Producer: Satish Tandon
Director:
Sanjay Gupta
*ing:
Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Aditya Pancholi, Raveena Tandon, Shilpa Shetty
Music:
Anu Malik

Released on : May 12, 2000


Reviewed by: Anjali Abrol
dilwaliji@indolink.com


out of 
A movie amid controversies, from the director-producer squabbles to Sanjay's refusal to dub to possible incompletion of filming and what not...we haven't even hit the storyline nor acting and such. So what to make of the Sanjay Dutt starrer (as the others now tend to dull in comparison in the Vaastav light) ? Considering the songs are not much to brag about, we rely on a semi-original-sounding story, fairly unique to Bollywood, old news in Hollywood (e.g. lift off of the Desperate Measures flick). The key is to produce a remake in such a way, that one forgets that it isn't original, since the other aspects of the film outweigh the originality aspect...does Jung manage? Not really.....

The story revolves around Bali (Sanjay Dutt), a murderer who is in jail for life. Like most people, I wouldn't think twice about considering convicts as possible bone marrow donors, the thought just would not occur to me. But ahh, this is Bollywood! And we all know how marrows are kept track of in case a little boy needs a match and cannot find one....

And this is precisely what happens. Veer (Jackie Shroff) is a police inspector (a unique role for him) whose family is complete with wife Naina (Raveena Tandon) and a young son, Sahil. As all desi families, they sing sweet songs and dance together during family time. Then, one day, a dramatic turn in their lives lead them towards the one man they thought they would never turn to....

Sahil is diagnosed with blood cancer, and the family searches desperately for the much-needed bone marrow match for a transplant, and of all the one billion people in India, they find only one, Bali....

Veer is torn between his farz and his pyarasa bacha, since he is the one who arrested Bali and now Bali is the only one who can save his son. Would Bali agree? As Bali veers towards thanks, but NO thanks (he is, after all, a cold-hearted serial killer....I am sure he has deep emotional attachment towards others' lives), Naina quickly snaps him back to reality with her desperate plea for her son's life. He finally agrees, though he does it more for the reason of getting Naina to stop weeping and less so for his deep compassion for Sahil, hence, he schemes to escape and does so at the hospital. He flees to his girlfriend Tara (Shilpa Shetty). Inspector Khan (Aditya Pancholi), who prefers his criminals dead, is given the Bali case, and Veer obviously needs Bali alive. Veer had put his career and life on the line and made the mistake of trusting Bali. Veer is torn once again between his family and his line of duty, having made a mistake the first time...and now Veer must fight the Jung within himself in order to fight the Jung for his farz...and his son's life....all within the 24 hours that remains of his son's life.....

The acting by Shilpa Shetty and Raveena Tandon is more non-acting. The execution of their roles is really not worth a mention. There is good reason why these two are getting lesser roles of late. Jackie Shroff was hardly challenged in his role as a police inspector, perhaps that is why he appeared a bit bored, though decently convincing (practice makes perfect, right?). The actor who outshines the rest, though, despite the conflicts of interest, is Sanjay Dutt. His depiction of a mad serial killer is excellent. Prior to Haseena Maan Jayegi, I did not pay much attention to him since many of his roles had started to become repetitive (the maara-maari role, which is hardly a challenge for him). After HMJ (from what I can recall), I started (as I am sure most of us did) to take notice...I enjoyed watching him in Khoobsurat, and in Vaastav, he was exemplary. He began to diversify his roles and remind us of his real acting capabilites again. Movies as these should not be a challenge for Sanjay and should not be repeated in his career unless the story is exceptional or such. Perhaps this is why he asked the public to forgo watching this movie, but with his latest fame from Vaastav, we did not listen...and maybe we really should have listened to Sanju baba.

The songs, as I said, were a huge letdown, even in the movie. For 'She Gives Me Fever', we ough to have named it 'She, remember her? Gives Me a Headache".... because we are forced to remember Mayuri Kango, of all people, as she prances around like a flake. Maybe no roles are actually better than these types of roles... the rest of the songs are worth a fastforward. They were not strategically placed in the film and hence, did not flow well at all.

Overall, the movie is worth a watch for Sanjay Dutt, if you are an avid fan or have some time to spare (considering no other flick released the same weekend)....but do make sure to have the remote ready to fastforward.....