CRAZY OLD FOOLS
There’s a peculiar likeness between Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) of Alexander Payne’s Nebraska and Bauji (Sanjay Mishra) in Rajat Kapoor’s Ankhon Dekhi. Both are lost souls in a lost world. Woody’s much older, hence easier to dismiss as senile (with a King Lear-esque fuzziness about him). Bauji still works at a crummy travel agency selling foreign tours to strangers over the phone—the distance between the dreams he peddles and his own reality almost as impossible as the meeting of two parallel lines. When the boss asks him where he’s actually travelled, he can only think of Vaishno Devi. This proves to be a little problematic after he takes the drastic decision to stop believing things he hasn’t seen for himself.