Directed by Jessi Thind | Review by Nabadipa Talukder
[dropcap]S[/dropcap]tories. We come across them every other day. Stories filled with mysteries, stories that fade into nothingness, stories that are woven beautifully and capture your attention with their minute details. Every once in a while we come across a story that will change our lives, that will teach us to leave the things behind that would make us unhappy, it will dull away our days and we will be left in our death bed with the only thought in our head, “Have I lived a life worth reliving?” Then you take a seat and actually start thinking about life.
Finding Superman is the story of the father and son relationship through different times both carrying different stories but all unite to one moral teaching, “Be The Magic, Live The Magic!” It is about the moral values we pass down to our children and how we learn to nurture and keep them safe and which holds the basis of our roots.
The story, doozy in its own way, captures the reader’s attention from the very beginning till the end. The pragmatic point of view, the different perspective enables the perceiver to understand what we are losing out nowadays in the run for money, luxury and a better life. We are in such a vulnerable position and we tend to lose out on our roots. The story further explores the influence of parents on a child’s life and how a parent would go to any extent to fix anything in their children’s life as if it was mandatory. They might not be verbose yet they tend to have their own maneuvers while they deliver discipline to their children’s lives. It is only fundamental that we will walk their shoes one day.
The film further explores the practices in Indian culture and the influence of it to the much later westernization of those immigrant Indians who leave their homeland in search of a better tomorrow and a better life in the States. It focuses on racism, caste system, religious practices and the abyss of human suffering. It shows the struggles of all the people that want to reject the so called monotonous incommunicable lives and live as free people, people who believe that if you ask the universe for something you will get it. You just have to believe.
One can feel the chills through their spine when they read this story. Ever so refreshing it has a numbing yet beautifully liberating feeling to it. The unfathomable reason to believe in magic and its charms portrayed by the protagonist Sanjay changes the complete dimension of the story. Sanjay’s holistic approach to life is facilitating him to embark on a journey whose outcome is not known to him. But it is during this journey that he comes across self-discovery and also he takes a chance in mending the conjecture and disbelief which his son Jami goes through.
The story is about faith, it is about the value system of all cultures that clutches our roots and keeps us up on our feet, and it is the story of a believer. It finds a way to imagination and it idealizes the power of love. The commitment that we put into achieving things that would not give us joy, robs us of a universe full of chances.
The truth is the more you try to accept your truth instead of running away from it, the more at peace you will be. The story of Finding Superman will light up and nurture your heart. It will teach you the fundamentals of forgiveness and will teach you to value time and emotion. It will make you fall in love with your parents, with your roots, with your faith. All in all, this script deserves to be there in the form of a film so that its audience gets to witness the magic on screen.
Let it light your heart.
Dr. Nabadipa Talukder is a doctor by profession with a passion for creative writing and has been into digital content writing for almost 5 years now. She practiced as a dental professional for two years in Kolkata before she quit her job in order to pursue a career in writing. Nabadipa was exposed to the freedom to write for various fronts which opened up her mind and introduced her to the world of screenplay and script writing. She wishes to travel and understand various cultures and wishes to write their stories.