Abbas-Mustan - Director / Anu Malik - Music
Not credited - Lyrics / Running time: 3 hours 1 minute
First and foremost, I'd like to give my reader and good friend Mark a big thanks for the film we're about to analyze! Mark has graciously lent me the DVD from his own collection so that we might all share in it's SRKness. We've got quite a show ahead of us here, and it does get a little rough. However, I rather enjoyed the film and I think you'll make it through without too much emotional trauma.
I'm experimenting a bit with some new media types in this article. There are several links to MPEG snips from the movie when I think there's something that just can't be described with text. You'll know them when you see them. Most media players can display MPEG files, but if you encounter any problems, let me know. Most of them are approximately 5MB in size, so they're probably best suited for broadband users.
One little word of warning before we begin. Starting with Page 19, some of the screen images get a little bloody. In addition to that, the description of the fight that is taking place (teeny little spoiler there) is a little rough. I toned it down as best I could, but I just thought I'd offer a little heads-up that this film gets rather violent in the last act.
That being said, there are quite a few repeat performers in this picture. First, we've got Shah Rukh Khan in a villainous role. He's also been seen here at AoM in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (in a Shorts feature), Karan Arjun, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (in another Shorts feature), Main Hoon Na (that's right - a Shorts feature), and Ram Jaane. SRK's bad guys are always fun for me to watch, since the first impression I had of SRK was Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, in which he played the consummate romantic and comedic role. He's a far cry from that this time out, and has quite a score to settle. This is one of his entries from his "bad guy" phase, which also included Darr and Anjaam. There's a good chance we'll be seeing those in future articles.
Next up is Ms. Shilpa Shetty, last seen as Balli's ladyfriend Tara in Jung. One little fact I'd like to point out is that this was Ms. Shetty's first movie!
Also with us is the always enjoyable Kajol, who has been seen in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Dushman, Gupt, Karan Arjun, and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Once again paired up with SRK, I expected them to be the ultimate wonder-couple, but... saying much more here will ruin the suspense.
Dalip Tahil also joins us today, having been with us previously in Gupt as Mr. Chaudhary, the sleazy businessman. As you'll soon see, he's not doing much to play against this typecasting. He's also been seen in Mast as the misguided Kittu's father.
We're not done yet! We also have the always downtrodden and unfortunate Rahkee Gulzar. This poor woman has played the same role in every movie: the mother of children who go on to have horrible, horrible things happen to, or because of them. We're not out of the woods with this one. You can also see her troubles in Khal Nayak and Karan Arjun.
In a minor role we have Siddharth, last seen as Madan, one of the Sleaze Brothers in Jaani Dushman. I'm happy to report that this time he's not raping anyone, and is instead serving the public trust as a police officer. So therefore, he's just beating people up.
Last but certainly not least, we have the ever-present Johnny Lever. This guy really needs an entry on the Cast page, since he's been in about 50% of the movies I've seen out of India. Let's look at his Army of Monkeys resume: Jaani Dushman, Karan Arjun, Andaaz, and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Not too shabby. I'll give him credit this time though, his character in this movie is actually pretty funny most of the time. In a movie that gets as heavy as this one does, his jokes are a welcome break.
For this outing, we have on the roster:
|Ajay Sharma/Vicky Malhotra (Shah Rukh Khan) - It's hard to go into too much detail here without getting ahead of ourselves, but he's a very dedicated son, racecar driver, and businessman. Not necessarily in that order.|
|Seema Chopra (Shilpa Shetty) - A very happy and well-adjusted girl, attending college and dating Ajay in secret. She is also Priya's sister.|
|Priya Chopra (Kajol) - Seema's sister and also a college student, eventually dating Vicky. One already see somewhat where this could lead to some awkward dinner conversations.|
|Madan Chopra (Dalip Tahil) - Seema and Priya's dad. He's also a very tricky businessman, whose past may soon be coming back to haunt him. You reap what you sow, buddy.|
|Karan (Siddharth) - An old schoolmate of Priya's, now a police inspector.|
|Ajay's Mom (Rahkee Gulzar) - Traumatized and ill for most of her life, she's living as a shut-in and is supported by Ajay.|
|Young Ajay (Master Sumeet) - Well, he's Ajay. Only younger.|
|Babulal (Johnny Lever) - A very forgetful head servant. I'll admit, he actually got me to laugh a few times in this one.|
If you wake up to find that Rahkee Gulzar is your mother, you know you're headed for an interesting day.