Merrymaking in forest

Jangal Mein Mangal (merrymaking in a forest or to be exact, a deserted place) is an entertaining movie which I am reviewing due to the inspiration of my dear friend and esteemed reviewer Mazhar Nawaz. Sincere thanks Mazhar Bhai for encouraging me to pen the review of this underrated and forgotten entertainer of the seventies.05_57_31_vcd jungal mein mangalJangal Mein Mangal (1972) is a movie set completely in a forest (practchandru021y at Periyaar wildlife sanctuary, Thekkadi, Kerala) where two different groups of students reach a common Govt. guest house. One group contains all male students led by a strict disciplinarian – (retd.) Colonel M.K. Das (Pran) and the other one contains all female students led by equally strict disciplinarian – Professor Laxmi (Sonia Saahni). Quite naturally, romantic and comic encounters are there between the two groups as well as between their male-female leader duo. But the rom-com is intermixed with a crime thriller also containing smuggling and murder tracks. After losing one beloved member from each group, the male-female groups are able to unmask the culprits.

Jangal Mein Mangal starts very interestingly with animation pictures alongwith which the credits appear on the screen. And the entertainment starts immediately after the credits end, with the entry of the caretaker of the Govt. guest house (Paintal) who welcomes the female group. Promptly thereafter the female group comes across the male group and the colourful interactions take the viewer into their grip.

Since there are two groups of students shown, the movie contains a plethora of characters. Pran is all-pervasive, for quite surprisingly and interestingly, he has been given a double role. Alongwith the leader of the male group – Colonel M.K. Das, he has played the role of a student in his group too, named as Raghu. Though young romantic pair of Kiran Kumar and Reena Roy is there, in my opinion, the script is the hero in this movie and not any character. There are many twists and turns in the movie which does not bore the viewer at any place. The horror, suspense and thrill has been kept intact for the ending reels and the major part of the movie has been dedicated to the rom-com, containing teasings, games and songs. The scene in which love sprouts between Colonel Das and Professor Laxmi tickles all the romantic hearts.

On the flip side, the villains seem to be outdated and over the top. Some characters are just like caricatures and some sequences (especially the sequence of the boys disguising themselves as girls and mingling with the girls) are not reliable. However since they serve the purpose of comedy, the director can be excused for them. Overall, the direction of Rajendra Bhatia is strictly okay and the script seems to be better than the direction. The murders in the final reels seem to be unnecessarily imposed on the story and they could have been avoided. The revelation of the identity of the murderer (who has been shown as scaring the forest-guests by masquerading as a ghost) does not spring any surprise which is the weakness of the direction.tumblr_mcvzufOiRr1qlzsfyo1_1351904560_coverShankar-Jaikishan with the help of amusing lyrics of Hasrat and Neeraj, have composed hilarious music for the movie which is in perfect sync with the mood of the movie. Kishore’s romantic song – Tum Kitni Khoobsurat Ho, Ye Mere Dil Se Poochho is definitely the best song of the album. However Aye Baag Ki Kaliyon Sharam Karo & Aawaara Bhanwaron Sharam Karo are a treat to watch on the screen. Other songs are also good. I personally like Kal Ki Na Karo Baat sung by Kishore Da very much.

Pran has got the maximum footage in his double role and this villain of yesteryears has excelled like anything. He has won the audience’s heart with two different kinds of performances in two entirely different roles – one of an old man and one of a young man. The complete youth brigade of the movie (Kiran Kumar, Narendra Nath, Reena Roy, Meena T., Jayshree T. and likewise) alongwith Sonia Saahni have done pretty well. Paintal is also good. Meena Roy (played the role of a nun accompanying the girls’ group), Chandrashekhar and Bharat Kapoor have also done satisfactorily. The baddies are disappointing. However a legendary actor like Balraj Saahni has been wasted in the role of an imprisoned Christian priest who is also the father of the nun.indexJangal Mein Mangal is a long forgotten movie which provides wholesome entertainment in the style of Bollywood during the seventies. It’s a spicy masala flick which is a treat for a typical Bollywood movie viewer. I wholeheartedly recommend this movie to all the entertainment-seekers. Come on, join the characters of the movie in Jangal (forest) and go for Mangal (enjoyment) with them.

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Maestros join hands to create a musical aura

Bollywood’s greatest showman and legendary filmmaker Raj Kapoor started his own production house and his journey as a film director with Aag (1948). However he wanted to make a complete team of himself which could continue for years like a strong and well-coordinated unit and moreover like a family. He wanted it especially in terms of music because he put a heavy premium on the musical score of his movies. This team he could make with his second production as well as directorial venture – Barsaat (1949). With Barsaat, an aura of melodious music started in Bollywood whose nucleus was Raj Kapoor and his production house – R.K. Banner. Raj Kapoor’s musical team included lyricists – Hasrat Jaipuri and Shailendra, music composers – Shankar Jaikishan and singers – Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh. Starting from Barsaat, this music making team presented many great albums to the music lovers containing several immortal songs.Barsaat (rain) tells the story of two friends – Pran (Raj Kapoor) who believes in true love and Gopal(Premnaath) who believes in ‘enjoy and forget’ philosophy. These two friends are roaming about countryside when they happen to meet two different girls. Pran falls for the charms of Reshma (Nargis) whereas Gopal comes across Neela (Nimmi). Pran decides to unite with Reshma against all odds but Gopal ignores Neela after returning to the city these two friends belong to. Neela keeps the flame of Gopal’s love as burning in her heart while waiting for him in her small, old house situated on a hill. After a lot of sentimental drama, Pran is able to make Reshma his life partner whereas Gopal realizes the importance of true love in a man’s life but he is able to come back to Neela only when it’s too late.The movie is very touching and a beautifully made one. Director Raj Kapoor had started demonstrating his skill in making heart-conquering love stories right from his debut venture – Aag. In this second venture of himself, he has gone a few steps farther and presented a mesmerizing love-soaked narrative which contains two different love stories – one with a happy ending and the other one being a tragedy. Different people have different perceptions of male-female love. The thinking patterns of different ones are bound to be different according to their upbringing and life-experiences. It was as true in that era of the forties as it is true today. Gopal of Barsaat does not believe in true love and feels that philandering with different females is the correct way of life until the eye-opening moment comes for him. It may happen with anybody. My knowledge about romantic love was also academic only until I got someone’s true love for real.

This very well made movie written by Ramanand Sagar (who later on became a very famous movie and TV serial director in his own right) is very interesting and the narrative flows very well. The songs are too many but they do not irritate or bore. Instead they enhance the enjoyment of the viewer like anything just like the icing on a cake. The story meanders through many turns and reaches its heart-piercing climax impressively, leaving a throbbing in the heart of the viewer with the ending scene. I feel, Raj Kapoor could have avoided the tragic ending of the movie and substituted it with a happy ending. However it’s to be admitted that despite appearing somewhat out of place, the tragic ending has made a greater impact than what would have been made by a happy ending for the love story of Gopal and Neela.

As said earlier, the biggest plus point of Barsaat is its music only. Music maestros joined hands for the first time under the stewardship of Raj Kapoor and created an aura which is everlasting. The movie opens with a beautiful song – Hawa Mein Udta Jaaye Mera Laal Dupatta Malmal Ka which has been picturized on a long forgotten actress – Vimla. Thereafter the whole movie is a treat for the music lovers from the side of the composers, the lyricists, the singers and above all, the legendary filmmaker Raj Kapoor. Jiya Beqaraar Hai Chhai Bahaar Hai, Barsaat Mein Humse Mile Tum Sajan Tumse Mile Hum, Mujhe Kisi Se Pyar Ho Gaya, Meri Aankhon Mein Bas Gaya Koi Re, Chhod Gaye Baalam Mujhe Haay Akela Chhod Gaye etc. etc. etc., there’s a long musical river for the listeners to float on the waves of melodies. Barsaat’s music is immortal and will continue to enchant the melody lovers for ages. The movie contains a foot-tapper also – Patli Kamar Hai Tirchhi Nazar Hai on which famous dancer Cuckoo has delivered a mesmerizing performance.

This black and white movie is technically superior. Almost everything is perfect or near perfect. The picturization of certain songs in the rain (being true to the title of the movie) is simply wonderful. Raj Kapoor believed in presenting the songs of his movies on the screen in the most beautiful manner possible, thus making the audience love to watch them again and again. Barsaat is a standing example of this belief and ability of himself.Performances are also brilliant. Raj Kapoor himself was a great actor. And under his own direction, he was truly extra-ordinary. Alongwith himself he has extracted admirable performances from Nargis, Premnaath and debutante Nimmi (who went ahead to play a long and successful innings in Bollywood after this movie). Supporting cast has also done well. Raj Kapoor and Nargis made the most popular and legendary on-screen pair of Indian cinema. A scene from Barsaat with Nargis resting on Raj’s arm became the logo of R.K. Banner displaying the inclination of this banner towards pure love forever.

In the presently running rainy season, it won’t be inappropriate to watch this classic from the black and white era of Hindi cinema whose rain is an inseparable part of. I recommend this blockbuster movie to all the cine-lovers in general and melody lovers in particular. Allow yourself to be drenched in this rain of music, love and emotion.

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Indian rains ! How romantic !

It’s rainy season in India and rains have always been a source of romance, love and emotion for the Bollywood filmmakers. So several great songs have been created in films that fill the male-female hearts with the fragrance of romance and feelings for the opposite sex. However, rains are related to Indian agriculture too. So memorable songs have been created in that perspective also. In this review, I am presenting some memorable Hindi songs created with rain or the rainy season (Saawan) as the backdrop.

I have not included a great song – Pyar Hua Ikraar Hua (Shri 420 – 1955) in this list because I have already included it in my review of romantic Hindi songs.

1. Aha Rimjhim Ke Ye Pyare Pyare Geet Liye, Aayi Raat Suhaani Dekho Preet Liye (Usne Kaha Tha – 1960) : This song is the numero uno in the list of my favourite rain songs. It’s a lovely duet of Talat Mahmood and Lata Mangeshkar which is picturized on Sunil Dutt and Nanda. Shailendra is the lyricist and Salil Chaudhary is the composer. This movie has been made on an immortal story from the Hindi literature, penned by the legendary Hindi literator – Pandit Chandradhar Sharma Guleri. I advise all the melody-lovers as well as literature-lovers to watch (not just listen) this song. You will find the experience as unforgettable and would love to watch this song again to feel the fragrance of the Indian soil in the rainy season, filled with jolliness, enthusiasm and love.

2. Hariyala Saawan Dhol Bajaata Aaya (Do Bigha Zameen – 1953) : As I have said earlier, rains are inseparably associated with Indian agriculture and therefore, it is a source of immense joy for the rural folk, especially peasants. This song is a great song which represents the joy of the Indian villagers when the season of Saawan knocks their doors. It’s a highly melodious and foot tapping song written by Shailendra and composed by Salil Chaudhary. It’s in the voices of Lata, Manna De and chorus. This great song adds to the greatness of the immortal classic movie of Bimal Roy.

3. Barsaat Mein Humse Mile Tum Sajan Tumse Mile Hum Barsaat Mein (Barsaat – 1949) : The memorable song in Raj Kapoor’s super hit movie, the everlasting magic created by the team of Shankar-Jaikishan, Shailendra and Lata (with chorus). Watching this song on screen is also no less an experience which is picturized on debutant Nimmi and others with Raj Kapoor and her beau Prem Nath watching from the background.

4. Zindagi Bhar Nahin Bhoolegi Woh Barsaat Ki Raat (Barsaat Ki Raat – 1960) : The evergreen song of Rafi (also sung by Lata in the movie), sung by Bharat Bhooshan in the movie for the unforgettable drenched beauty of Madhubala, the venus of the Indian screen. It’s penned by Sahir Ludhianvi and composed by Roshan.

5. Saawan Ke Jhoole Pade, Tum Chale Aao (Jurmaana – 1979) : Lata’s great song, penned by Anand Bakshi and composed by Pancham Da (R.D. Burman), picturized on Rakhee. The words and the melody both are great. It’s based on the classical Raag Pahaadi.

6. Saawan Ki Raaton Mein Aisa Bhi Hota Hai (Prem Patra – 1962) : A heart-soothing duet of Talat and Lata from the classic movie of Bimal Roy, picturized on Shashi Kapoor and Saadhna. Lyric’s credit goes to Gulzar and the great melody is the creation of Salil Chaudhary. It’s a song filled with the gusto emerging in the lovers’ hearts in the nights of the rainy season.

7. Rimjhim Ke Geet Saawan Gaaye Gaaye Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein (Anjaana – 1969) : A classic Rafi-Lata duet picturized on Rajender Kumar and Babita. Lyric is of Anand Bakshi and composition is of Laxmikant Pyarelal.

8. Rimjhim Gire Saawan, Sulag Sulag Jaaye Mann (Manzil – 1979) : A very romantic song sung by both Lata and Kishore separately for Moushumi Chatterjee and Amitabh Bachchan respectively. Composed by R.D. Burman and penned by Yogesh.

9. Rimjhim Ke Tarane Le Ke Aayi Barsaat (Kala Bazar – 1960) : A melodious and jovial duet by Geeta Dutt and Mohammad Rafi sung for Waheeda Rehman and Dev Anand, penned by Shailendra and composed by R.D. Burman.

10. Umad Ghumad Kar Aayi Re Ghata (Do Aankhen Baarah Haath – 1957) : A very beautiful lyric penned by Bharat Vyas and composed by Vasant Desai which depicts the gusto and happiness of Indian peasantry with the arrival of thick clouds which create a hope of good rainfall and consequential good crop. It’s an underrated excellent duet of Lata and Manna De.

11. Dum Dum Diga Diga Mausam Bheega Bheega (Chhaliya – 1960) : An unforgettable song of Mukesh, written by Qamar Jalaalabadi and composed by Kalyanji Anandji. Raj Kapoor made it immortal by his outstanding on-screen performance.

12. Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si, Soti Raaton Mein Jaagi Si (Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi – 1958) : One of the best and most popular songs of Kishore Da, penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri and composed by Sachin Da (S.D. Burman). Kishore Kumar not only sang it but virtually immortalized it by performing marvellously on the screen too, singing for his lady-love Madhubala.

13. Jalta Hai Jiya Mera Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein (Zakhmee – 1975) : Kishore-Asha duet full of romance, love and gusto drenched in the rain. Penned by Gauhar Kanpuri, composed by Bappi Lahiri and picturized on Rakesh Roshan and Reena Roy.

14. Ab Ke Sajan Saawan Mein, Aag Lagegi Badan Mein (Chupke Chupke – 1975) : A great romantic song, surprisingly in a memorable comedy of Hindi cinema, sung by Lata picturized on Sharmila Tagore (singing for Dharmendra). Written by Anand Bakshi. Composed by S.D. Burman. The naughty ‘cheh cheh’ appearing intermittently (by Dharmendra) makes this song a treat to listen.

15. Chhatari Na Khol, Ud Jaayegi, Hawa Tez Hai (Do Jhooth – 1975) : A jovial, naughty and teasing duet of Usha Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar, written by M.G. Hashmat and composed by Shankar Jaikishan (in fact, by Shankar only because Jaikishan had passed away some years back). This song has been picturized on Moushumi Chatterjee and Vinod Mehra and very pleasant to watch as well as to listen.

16. Saawan Ka Maheena Pawan Kare Sor (Milan – 1967) : An evergreen duet of Lata and Mukesh, picturized on Nutan and Sunil Dutt, penned by Anand Bakshi and composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal. The situation is that Sunil Dutt is teaching Nutan how to sing. The performances of actors have made it all the more sweet.

17. O Sajna, Barkha Bahaar Aayi (Parakh – 1960) : Lata’s classic song from Bimal Da’s memorable movie, composed by Salil Chaudhary and penned by Shailendra. Picturized on Saadhana.

18. Ghar Aaja Ghir Aaye Badra Saanwariya (Chhote Nawab – 1961) : R.D. Burman composed this great classical song in his maiden venture of composing music. Shailendra has penned it and Lata has sung it with the flare of Hindustani classical music. Picturized on Ameeta. It’s based on Raag Malgunji.

19. Ajahun Na Aaye Baalma, Saawan Beeta Jaaye (Saanjh Aur Savera – 1964) : A classical duet by Rafi and Suman Kalyanpur in the music direction of Shankar Jaikishan. This song is based on Raag Peelu and the emotional lyric has come from the pen of Hasrat Jaipuri. This song has been picturized on Mahmood and Shubha Khote.

20. Lagi Aaj Saawan Ki Phir Wo Jhadi Hai (Chandni – 1989) : Originally I wanted to include this song in my list of sad songs but I am including it here because I feel that it’s a timeless emotional song with the backdrop of rain, hence should be a part of this list only. It’s a song very close to my heart, sung by Suresh Wadkar and emotionally performed by Vinod Khanna on the screen. The highly emotional, pain-soaked words have been written by Anand Bakshi and the melancholy-filled melodious composition has been done by Shiv-Hari (the legendary Santoor player Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and the legendary flute player Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasiya). Yash Chopra has picturized this song with a great intensity of emotion, emerging straight from the depth of a broken heart.

Some additional rain songs which are really memorable are as follows :

1. Jaa Ri Jaa Ri O Kari Badariya (Azaad – 1955) : Lata’s pure classical song whose lyric has been written by Rajendr Krishna and composition has been made by C. Ramchandra. It’s picturized on Meena Kumari.

2. Garjat Barsat Saawan Aayo Re (Barsaat Ki Raat – 1960) : A classical song based on Raag Gour Malhar, sung by Suman Kalyanpur and Kamal Barot, written by Sahir, composed by Roshan and picturized on Shyama and Ratna.

3. Saawan Aaye Ya Na Aaye, Jiya Jab Jhoome Saawan Hai (Dil Diya Dard Liya – 1966) : A melodious joyful Rafi-Asha duet picturized on Dilip Kumar and Waheeda Rehman, written by Shakeel Badayuni and composed by Naushad.

4. Tum Bin Sajan Barse Nayan Jab Jab Baadal Barse (Gaban – 1966) : A touching song which conveys the pain of separation of the loving couple when the rainy season is on. Picturized on Saadhana and Sunil Dutt, this song has been sung by Lata and Rafi. Lyric of high literary value penned by Shailendra has been composed by Shankar Jaikishan.

5. Aaya Saawan Jhoom Ke (Aaya Saawan Jhoom Ke – 1969) : The title song of the movie, sung by Rafi, Lata and chorus, picturized on Dharmendra, Asha Parekh and others. It’s another gem from the team of Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Anand Bakshi.

6. Rama Rama Ghazab Huyi Gawa Re (Naya Zamana – 1971) : A song by Lata, picturized on Hema Malini being drenched in rain (perhaps to exasperate her sex appeal), penned by Anand Bakshi and composed by S.D. Burman. It’s still remembered for the on-screen performance of Hema Malini.

7. Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein, Meethi Meethi Baaton Mein, Aisi Barsaaton Mein (Ajnabee – 1974) : A very good romantic song picturized on Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman getting drenched in the heavy rains. Sung by Kishore and Lata, penned by Anand Bakshi and composed by R.D. Burman.

8. Tumhen Geeton Mein Dhalunga, Saawan Ko Aane Do (Saawan Ko Aane Do – 1979) : A very sweet duet sung by Kalyani Mitra and Jaspal Singh, picturized on Zarina Wahab and Arun Govil. The heart-touching lyric has been written by Gauhar Kanpuri and the melodious tune is the composition of Rajkamal.

9. Jhirmir Jhirmir Saawan Aayo (Payal Ki Jhankaar – 1980) : A melodious rain song containing the fragrance of the Indian soil whose beautiful words penned by Maya Govind have been strung into heart-conquering composition by Raj Kamal. Sulakshana Pandit, Anand Kumar and chorus have sung it and Komal Mahuvakar, Alankar and others have performed on it.

10. Kahan Se Aaye Badra (Chashm-E-Buddoor – 1981) : A memorable duet sung by Hemanti Shukla and Yesudas, written by Indu Jain and composed by Rajkamal. It’s picturized on Deepti Naval and Farooq Sheikh.

11. Megha Re Megha Re, Matt Pardes Ja Re (Pyaasa Sawan – 1981) : A very romantic duet in rain sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Suresh Wadkar and filmed on Moushumi Chatterjee and Jeetendra. Santosh Anand’s lyric has been composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal.

12. Aaj Rapat Jaayen To Hamen Na Uthaiyo (Namak Halaal – 1982) : A joyful Kishore-Asha duet with surprisingly pleasant jovial acting by late Smita Patil with Amitabh Bachchan. It’s been written by Anjaan and composed by Bappi Lahari.

13. Baadal Yun Garajta Hai, Darr Kuchh Aisa Lagta Hai (Betaab – 1983) : A melodious chartbuster duet of Lata and Shabbeer Kumar, picturized on debutant romantic pair of Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh, written by Anand Bakshi and composed by R.D. Burman.

14. Parbat Se Kaali Ghata Takraai (Chaandni – 1989) : I missed to include it in my review of rain songs. Sridevi and Rishi Kapoor have performed brilliantly on the mesmerizing voices of Asha Bhonsle and Vinod Rathod. Music maestros – Shiv-Hari have composed the melody for the lyric of Anand Bakshi.

15. Rimjhim Rimjhim Runjhun Runjhum, Bheegi Bheegi Roott Mein, Tum Hum Hum Tum, Chalte Hain (1942, A Love Story – 1994) : A melodious duet by Kavita Krishnamurthy and Kumar Sanu, picturized on Manisha Koirala and Anil Kapoor, penned by Javed Akhtar and composed by R.D. Burman.

16. Aakhir Tumhen Aana Hai, Zara Der Lagegi (Yalgaar – 1992) : An emotional duet in rain, sung by Udit Narayan and Sapna Mukherjee, picturized on Sanjay Dutt and Naghma, penned by Sudarshan Faakir and composed by Channi Singh.

17. Ghode Jaisi Chaal Haathi Jaisi Dumm, O Saawan Raja Kahaan Se Aaye Tum (Dil To Pagal Hai – 1997) : A highly melodious duet by Lata and Udit Narayan, picturized on Madhuri Dixit and Shah Rukh Khan in the direction of Yash Chopra. Uttam Singh has composed this lyric of Anand Bakshi.

18. Ghanan Ghanan Ghan Ghir Aaye Badra (Lagaan – 2001) : Lyric of Javed Akhtar, composed by A.R. Rehman for this much acclaimed movie of Aamir Khan has been jointly sung by singers like Sukhwinder Singh, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Shaan and Shankar Mahadevan.

Finally, I feel that the classic romantic song of Kishore Da – Roop Tera Mastana, Pyar Mera Deewana, Bhool Koi Humse Na Ho Jaaye (Aradhana – 1969) (which got omitted from my review of romantic songs) can also be linked to rainfall because it takes place in the situation of a rainy night. It’s a composition of S.D. Burman with the lyric coming from the pen of Anand Bakshi. Rajesh Khanna sings it for his lady-love Sharmila Tagore in the movie.

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Hunger ! Injustice ! And Bullet !

Bollywood cannot boast of many quality movies made on the issue of Naxalism. In the new millennium, the first good Hindi movie made upon this ever burning issue of rural India was Lal Salaam (2002) starring Nandita Das and Sharad Kapoor. After eight long years, another movie dealing with this subject came which can quite justifiably be termed as a movie with a soul. This highly admirable movie is Red Alert (2010). Made in 2009 and getting acclaims and rewards at national and international level, this movie could get a theatrical release in India in 2010 only.The story revolves around a poor tiffin-supplier in rural Andhra Pradesh, Narsimha (Suneel Shetty) who just wants to earn some additional bucks to support his family consisting of his wife Uma (Bhagyashree) and two children. However destiny drags him into the Naxalite group led by Velu Anna (Ashish Vidyarthi), the mastermind behind the group being Krishnaraj (Vinod Khanna). Despite playing an active role in their adventures, he is never with them by heart. Being always concerned for the welfare of not only his own family but also hundreds of innocents being killed, he ultimately succeeds in redeeming himself of the shackles of the Naxalite activities but not without the wounds leaving permanent scars on his tender and sensitive heart.

Director Anant Mahadevan made many third class movies during the first few years of the new millennium. After a long wait, he finally came up with an outstanding movie in the form of Red Alert. It is said that behind every successful man, there is a woman. The woman behind this success of him is Aruna Raje, unarguably one of the most talented lady directors of Indian cinema. She has written a highly sensitive and utterly realistic script which Anant has ably directed. The grip of the narrative upon the viewer is nowhere loosened. The viewer just keeps on watching for around two hours, holding his breath. This movie is nothing less than an edge of the seat thriller.

The narrator has presented the side of both the conflicting groups, that is, the government and the Naxalites, quite honestly, impartially and frankly. He has presented a very pertinent question that though the hunger and the injustice lead the poor villagers to take the path of bullet and they are correct in their own right, yet what’s the use of winning the battles and losing the war. Yes, there is difference between terrorism and revolution but should this revolution be allowed to last for decades and centuries without any hope for the ultimate victory ? The first prerequisite of a worthwhile and well-justified revolution is the clear-cut aim behind it. When the aim itself is not clear, just running a parallel government type organization in the name of revolution is nothing but deceiving yourself and others who have faith in you.

The narrator has exposed the hypocrisy of the self-acclaimed revolutionary leaders too, always talking big and preaching ideals but totally indifferent, selfish and inhuman when dealing with the individuals working for them. The attitude of Aashish Vidyarthi towards Suneel Shetty reflects the huge difference between what these so-called revolutionary leaders publicize as their deeds and what they actually do. His right hand, Sunil Sinha proclaims that words have more power than guns but his activities don’t follow his lips.

The narrator has proficiently inter-knitted the human relations, sentiments and interactions in this hot topic of this movie, making this realistic movie look utterly human as well.

Like Priyamani was shown as raped by the policemen in the police station in Raavan (2010), Sameera Reddy has been shown as raped by the same uniformed people in the same venue in this movie. And this is the bitter truth of rural (even urban) India which again forces me to think why the Indian police stations are rape stations? What is this strange trait of the police or military uniform which arouses the beast in the wearing male, turning him into the predator, ever ready to pounce upon its poor prey, that is, the female? Any answers?

Many scenes of this movie are reminiscent of Maachis (1996), the controversial movie of Gulzar. I had a very strong feeling of deja vu when I saw one of the main characters of Maachis, Sunil Sinha in a similar role and even with the ditto get-up in this movie.

The performances are all up to the mark though the screenplay has not done justice to certain actors like Nasiruddin Shah, Gulshan Grover and Bhagyashree. Whatever might have been the opinion of the viewers (and reviewers) about Suneel Shetty, I have always kept him in high esteem as an actor since J.P. Dutta’s Border (1997). This is his career best performance and he deserves an award. He is so natural that throughout the movie I was feeling as I were him, the protagonist, running for his life and concerned every moment for the welfare of his wife and children and sensitive towards the life and well-being of every innocent, willingly or unwillingly involved in this avoidable havoc.

Among others, I specially mention Sameera Reddy who has demonstrated that she can act brilliantly when handled by an able director in a strong role.

The background score, the cinematography, the editing and other relevant aspects are all up to the standards. The editor has marvellously used the cut to technique at certain places, maintaining the suspense regarding what has happened and revealing the same later through flash back. The story (based upon a true story) has been pictured in the backdrop of Andhra Pradesh and the writer-director duo has exasperated the contemporary Andhrite environment in the movie quite efficiently.

This movie is just superb and gives a priceless message in the end in the words of Omar Bin Laden which had been given by him to his (now deceased) father, Osama Bin Laden – find another way (other than violence). It must be existing. The only thing you need is to admit its existence and then look for it.

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Remembering and adoring the motherland

With the arrival of the Independence Day (and the Republic Day) every year, we start listening to the patriotic songs most of which belong to the movies only. Several memorable patriotic songs or the songs related to the praise or the rememberance of the motherland have been created by the music composers of Bollywood. I am sharing some of them here as per my personal choice as well as my knowledge.

Before I start listing out, let me mention Lata Mangeshkar’s immortal song – Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon, Tum Aankh Mein Bhar Lo Paani, penned by Kavi Pradeep and composed by C. Ramachandra which is a tear-jerker. It is a non-filmi song and should be listened to feel the sacrifices of our uniform-clad brethren standing on the frontiers of our nation. Kavi Pradeep had penned it after seeing the aftermath of the 1962 war with China.

I have not included the immortal songs – Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna Ab Hamaare Dil Mein Hai, Mera Rang De Basanti Chola and Pagadi Sambhaal Jatta because they have been included in many patriotic movies (especially those based on the life of Bhagat Singh). These immortal songs were written by the Indian martyrs themselves. I have also not included a very favourite song in this list – Seemayen Bulaayen Tujhe Chal Raahi (LOC – Kargil – 2003) because I have already included it in my review of journey songs.

Following is the list of my top ten patriotic songs from the Hindi movies :

1. Yun Neend Se Woh Jaan-e-Chaman Jaag Uthi Hai (Dard Ka Rishta – 1982) : It’s my most favourite patriotic song picturized on Sunil Dutt who plays an NRI in the movie and missing his motherland very much while being abroad. The touching lyrics has come from the pen of Anand Bakshi and composition is of R.D. Burman. It has been sung by Kishore but Lata has also given voice to it separately.

2. Chitthi Aai Hai, Watan Se Chitthi Aai Hai (Naam – 1986) : A highly popular song sung by Pankaj Ud-haas, picturized on Sanjay Dutt. Penned by Anand Bakshi and composed by Lakshmikant Pyarelal, this song is virtually a tear-jerker.

3. O Door Se Aane Waale Bata Kis Haal Mein Hai Yaarane Watan (Barkha Bahaar – 1973) : An underrated song in the voices of Mahendra Kapoor and Manhar Ud-haas in which the prisoners who are away from their motherland, remember it with pain, melancholy and a hope to revisit it. Penned by Majrooh Sultaanpuri and composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal, this song has been picturized on many junior artists in the beginning of this movie.

4. Aye Mere Pyare Watan, Aye Mere Bichhade Chaman, Tujhpe Dil Qurbaan (Kaabuliwaala – 1961) : This is one of the best songs of Mohammed Rafi. The touching lyrics have come from the pen of Prem Dhawan whereas Salil Chowdhary has composed it and W.M. Khan has performed on it as the singer (Balraaj Saahni being the listener).

5. Aaj Himaalay Ki Choti Se Phir Humne Lalkaara Hai (Kismet – 1943) : Written in the wake of the second world war, this highly popular patriotic song has been penned by Kavi Pradeep and composed by Anil Biswaas. Khan Mastaana and Ameer Baai Karnataki have sung it.

6. Hum Laaye Hain Toofan Se Kashti Nikaal Ke (Jagriti – 1954) : It’s a great song from a great movie, being the message of the freedom-fighters to the young generation breathing in the free air. Kavi Pradeep has penned it, Hemant Kumar has composed it and Mohammed Rafi has sung it for Abhi Bhattacharya.

7. Insaaf Ki Dagar Pe Bachchon Dikhaao Chal Ke (Ganga Jamuna – 1961) : Again a song for the young ones, sung by a teacher (I don’t know the name of the actor) in the movie. Hemant Kumar has sung it under the music direction of Naushad with the memorable lyric coming from the pen of Shakeel Badayuni.

8. Kar Chale Hum Fida Jaan-O-Tan Saathiyo (Haqeeqat – 1964) : An immortal song in Rafi’s voice (coming at the end of the movie) whose touching lyric is the creation of the great Shaayar Janaab Kaifi Aazmi and composition is of Madan Mohan.

9. Aye Watan Aye Watan Humko Teri Kasam (Shaheed – 1965) : A memorable song from the classic movie made on the life of Bhagat Singh, sung by Rafi and chorus, picturized on Manoj Kumar and others and penned and composed by Prem Dhawan.

10. Desnu Challo, Desh Maangta Hai Qurbaaniyaan (23rd March, 1931-Shaheed – 2002) : A brilliant patriotic song which is very close to my heart. It has been penned by Dev Kohli and composed by Anand Raj Anand. It has been sung by Hans Raj Hans and chorus and Imraan Khan has brilliantly performed on it as Shaheed Kartaar Singh Sarabha.

In addition to the above top 10, the following patriotic songs are also very much dear to me :

1. Watan Ki Raaf Mein Watan Ke Naujawaan Shaheed Hon (Shaheed – 1948) : A touching patriotic song sung by Rafi for Dilip Kumar in the movie whose tune has been composed by Ghulam Hyder for the lyric of Raja Mehndi Ali Khan.

2. Kadam Kadam Badhaaye Ja, Khushi Ke Geet Gaaye Ja, Yeh Zidagi Hai Kaum Ki, Tu Kaum Pe Lutaaye Ja (Samaadhi – 1950) : A immensely beautiful being a call for the soldiers on the frontier to move ahead and sacrifice themselves for the nation. Rajinder Krishan has penned this great song which has been composed by C. Ramachandra and sung also by himself only (under the name Chitalkar). It has been picturized on Ashok Kumar and others.

3. Hamaara Pyara Hindustan (Jhaansi Ki Rani – 1953) : A song dedicated to the struggles and sacrifices of the martyrs of the freedom movement that took place in 1857, it has been penned by Pandit Radheshyam, composed by Vasant Desai, sung by Rafi and chorus and picturized on Mehtaab (playing the title role of the great queen of Jhaansi in the movie) and others.

4. Aao Bachchon Tumhen Dikhaayen Jhaanki Hindustan Ki (Jagriti – 1954) : Penned and sung by Kavi Pradeep, composed by Hemant Kumar, and picturized on Abhi Bhattacharya and child artists, this song is a treat to listen to as well as watch because it shows and tells about the differents parts of India.

5. Yeh Desh Hai Veer Jawaano Ka, Albelon Ka, Mastaano Ka (Naya Daur – 1957) : An immensely popular patriotic song of Rafi, the singer (with Balbir) as well as Dilip Kumar, the actor (with Ajeet and others). O.P. Nayyar has composed tune for the lyric of Saahir Ludhiyanvi. It is a song for the popular Bhangra dance of Punjab.

6. Bigul Baj Raha Aazaadi Ka(Talaaq – 1958) : A long forgotten but excellent song sung by Manna Dey and chorus and picturized on Rajendra Kumar and others. C. Ramachandra has composed the lyric of Kavi Pradeep. It bewares the watchdogs of the nation from the traitors hidden inside.

7. Ye Maati Sabhi Ki Kahaani Kahegi (Navrang – 1959) : This is a brilliant patriotic song whose lyrics has been penned by Bharat Vyas for the composition of C. Ramachandra and Mahendra Kapoor has sung it excellently with Mahipal performing on it with equal excellence.

8. Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein, Kal Ki Baat Puraani (Hum Hindustani – 1960) : An evergreen patriotic song picturized on Sunil Dutt, showing as the progress being made by India post-independence. Penned by Prem Dhawan, composed by Usha Khanna and sung by Mukesh and chorus, this song gives the message of leaving the past behind and moving ahead.

9. Hothon Pe Sachaai Rehti Hai, Jahaan Dil Mein Safaai Rehti Hai (Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai – 1960) : A great praising the spirit of truthfulness, innocence and cleanliness in hearts prevailing in India. Raj Kapoor has performed on the voice of Mukesh. Shankar Jaikishan have composed the extra-ordinary lyric of Shailendra.

10. Nanha Munna Raahi Hoon, Desh Ka Sipaahi Hoon (Son of India – 1962) : A very popular song sung by Shaanti Mathur and chorus and picturized on Master Saajid. Naushad has composed the lyric of Shakeel Badayuni.

11. Ab Koi Gulshan Na Ujde, Ab Watan Aazaad Hai (Mujhe Jeene Do – 1963) : A very touching patriotic song sung by Rafi, penned by Saahir, composed by Jaidev and picturized on Sunil Dutt, Waheeda Rehman and others.

12. Apni Aazaadi Ko Hum Hargiz Mita Sakte Nahin (Leader – 1964) : A popular patriotic song picturized on Dilip Kumar, Vyjantimala and others.It’s been penned by Shakeel Badayuni, composed by Naushad and sung by Rafi and chorus.

13. Jahaan Daal Daal Par Sone Ki Chidiya Karti Hai Basera, Woh Bhaarat Desh Hai Mera (Sikander-e-Aazam – 1965) : A well known patriotic song sung by Rafi and chorus, penned by Rajinder Krishan, composed by Hansraj Behl and picturized gorgeously on Prem Naath, Prem Chopra and others. This tells about India, Indian culture and Indian values.

14. Na Koi Raha Hai, Na Koi Rahega (Johar Mehmood in Goa – 1965) : It’s a song telling that no rule is permanent and no invader (or invading race) should consider himself as immortal and sooner or later, the enslaved ones will attain freedom. This movie was made on the independence movement of Goa (its original title is Goa only with the names of the heroes attached to it just to attract their admirers). This admirably worded song has come from the pen of Qamar Jalaalabaadi and it’s been composed by Kalyanji Anandji. Mukesh and Usha Khanna have sung it for I.S. Johar and Sonia Saahni. The beautiful paintings of warriors shown during the song add value to watching of this song.

15. Mere Desh Ki Dharti Sona Ugle Ugle Heere Moti (Upkar – 1967) : National award winning lyric of this immensely popular song was penned by Gulshan Bawra to be composed by Kalyanji Anandji and sung by Mahendra Kapoor for Manoj Kumar in the movie.

16. Yeh Dharti Hindustan Ki (Duniya – 1968) : The lyric of this song has come from the great Hindi poet – Gopal Das Neeraj, Shankar Jaikishan have composed it and Asha Bhonsle has sung it for Vyjayantimala in the movie.

17. Hai Preet Jahaan Ki Reet Sada, Main Geet Wahaan Ke Gaata Hoon (Purab Aur Pachhim (1970) : Again a gem from in the voice of Mahendra Kapoor for Manoj Kumar which Indeewar has penned for the tune composed by Kalyanji Anandji only.

18. Mere Des Mein Pawan Chale Purvaai (Jigri Dost – 1969) : A jaunty patriotic song which is in fact closer to nature than the patriotic sentiments. Rafi has sung it for Jeetendra and Laxmikant Pyarelal have composed the lyric of Anand Bakshi.

19. Taaqat Watan Ki Humse Hai, Himmat Watan Ki Humse Hai (Prem Pujari – 1970) : A patriotic song penned by famous Hindi poet – Gopal Das Neeraj, sung by Rafi with Manna De and others, picturized on Dev Anand and others and composed by Sachin Dev Burman.

20. Ga Lo Muskura Lo, Mehfilen Saja Lo (Lalkaar – 1972) : A patriotic song which reminds the soldiers that the time to end the merrymaking and enjoyment has come to an end and they have to move to the frontiers to fight the enemy. It has been sung by Rafi, picturized on Dharmendra, penned by Hasrat Jaipuri and composed by Kalyanji Anandji.

21. Dekho Veer Jawano Apne Khoon Pe Yeh Ilzaam Na Aaye (Aakraman – 1975) : Kishore Kumar has sung and (guest actor in the movie) Rajesh Khanna has performed on this patriotic song penned by Anand Bakshi and composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal.

22. Yaheen Pe Humko Jeena Hi, Yaheen Pe Humko Marna Hai (Rajput – 1982) : A patriotic song presented in a different context in the movie. It’s been penned by Anand Bakshi, composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal, sung by Manhar Ud-aas, Mahendra Kapoor. Hemlata and chorus and picturized on Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna, Ranjeeta, Tina Munim etc.

23. Har Karam Apna Karenge, Aye Watan Tere Liye (Karma – 1986) : It’s a patriotic song penned by Anand Bakshi and composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal. It’s been sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy, Mohammed Aziz, Dilip Kumar and chorus and picturized on Nutan, Dilip Kumar and others.

24. Ghar Aa Ja Pardesi Tera Des Bulaaye Re (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge – 1995) : A very touching song in which the migrant singer gets the call of his motherland. In the movie, the different stanzas of this song run with different scenes. This is an underrated song of this movie whose music had got immensely popular due to other songs. Jatin Lalit have composed the lyrics of Anand Bakshi and Pamela Chopra (the wife of the producer – Yash Chopra and the mother of the director – Aditya Chopra) has sung it with Manpreet Kaur and others.

25. Des Mere Des Mere, Meri Jaan Hai Tu (The Legend of Bhagat Singh – 2002) : This patriotic song has been penned by Sameer, composed by A.R. Rehman, sung by A.R. Rehman, Sukhwinder Singh and others and picturized on Ajay Devgan, Sushant Singh and others.

26. Aisa Des Hai Mera (Veer-Zaara – 2004) : This song allows the listener to roam about India with the words woven in the lyrics. It’s a treat to watch on the screen. Picturized on Shah Rukh Khan (singing to Preity Zinta, telling her about India, his country), this song has been written by Jaaved Akhtar for the tune composed by Late Madan Mohan many decades prior to making of this movie. Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Naarayan, Pritha Majundaar, Lata Gurdaas Maan etc. have given their voices for this song.

27. Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera (Swades – 2004) : A very sentimental song with beautiful lyrics of Jaaved Akhtar strung in the composition made by A.R. Rehman. A.R. Rehman only has sung it for Shah Rukh Khan on the screen.

28. Mangal Mangal Mangal Mangal (Mangal Pandey – The Rising – 2005) : A song dedicated to the first martyr of the independence struggle of our country – Mangal Pandey. This song is full of enthusiasm and arouses patriotic sentiments in the listeners (and the viewers as well). Sung by Kailash Kher, it’s been picturized on Aamir Khan. A.R. Rehman has composed the lyric of Jaaved Akhtar.

29. Suno Ghaur Se Duniya Waalon, Buri Nazar Na Humpe Daalo, Sabse Aage Honge Hindustani (Dus – Incomplete Movie) : The movie could not be completed due to the untimely demise of the director – Mukul S. Anand but this adrenalin-pumping song is available to listen and to watch also. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have composed the lyric of Sameer and Shankar Mahadevan himself with Udit Naarayan, Mahalakshmi Iyer and Dominique Cerejo have sung it. Sanjay Dutt, Salmaan Khan, Shilpa Shetty etc. (with Shankar Mahadevan as well) have performed on it.

In the end, I would like to mention two great patriotic songs. One is of Bankim Chandra Chatterjee which is our national song, i.e., Vande Maataram which has been included in the movie Anand Math (1952) based on his classic novel having the same title only. Lata and chorus have sung it and it has been picturized on Geeta Baali (with Pradeep Kumar, Prithivi Raj Kapoor etc.

The other one is of Allama Iqbaal which is very dear to every Indian, say Hindustani. It’s Saare Jahaan Se Achchha Hindostan Hamaara which has been included in the movie Bhai Behen (1950). Sung by Asha Bhonsle and chorus, it’s been composed by N. Dutta and picturized on Baby Naaz, Baby Daisy and others.

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A comedy by the fathers of Ranbir and Hrithik

Ranbir Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan are today’s superstars. However their fathers (Rishi Kapoor and Rakesh Roshan) have not only been good friends in real life but also given some entertaining movies by their joint performances in reel life more than three decades back. Though Rishi Kapoor was a superstar of the seventies and the eighties whereas Rakesh Roshan was considered a B grade hero only, their on-screen chemistry was amazing. Perhaps their real life friendship helped them in creating magic on the screen. Today I am reviewing a movie which is a mindless romantic comedy starring these two heroes which can be enjoyed by keeping your mind under lock and key only. It’s Aap Ke Deewaane (1980) whose presenter is none other than Rakesh Roshan himself.Aap Ke Deewaane (crazy for you) is the story of two friends – Ram (Rishi Kapoor) and Raheem (Rakesh Roshan) who are apparently orphans and live together while studying in a college. They are the filmi ideals of communal harmony because Ram scores 92% marks in Urdu whereas Raheem scores similarly in Hindi. They bring about the first twist in their friendship tale by adopting O Henry’s classic story – The Gift of the Magi by selling own favourite items to buy gifts for each other. Well, we are moved by their filmy friendship.

Now the next twist in the tale comes through the villain who is the college bully – Kundan (Ranjeet) who frames them in a false molestation charge and gets them rusticated from the college. However they injure him in the ensuing fight and run away from the city. Now their (filmy) destiny carries them to Kashmir where they face the problem of making a living. Their problem gets resolved through the job of tutoring a young girl – Sameera (Tina Munim) who is the foster-daughter of two aged bachelors – Thakur Vikramjit Singh (Pran) and Inshallah Khan (Ashok Kumar). Since both these guardians are against keeping young men as her tutors, our heroes have to masquerade themselves. Ram opts for the disguise of an old man whereas Raheem disguises himself as a middle-aged woman. Ram, in his real self, pretends to be the son of the lady-teacher (i.e., Raheem in disguise) and Raheem, on the other hand, pretends to be the son of the old male tutor (i.e., Ram in disguise). Sameera finds both Ram and Raheem as worthy of becoming her husband but her dilemma is – whom to choose out of these two. Her guardians, quite naturally, choose both these heroes as her beaus according to their own personal choices.

The mindless comedy alongwith this love triangle moves on till the villain is back to inflict his revenge upon the heroes. His attack on the heroine resolves the love triangle too. Finally, in the wedding party, Ram and Raheem shake hands and the screen reads – FRIENDSHIP NEVER ENDS (instead of THE END). I believe in this dictum. Hope, my readers also do.This nonsense movie works mainly because of the amazing on-screen chemistry between the two heroes. Rishi and Rakesh compliment each other perfectly and the screen is lit up by their admirable performances. Their another real-life friend Jeetendra is also there in a guest role with an item number being picturized on him (with the two heroes joining him in the dance). Tina Munim seems to know only smiling in the name of acting. Ashok Kumar and Pran try to repeat their Victoria No. 203 act with partial success only. Ranjeet as the villain is routine. Young and beautiful Shoma Anand too is there in a cameo.

Music composed by Rakesh Roshan’s brother (and Hrithik Roshan’s uncle) – Rajesh Roshan is according to the mood of the movie. The title track alongwith the Rafi-Kishore duet – Tumko Khush Dekhar Main Bahut Khush Hua stands out. One more song – Ram Kare Allah Kare (containing western effect through – APININANA BENTO) which has sung by Rafi and Amit Kumar (Kishore Kumar’s son) is also impressive and entertaining.

Cinematography spreading the beauty of Kashmir on the screen is extremely eye-soothing. Technically the movie is up to the mark. However editing should have been better. The movie irritates at places but if you watch it without trying to locate logic in it, you will enjoy it thoroughly.

I recommend this movie to the fans of Rishi Kapoor and Rakesh Roshan who will find this mindless comedy certainly better than the contemporary David Dhawan and Anees Bazmee comedies. Finally, I end my review with a SHER of Janaab Khwaaja Meer Dard Saheb :

Mera Jee Hai Jab Tak, Teri Justujoo Hai
Jubaan Jab Talak Hai, Yahi Guftagoo Hai
Kiya Sair Humne Gulzaar-e-Duniya
Gul-e-Dosti Mein Ajab Rang-o-Boo Hai

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Wonderful not just for the kids but us as well

I love to watch Taarzan – The Wonder Car (2004) with my children on television. I have watched it a number of times and my children are also sailing in the same boat. This is a movie which I could not see in the theatre which I will always regret because the special effects are a treat to watch on the big screen. This is a movie enjoyable not only by the kids but the grown-ups also.

Abbas Mustan have tried to be Alfred Hitchcock of Hindi cinema over the past more than two decades. They make Hollywood style thrillers by borrowing the plots from Hollywood itself. However this is the only movie made by them which has a supernatural tinge. And quite naturally, it contains a number of special effects too.The hero of this movie is virtually a car. Talented car designer, Ajay Devgan is murdered by some evil businessmen who drown him alongwith the car designed by him. His son Vatsal Seth grows up with the hardships of life and becomes a mechanic in the garage of Amrish Puri while carrying on with his education simultaneously. One day he sees the car designed by his father in scrap condition. He buys the scrap and renovates the car with a lot of toil and dedication, of course, with the help of the benevolent and kind-hearted Amrish Puri. After the car becomes new afresh and starts treading the roads, Ajay’s soul gets into it, turning it into a wonder car (named as Taarzan) which is all set to inflict revenge upon his killers. After all the baddies are killed (one of them being the father of Ayesha Takia, the college-mate of Vatsal and his love-interest), Ajay’s soul comes before his son and blesses him.

As I have asserted in the paragraph above, the real hero of this movie is the special car itself which is said to have been created with a huge cost (much more than the money paid to the lead actors of the movie). The special effects associated with the car are just marvellous. The tricky movements of the car, teaching a lesson first to the opponents of the hero in the college and thereafter seeking revenge from the murderers of his father, are hilarious. This is the thing which gives this movie a repeat value. It can be watched any number of times for the adventures of the car. Both Abbas Mustan and the action director deserve a pat on their back for the magic created on the screen through this car.

The movie is quite engrossing and devoid of any type of boredom. Even the romantic angle between the teenybopper pair is interesting and lovable with both of them having innocence on their faces. They have performed very well despite this movie being their debut. The comedy by Amrish Puri, Rajpal Yadav and certain other characters provides required relief. Even without the comedy and the romance, the movie would have scored because the car’s adventures themselves are enough to entertain the audience for most of its part.

The music composed by Himesh Reshammia is quite good. The picturization of the songs is also praiseworthy. All the technical and production value aspects of the movie are up to the mark.

The performances are good. Both the debutantes – Vatsal and Ayesha were very young at that time and they look quite charming in the movie. Today (5th August) is Vatsal’s birthday. All the baddies and the actors playing the college-mates of the lead pair have done quite well. Ajay Devgan in his cameo alongwith Farida Jalal as his mother (Vatsal’s grandma), Amrish Puri as the Sikh garage owner and Gulshan Grover as the investigating police officer are natural. Rajpal Yadav as the police constable is able to make the viewers laugh time and again whenever the investigation for a new murder takes place.

Taarzan – The Wonder Car was a flop which will always remain a big surprise for me because it has everything that entertains the viewers – children and adults alike. It’s a movie that provides wholesome entertainment. I recommend it to all the movie buffs seeking a complete entertainment of two and a half hours.

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