“Tiyaan”… A confused, overlong, wannabe-epic that preaches secularism even as it glorifies Brahminism

Posted on July 11, 2017

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Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/tiyaan-movie-review

We’ve all heard of “Hindu-Muslim bhai-bhai.” In Tiyaan (The Above-mentioned), the adage becomes literal: the actors who play Aslan Mohammad and Pattabhirama Giri are real-life siblings, Prithviraj and Indrajith. The casting, I feel, is no accident – for part of Tiyaan’s agenda is to celebrate Hindus and Muslims as brothers from the same mother, Bharat Mata. We get “Tat tvam asi” as well as quotes from the Hadith. There’s a grand birth-of-a-god moment, where Mohammad is endowed with supernatural powers by Aghori sadhus. As he leaves, he says, “Om namah Shivaay.” They say, “Allahu Akbar.” Throw in a pastor, and you have yourself a Manmohan Desai movie.

Looming on the horizon is the villain, a godman named Mahashay Bhagwan (Murali Gopy, wearing what seem to be Amrish Puri’s hand-me-downs from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom), who wants the property on which Giri and his neighbours have made their homes. (The setting is a sun-scorched hinterland in Uttar Pradesh.) While the godman’s goons have no problems slapping around and intimidating a Muslim, they won’t lay a finger on Giri. Because he isn’t just a Hindu. He’s a Brahmin. Giri thinks he’s special too. At one point, he whips out the sacred thread and says, “Brahman hain. Haath nahin lagaana.” (“Don’t you dare touch me. I’m a Brahmin.)

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