Producer: J.P. Dutta
Director: J.P. Dutta
*ing : Rakhee, Jackie Shroff, Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty, Akshaye Khanna, Pooja Bhatt, Tabu, Khulbhushan Kharbanda, Sudesh Berry, Puneet Issar, Introducing Rajiv Goswami, Sharbani Mukherjee, Sapna Bedi
Music : Anu Malik
Reviewed by: Avinash Ramchandani
Rating : (out of )
This hi-budget, multi-starrer film started out as a killer, as sixty were killed watching this film in Delhi when something exploded and set off smoke that raided the theater. The smoke was thought to be a special effect, when in real life it wasn't.
The movie also ended up deadly, with hundreds dead on a field and mothers crying as their sons are dead after fighting a vigorous war protecting their Mother, India.
Revolving around the Longewala Post in west Rajhastan during the war of 1971 between India and Pakistan, this movie unusually tied reality to Bollywood and brought through a message that could and should be understood by most people. Not much can be said about the story without revealing the whole plot. No doubt, the story is brilliant. A story writer could not have come up with a better story fitting the characters in mind, the stars who played them and the plot at the same time. Basically, many young men, including Dharmveer (Akshaye Khanna) and a Raja of Rajhastan (Sunil Shetty) come together to fight a war with their battalion leader, Kuldeep Singh (Sunny Deol). They wait patiently as war develops and tell stories about their lives, their family, their children, their girlfriends, fiancees, etc...
Fighting dreams and relationships, they realize that they are putting up their lives up for their Mother, their land. Nothing, not even their children, wives, mothers or any other part of their family are more valuable than their own land. Slowly the whole battalion comes together during their stay at the post. War breaks out at the border, as tanks and soilders surround the post. The battalion must hold on the whole night onto their post until the Air Force (commanded by Jackie Shroff's character) can strike the approaching offensive. Who lives, who dies, who wins, who loses??
Acting is outstanding in this film. Everybody plays their role well. Sunil Shetty is unusually brilliant in his role, while Sunny Deol does a superb job as usual. Akshaye Khanna impresses again in his second performance. His natural talent in acting shows, as does his cute face (girls cheering at the screen every time he shows) and his brilliant personality and voice. Akshaye has the capability to be the next Vinod Khanna. Jackie Shroff, although in an insignificant role, is suited perfectly for it and therefore plays it perfectly. Sudesh Berry does a good job with his role. In fact, his role as well as his acting is much better in this movie than his depicting of his character in Army, which was great anyway!
As for the females, nobody had a significant part in this film. If you remove the male characters from the film, it would be meaningless, but the female characters would only reduce the meaning a bit. As always, Tabu impresses with her 30-second role. Pooja Bhatt has seriously made a turnaround since Tamanna and has done a fantastic job with her role in this film. Rakhee is excellent also. The new females didn't impress too much.
Anu Malik's music and the cinematography of them were on par with the rest of the movie. Of the four songs, "Ke Ghar Kab Aao Ge" and "Hamen Jab Se Mohobaat" are excellent, and "Mere Dushman Mere Bhai" is out of this world. "Mere Dushman Mere Bhai" must be one of the best done songs in the history of Indian cinema, although the lyrics of the other three are perfect for the situations, this song's lyrics are touching as well as perfect. Javed Akhtar has shown that the one lakh rupees that he is paid for lyrics per song are actually worth it and J.P. Dutta put a period at the right time on a nicely made sentence. Anu Malik has finally come out of a slump with Virasat and Border. Malik's next releases, Ishq and Kareeb are fared do well with the box office. Virasat's early reports show that it is bound to be a hit, but as for Border, time could only tell what shall happen.
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