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AGNI PANKH:

Producer: Dhilin Mehta, Seema Kar
Director: Sunjiv Puri
Music: Prittam
Lyrics: Sandeep Nath, Ravi Basnet
Cast: Jimmy Shergill, Rahul Dev, Sameer Dharmadhikari, Shamita Shetty, Richa Pallod, Divya Dutta, Kiran Kumar, Shrivallabh Vyas, Sunjiv Puri, Akshay Anand, Anang Desai, Vishwajeet Pradhan, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Adil Rana, Vrajesh Hirjee, Ashish Vidyarthi.

This is probably the first that that a film has been made to tell the story of the valiant fighters in the Indian Air Force, since 'Vijeta' which came more than 20 years ago. But the film has failed to achieve the desired effect because of a bad script, unlike the films made by filmmakers like J P Dutta. The film also appears to move on too many tracks instead of sticking to the main story. However, some sequences have been executed very well. Only Jimmy seems to work as an actor and Rahul is wasted.

Siddharth is a flamboyant fighter pilot who always attracts the opposite sex. He is always clashing with Sameer, another fighter pilot, and Vishal who is a senior flying officer and is the arbitrator between the two. Anjana, a tomboy and helicopter pilot, secretly loves Sameer but is unable to say so openly. Her friends are Surbhi, who does not like flying or pilots but appears to change her mind after meeting Siddharth, and Nupur. When war is announced, Siddharth and Sameer are taken prisoners of war by the enemy. They meet Vishal, who is considered dead, but is in fact hiding from Pakistani soldiers. The three then plan their escape from enemy territory.

AB TAK CHHAPPAN:

Producer: Varma Corporation, K Sera Sera
Director: Shimit Amin
Music: Salim Suleman
Cast: Nana Patekar, Revathy, Nakul Vaid, Yashpal Sharma, Prasad Purandare, Jeeva, Kunal Vijaykar, Mohan Agashe, Hrishita Bhatt.

Coming from Ram Gopal Varma's production group, the film like his others challenge the general conception of cinema and is generally above average. It is the Los Angeles-based Shimit's first film as director but he handles it competently. It is again a take-off on the story of encounter specialist Daya Nayak. But perhaps the audiences have had too much of this type of cinema and therefore it fails to enthuse the average critic. The film is extremely realistic and often with four-letter words that may not go down well with the viewers. Vishal Sinha's cinematography is very good and so is Parvez Khan's action. Nana gives an excellent performance while Jeeva and Prasad are also very good.

Set in Mumbai, it revolves around the Crime Branch of Mumbai Police. Sadhu Agashe leads a highly competitive and selective team of encounter cops under Commissioner Pradhan, whose mission is to eradicate crime from Mumbai. He is often caught between the gang wars of Raj Shekhar and Zameer, with whom he develops an understanding. Taking advantage of the strife and resentment amidst the officers in the Crime Branch, Imtiyaz Sidiqui who is vying for Sadhu Agashe's position misleads the new commissioner Suchak and Sadhu is accused of crime and becomes a fugitive. Even his wife is murdered. Now he has to prove his innocence and catch the guilty, for which he takes the help of those he was trying to eliminate.


 
 

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