BOLLYWOOD FILM OF THE WEEK
Producer - Director: Mehul Kumar;
Cast: Raveena Tandon, Maoj Bajpai, Sanjay Kapoor, Baby Hansika Motwani, Puru Raj Kumar, Akhilendra Mishra, Manoj Joshi, Mushtaq Khan, Sahib Bela, Ganesh Yadav, Chirag Vohra, Pratima Kazi, Asha Singh, Rajendra Sethi
Director Mehul has picked on a sensitive social issue based on a true incident that occurred in August 2002. The movie has no songs but strong dialogues. The director has tried to deal with a difficult subject, just as he had done in his earlier films like the Nana Patekar-Dimple Kapadia starrer 'Krantiveer' or 'Tirangaa' which had Nana and Raj Kumar in stellar roles. Dialogues by K. K. Singh play a major role in highlighting the agony, just as the cold-blooded violence does. Here it is Manoj's acting that holds one spellbound.
Young disabled ten-year old disabled girl Shruti gets late when in school when she is locked up accidentally in her school. When she boards the local train to go home, three young drug addicts follow her in. They brutally rape the girl in the rail compartment in the presence of three witnesses - a woman and her daughter, and an old man. The girl brought to hospital in an unconscious state succumbs to her injuries in the presence of her parents Shrikant and Shraddha before they can do anything. Kripa Shankar, an honest cop is given charge of the case. While hunting for the rapists, the deep-rooted hatred between the three criminals on the one hand and Kripa Shankar on the other comes to the fore. The investigations reveal the connections of the rapists with powerful people in the state. The rapists are ultimately trapped when Shraddha wears seductive clothes and boards the same compartment, watched by the same eyewitnesses. As expected the three young men pounce on her and after some grappling, the assailants are killed- one by the mother, one by the father and the third by the cop