Nicely shot film, but what annoyed me no end was the simplification of the communal issue. I do not think communalism can be toyed with to lend an aesthetic backdrop to a story of two people. More than being politically incorrect, what it does is to push a complex and brutal reality under the carpet of an abiding humanism. To me, this is criminal. Aparna Sen's flirtation with the political has been a consitent problem. She does not need to make a political film if she chooses not to, but to sprinkle these issues like exotic garnishing throughout her films, to make them look socially relevant, is a bit hard to swallow.
I loved "Company", but I do see that you would not have the vantage that we, in India, who regularly watch bollywood seem to have. Ramgopal Varma brought something quite unusual into the gangster genre. Other than mixing the realist and the non-realist, he demolished the high moral ground of Hindi films as also its stereotypical portrayal of the police and the gangster. The good and the bad, had been types - clearly identifiable by the clothes they are made to wear, the language they speak in and the moral decisions and the resultant actions that are attributed to them. The police have been depicted either as completely corrupt or self-righteous martyrs; gangsters as symbols of the society's rot or inherently good souls led astray. Varma's films do not offer us such black and white sterotypes. They do not allow us to judge, to take an all-too-comfortable moral position vis-a-vis his characters, whether they happen to be the police or the gangsters. Crime in "Company" is corporatised, almost functioning as flawlessly and efficiently like a multinational company. That is what makes the films morally ambiguous. A job is well or badly done, by the police and the gangster alike. Unable to occupy a high moral ground, it makes you awfully uncomfortable.
The chap who wrote "Satya" for Ramgopal Varma has gone on to make "Black Friday"