Anyway, it all comes to a head on one evening - Reena calls Girish over for an evening dinner date (as reward for helping her paint the house), the society is watching the India-Pak match, and Reena gets THE telegram - '... missing... presumed dead...'
If it was possible, Reena becomes even more sad-looking. This little 15-minute period is not so bad from a cinematic point of view, with some sensitive direction and decent acting by Raveena. Of course, Indian cinema hasn't quite had the guts for sad endings since the great Guru Dutt, barring a few exceptions, so there's a decently believable ending.
The genius of Aamir Khan combined two of the nation's great passions successfully. Stumped
is what Lagaan
might have been, if it was made by a hot-blooded, hormonal, impressionable teenager. Cricket may be the opiate of the masses, but God knows we've had an overdose. Even war had to share the stage with this game.