View single post by katoagogo
 Posted: Thu Oct 1st, 2009 04:50 am
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I only recently saw this fllm on DVD.  I LOVED it.

What I found most intriguing, however, was that structurally the story's protagonist was not the younger brother who wins -- it was the older brother story.

This was a story about how the older brother learns (at last) to not simply serve himself - but sacrifice in order to allow the happiness of others.

If you look at the structure that defines plot and subplot - where any choice made by the main character will be shown - and events of the subplot and supporting cast are unseen until relevant to the main plot - then it is clearly the older brother's story.

We don't ever see the younger brother choose to go on the game show - his choice is implied - or the younger brother choosing to return to Mumbai - just the brothers returning.

The choices we do watch happen are those involving the older brother - when he chooses to abondon the girl on the train, when he chooses to save his brother from being blinded, when he chooses to take the girl from his younger brother, and when he chooses to allow his brother's happiness.

This is not a rags-to-riches tale - it is a story about learning to put the benefit of others before your own.