swades will perhaps get an oscar althought I doubt it. gowariker has picked a brilliant premise but the execution is not very good. the film could have been much better and the screenplay and direction is quite lacking. lagaan was brilliant but swades is a brave attempt on a great premise but it's not so powerful. the scene of srk goin to see the tenant and the water is absolutely incredible. that's great direction and acting and culmination. however, one scene will not save a movie... gowariker has done an eastern film with a western touch or command. there's no true expression of spirit and soul in the film. it's too concrete and material. i think ashutosh was too concentrated on how to win an oscar instead of making a great great film. however, oscar ppl do love the theme of human spirit and unity and especially reality in hindi films. it has a chance... though i doubt it... why couldn't they make a better film!! this had the chance to be perhaps the greatest film in the last 10-15 yrs... but it was not done. first 30 mins are great... few scenes are great... srk actually finally gets a chance to prove to the tons of other ppl that he is a true actor although he already was. this just diversifies his talents in the public's eyes. gowariker did not give much scope to the characters... he's better than that... oh well... we'll have to wait and see... but i'm quite interested in how ppl are finding this film so great. it's decent or slightly good but not a great masterpiece by any measure.
if there is a gap between the finite (us) and the infinite, music at least makes one believe not only that there is an infinite, but that he can reach it -- for he can feel it. fire, bliss, and conviction are the plants arising from seeds of music. music is a beautiful, beautiful thing.