BOLLYWOOD FILMS OF THE WEEK
Producer-Director: Raj Kumar Santoshi;
Music: Ram Sampat;
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai, Tusshar Kapoor, Atul Kulkarni
Expectedly, Raj Kumar Santoshi comes up with a strong film after 'Lajja', with a gripping script and a good cast. The film is action-filled and fast moving. Sridhar Raghavan's story with screenplay by him and Santoshi is very fast paced. Amitabh towers over his co-stars and the scenes of confrontation between him and his adversary are very moving. Ajay with his suspicious aura creates a terrifying doubt in the hearts of the audiences, proving he is capable of strong acting. Deputy Commissioner of Police Anant Srivastav is an honest police officer who is on the verge of retirement and is getting ready to get his daughter married. But he is closely watched by Senior Inspector Shekhar Verma who is corrupt, even as he gets a lot of support from his immediate juniors Inspector Sachdev and Inspector Ashwin Apte. The other policeman, Inspector Angere, is a mystery man. They have been entrusted with the job of bringing dreaded ISI agent Iqbal Ansari from Chandangarh to Mumbai for a court hearing, which is virtually a suicide mission since an earlier team had been blown to bits by terrorists when they tried to bring the terrorist to Mumbai. They are being helped by social worker Mahalaxmi. They are forced to not only fight a terrorist groups but also corruption within their ranks. Srivastav feels he is a loser, and he is forced to work and succeeds in his assignment on the very day when his daughter is to marry.
Producer: Mandeep Singh;
Director: Vikram Bhatt;
Music: Rajesh Roshan;
Lyrics: Dev Kohli, Ibrahim Ashq, Maya Govind, Nasir Faraaz, Chandrashekhar Rajit
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham, Bipasha Basu, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Tom Alter, Pramod Moutho, Shruti Ulfat, AliAsghar, Firdaus Mewawalla, Mickey Dhamjani
This week has seen the release of two films starring megastar Amitabh Bachchan portraying two entirely different characters. In this film based on James Foley's 'Fear', Vikram Bhatt has attempted to capitalise on the success of 'Jism' by repeating John and Bipasha as the lead pair. Screenplay writers Robin Bhatt and Sanjeev Duggal have helped to build the tension slowly to a strong climax. Amitabh is superb, and Bipasha and John are good. Music is good, and songs include 'Tum mujhe bas yun hee', and the title song. Ria is the apple of her father Dr Ranvir Malhotra's eye. Both father and daughter share lovely and treasured moments together though Ria finds her father's attitude somewhat possessive at times. Problems arise when Ria falls in love with Aryan, who is very different from Dr Malhotra's idea of an ideal match for his daughter. Aryan is wild, unpredictable, and obsessively overpowering and has some habits like visiting prostitutes, something Ria is not aware of. Her father sees Ria falling into the trap and tries to stop her but she wants to have her own way. Dr Malhotra finds out the truth about Aryan from a newspaper cutting and confronts him. But Aryan lures Ria and makes her feel that loving her is his only aim in life. Ultimately Ria discovers that he is a psychopath but is rescued by her own father.