I wasn't very impressed with the movie. As everyone knows its a remake of a 1990 AB movie. The
original was critically acclaimed, but failed commercially. I tried to watch it last year, and could not sit through it. I gave up after 40 mins into the movie. Over the top, overly dramatic, bad acting, horrible 90s costumes, bad music - the bane of most 80s/90s masala bollywood trash. The new one improves upon the original by doing away with a few characters - the irritating "madrasi", no romantic track involving the hero's sister, better acting, better production values and better music. Sanjay Dutt's character was much touted in the reviews, and he's menacing as Kancha Cheena, and so is Rishi Kapoor as Rauf Lala. But the screenplay disappoints. It just jumps all over the place ... i lost interest midway. Om puri is wasted. Priyanka does a good job of the small role that she essays. And Hrithik is a good actor, but his scale is much smaller that what AB had to do in the original.
However if you like the typical KJo brand of movies with sarson ke kheth, SRK and stuff,
you'll probably hate this movie.
This has something that typical bollywood potboilers lack - great writing, tight screenplay and -brains-. There is not a single second that can be labeled as fluff. You cannot take any loo breaks in the middle of songs, or inane scenes, for there are none here. The songs do not cut into the flow of the story.
A bollywood movie that is unlike any other. I can actually say it aloud that i've seen this movie and liked it, without being ridiculed or laughed at! :)
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