“Films are mirrors in which we see ourselves and others and all society.”
A few days ago, I saw an Urdu film Ragni. I think that it is the most interesting of all the films. I have seen. The film I enjoyed so much was about a poor girl, Ragni. Ragni’s father was just a laborer. He was getting old and could not work every day. Ragni, the heroine of the film, thought of working somewhere to earn money for her family. She was educated only up to the primary class, and so could not get any proper job. However, she could sew well. Her father knew the owner of a tailor’s shop in a bazaar. Ragni started working there. After starting her work, Ragni felt the need of education for a better future. She joined the evening classes in a school of her locality. She attended the classes in school regularly. So much fond of studies she was that she learned that the middle-class courses easily. She passed the middle-class examination. After this, she started studying for the matriculation examination and prepared herself well. Surprisingly, she passed it in a high grade.
Now, Ragni was a senior worker in the tailor’s shop, and she supervised other workers. At home, she was preparing herself for the Intermediate examination. She appeared in the examination as a private candidate and passed it. Two years later, she passed the B.A. examination and won fame and respect in the whole area around her house.
The condition of Ragni’s family went on improving. Ragni went on working at the tailor’s shop. Her father himself opened a tailor’s shop with the money earned by Ragni. Now Ragni’s family was quite rich. Ragni was married to a gentleman, who was the owner of a cloth shop in the bazaar.
Thus, the film Ragni was about a poor girl and her family. The film taught me the lesson that only honest and devoted work can bring us success. Like Ragni, we can change our luck ourselves. The songs and music of Ragni were fine. Everyone watching the film liked them. However, the photography of the film was not up to the mark (so fine). There are scenes of everyday life in the film. Poor and common people are found working in their homes and on the roads of the city. It will be correct to say that the film reflects social life a great deal. The presentation of the market life of the city) in the film is quite perfect. We find shopkeepers doing business and customers buying articles of their choice. We begin feeling that the whole world is a big market-place, where we buy and sell most of the time.
The presentation of the private school in Ragni’s street is almost perfect. Devoted poor students are presented attending the classes, taught by ordinary teachers. The female teachers taught with effort though they did not get proper salaries. It shows how common people can get educated in private schools with their own effort. Ragni’s study hours at her house at night are another interesting and informative feature of the movie. Though Ragni did not have enough facilities and sitting space for studies at home, she went on studying. When, at times, guests began disturbing her, she went upstairs to a small store and read her books in dim light. All her efforts at self-education, later, brought her honor and glory. She came to be the most well-educated lady in the city running a tailor’s shop.
All the actors and actresses played their roles well. What surprised me most was that the film was without a “hero.” Most of it was about the efforts and struggle of a family against poverty. I desire to see the film again.
“Why do you watch a movie? I watch it to learn what I can do to move heaven and earth.”