Producer: Mazhar Khan and Bharat
Released on : April 14, 2000
Reviewed by: Alok Kumar
Gang runs on the performances of it's four lead players, Jackie Shroff, Nana Patekar, Kumar Gaurav, and Javed Jafrey. The film deals with four ambitious no-names from various decadent backgrounds trying to strike it rich and famous by, at first, committing small crimes for cash that eventually lead to much grander and dangerous capers. Gangu (Jackie Shroff), Abdul (Nana Patekar), Nihal (Kumar Gaurav), Gary (Javed Jafrey), Gangu's lover Sanam (Juhi Chawla), Nihal's girlfriend Divya (Ektaa), Gangu's mother and Gary's sister are all one big family. Eventually, after the murder of Gangu's mother and Gary's sister, the gang of four go on a bloody crusade as they attempt to avenge the death of their loved ones. The film chronicles the rise and fall of these men, ending with a violent and gory climax. Gang is a film with the same moral presented by Satya, Parinda, and Vaastav, that dealings in the Underworld eventually leads to dispair and tragedy. The one difference is that Gang is slightly more commercial than these other films.
The film is enhanced by excellent performances from Jackie Shroff, Kumar Gaurav, Nana Patekar, and Javed Jafrey. Juhi Chawla's role in the film is minimal, but she adds glamour and lightness to the film, not to mention that she looks absolutely stunning, especially in the enjoyable and catchy "Meri Payal Bole" number. Ekta's role is tiny, but her presence is remembered after the fact. The rest of the cast supports well.
Anu Malik's music is nothing to shout about, except "Meri Payal Bole", which follows in the same vein as Malik's previous chartbusters "Chamma Chamma" from China Gate and "Lal Garara" from Badal. The song sequence for "Meri Payal Bole" is very well done.
Mazhar Khan's direction is good, and he has made an impact with his first and only release. Had he spent a few more years in the industry, he would be known today as a stylish and lavish director in the same category as Ram Gopal Varma or Rajkumar Santoshi. In conclusion, give Gang a chance. So what if the film looks a bit dated in segments? It's well made, and that's what counts. Gang is a film that should be taken at face value, a nice, entertaining night out, nothing more, nothing less.