(Last Updated on : 28/03/2014)
Parzania (2007) is an Indian movie that is directed by Rahul Dholakia. Parzania stars Naseeruddin Shah
, Sarika, Corin Nemec, Raj Zutshi and Asif Basra. The film has been penned down by David N. Donihue. Parzania is available in both English and Hindi.
Parzania is adapted from a real life story of 10-year-old Parsi boy, Azhar Mody, who disappeared during the communal riots in Gujarat on 28th February 2002. In the film the kid is known as Parzaan. Parzania is entirely inspired from the true unpleasant incidents that happened during the communal riots in Ahmedabad.
The plot of Parzania revolves around Allan (Corin Nemec), an American. He arrives at city of Ahmedabad (Gujarat) in the hope that he will get answers of his own disturbed life. The complexities are interlinked to the disturbances that are prevalent in the society as well. He is supposed to find out more about India and Gandhiji's ideals about non-violence and others. On a trip like this Allan comes across Cyrus and his affectionate family. Cyrus's Parsi family consists of his wife Shernaz (Sarika), son Parzan (Parzan Dastur) and daughter Dilshad (Pearl Barsiwala). It is with their help and an Indian scholar that Allan is able to find out his answers and finally gains his peace of mind.
All hell breaks loose when one fine day a train carrying 58 Hindus (the 'Karsevaks') returning from a pilgrimage was burnt alive by Muslim extremists. Within 24 hours of this incident riots break out in different pars of the city. The situation grows worse as innocent men, women and children fall prey to violence. Amidst all the hostility and violence Parzan disappears as his identity is mistaken. He is thought to be a Muslim.
Parzan does not return home and his father, Cyrus sets out to search for him. As he passes through the city he is horrified and fights to maintain his own sanity so that he can find more about his son. The film focuses on the anxiety and the pain that the family undergoes. On the other hand Allan is once again perplexed with the present situation. His life is once again posed with the same questions for which he had found out answers. He finds no reasoning in the mindless butchering of the numerous people. Parzan is still missing and the people are dissatisfied with the official explanations that are being given out through press and media. Even after several explanations there are no answers for the missing child and no consolation for the distraught family.
Parzania has a star cast that is undoubtedly impressive. Performances by Naseeruddin Shah and Sarika as the parents suffering from the angst of losing their little boy are simply brilliant. Sarika's heart touching performance won her the National Award. The film also fetched international accolades.
Parzania won the following awards:
Silver Lotus Award for Best Actress - Sarika (2006)
Golden Lotus Award for Best Direction - Rahul Dholakia (2006)