HAEMOLYMPH – The invisible Blood
Producer: Tikatbari and AB Films Entertainment in association with Adiman Films
Director: Sudarshan Gamare
Cast: Riyaz Anwar, Rohit Kokate, Datta Jadhav, Neelam Kulkarni, Ruchira jadhav, Sunil Tambe and Sagar Pable
Released in theatres.
By Jyothi Venkatesh
Based on Abdul Wahid Shaikh, one of the accused of the 7/11 Mumbai serial train blast case, the movie traces his nine-year-long incarceration on false charges, acquittal and everything that happens in the due course. The blasts were a dark truth in the life of common people affected by it. The incident also ruined the life of a school teacher named Wahid, who was one of the total 13 accused arrested by Maharashtra ATS, who wasted 9 years of his life in jail for a crime he did not commit. This adversity hit not only him but his entire family.
Anurag Samant, who was in a coma at Hinduja Hospital for nine years, is said to be the last victim of the blast, who ultimately succumbed to his injuries. This one common man’s death along with many others compel us to think, is this the fate of our lives to be trampled like ants? Generally, the blood of these innocent common beings crushed by the system is never noticed but there is Haemolymph.
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Wahid was alleged to have sheltered four Pakistanis at his Mumbra house, and he is time and again pressured to confess. There are many like him, including some who cave in. Wahid does not, and after being questioned, is mercilessly beaten up and threatened on various occasions and finally taken into judicial custody along with 12 other men. They find their way around prison life and fight for justice with the help of Advocate Shahid Azmi (whose life Hansal Mehta’s Shahid was based on).
As Wahid waits for his hearing and the verdict, he completes his journalism course and studies law in prison, helping some others wrongfully charged find justice. In real life too, he continues to so and authored the book Begunah Qaidi during his time in Mumbai’s Arthur Rd Jail. The film stands out as a class apart by the performance of Riyaz Anwar who essays the role of Abdul Wahid Shaikh and steals the scene with his sheer presence as well as body language. Mujtaba Aziz Naza has done exemplary background score. Mention also ought to be made of Rohit Kokate, who plays his middle brother, Javed Shaikh. Wahid’s wife Sajida Shaikh (Ruchira Jadhav) face is not even revealed once as she’s a naqabi in real life and the director cleverly shows her in a veil all along or through over-the-shoulder shots or her back towards the camera.
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While the gory scenes of the blasts itself are mercifully skipped, the film maker makes up for it with the torture scenes—full-back bared and thrashed, and other methods that seem distressingly real, apart from all the expletives hurled at Wahid. Though the DOP Rohan Rajan Mapuskar has indeed done a very commendable job, the editing by HM leaves a lot to be desired.
However, all said and done, I’d say that Haemolymph is a hard-hitting tale that sticks to its real purpose of narrating the unbelievable story of Abdul Wahid Shaikh. However, the movie is not for the weak-hearted especially since you are bound to leave the cinema house after watching the film with a heavy heart.