. Adela
tells Ronny that she does not want to marry him. Dr. Aziz organizes an
expedition to the Marabar Caves for everyone at Fielding’s tea. Dr. Aziz and
Adela go on to higher caves with a guide while the elderly Mrs. Moore waits
below. Adela soon realizes she doesn’t love Mrs. Moore’s son, Ronny, and asks
Dr. Aziz if he has more than one wife. Feeling offended, Aziz goes into the
cave. When he comes back out, he soon finds that Adela is gone. He gets mad at
the guide for losing her and the guide runs away from the scene. The doctor
found out that Adela took a car back to Chandrapore, however he gets arrested
on the spot. He is charged with trying to attempt rape to Adela Quested, which
is false information Adela made herself. Fielding and the other Indians believe
Aziz is innocent. Racial tensions between the Indians and the English increase
more than ever before. Adela is emotional and has an echo in her head. Ronny is
tired of Mrs. Moore’s support for the Indians so he made sure she returns to
England sooner than before. She then dies on the trip back to England. At the
trial, Adela when she was under oath, says that she made a mistake, the doctor
was not the person who came at her in the cave. Two years later, Dr. Aziz
becomes the head doctor to the Rajah of Mau, a Hindu place a hundred miles from
Chandrapore. Ralph and Aziz are no longer friends, not just yet.

            The
characters in the movie were based on real people. The film is based on when
India was under the rule of the British from 1858-1947. The movie shows that
the British got treated like royalty while Indians were viewed as peasants. If
the Indians got accused of any type of behavior, they immediately got
consequences even if there was no evidence. The events were real and were
accurately portrayed as far as sequencing, and placed in the proper time frame,
and proper context.

            The
movie was set in Chandrapore, India. It is based on the city of Bankipur (a
suburb of Patna in the state of Bihar). The temples and mosques in the film
were accurately portrayed. Also, the cows and goats roaming in the streets
definitely gave the audience a sense of how India is truly like. The social
classes were a major aspect of this movie. The distinctive features of each
class are portrayed by how they’re dressed, and how they lived. This social
class system is still in affect in India.

            Overall,
I enjoyed this film a lot. My family and I could understand everything that was
being spoken so there was no language barrier for us. Although we know a lot
about India and our culture, this movie taught us many more aspects that we
never knew. It was truly eye opening for us and we would definitely recommend
this film to others. However, some weaknesses were that the movie was being
dragged out in the beginning. Also, there should’ve been an added dialogue to
where some phrases where tied into the ending. I say this because if someone
were not listening to the beginning, they would not understand why they said
that certain phrase at the end of the movie. They also should’ve added closed
captioning to those who cannot understand Hindi. Although the film had
primarily English, some parts had the Indians speaking Hindi, which others may
not understand. Other than that, this movie informed me of my motherhood country
with the history and culture aspects tied into it.