Produced by: Binda Thakeray
Directed by: Parto Ghosh
Starring: Manisha Koirala, Nana Patekar, Jakie Shroff, Ravi Behl, Divya Dutt, Avtar Gill
Music: Nadeem Sharavan
Reviewed by Avinash Ramchandani
Rating : (out of )
Agni Sakshi follows Yaarana as another version of the English superhit "Sleeping with the Enemy". Following these two movies comes another deviation of "Sleeping with the Enemy" with Darrar starring Juhi Chawla, Rishi Kapoor, and Salman Khan's brother, Arbaaz Khan. Agni Sakshi, like Akele Hum Akele Tum (which is a Hindi copy of "Kramer vs. Kramer") starring Aamir Khan and Manisha Koirala, proves to be a better derivative of a foreign movie than most copied Hindi movies.
As always, Manisha Koirala and Nana Patekar impress the audience with their superb acting. Manisha Koirala plays a character that has two sides, one is timid and afraid, the other is exciting and glamorous. Koirala does a wonderful job in portraying both sides, especially the timid and afraid side. Koirala also looks dashingly beautiful in some scenes. Patekar, on the other hand, is shown as a very smart, but very possessive villain who loves his wife (Koirala's character) dearly. Patekar impacts the audience with his very subtle, but scary look. Patekar looks perfect for his role.
Jakie Shroff has a short-but-sweet role which mainly centers stage in the first half of the movie. He plays a rich businessman who hadn't thought about anything other than business before he sees Koirala. Although Shroff has played his role well, he must think of getting more roles like Gardish or 1942 A Love Story rather than his recent secondary roles in this movie, Rangeela and Trimurti.
The movie starts out with a small love story between Ravi (Ravi Behl) and Manisha Koirala's character's cousin (Divya Dutt). Ravi cannot marry his love because his older brother Suraj (Jakie Shroff) hasn't married. So Ravi tries to force Suraj into finding someone to marry, when Suraj accidentally bumps into Shubangi (Manisha Koirala). After Suraj and Shubangi fall in love, they get married and go for a honeymoon. On their honeymoon, Shubangi bumps into a man (Nana Patekar) who stares at her awkwardly. He, Vishwanath, claims that Shubangi is his wife, Madhu. Shubangi and Suraj both are stunned to see this man and change their plans into going to Goa, but they both are surprised to see Vishwanath there. And the movie continues to deliver more suspense as time passes.
Nana Patekar and Manisha Koirala are outstanding in their performances. Jakie Shroff is good. Divya Dutt and Ravi Behl are forgotten after intermission. Nadeem Sharavan's music is pleasurable. Partho Ghosh's direction is outstanding. Cinematography is good. Choreography is dull. Sets are okay. The violence is contained and not overdone.
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