Producer : Bharat Shah
Director: Ramgopal Varma
*ing:
Sunil Shetty, Urmila Matondkar, Fardeen Khan, Sushant, Kashmira Shah, Raju Kher, Himanshu Malik, Avtar Gill & Makrand Deshpande
Music:
Sandeep Chowta

Released on : July 14, 2000


Reviewed by: Rahul Abrol
rabrol@indolink.com


out of 
After the success of Rangeela, RGV and Urmila became the talk of tinseltown and were set as a hit pair of director and heroine. Taking success in stride, Ram Gopal Varma held on to his pretty little heroine and rotated heroes and plots. The movies Daud, Mast, and Kaun followed, and though the movies on the whole were unique, the acting and music, good, the movies did not click like Rangeela and people started talking again. Flop actress, people said, now being paired with another flop actor, Fardeen Khan (Prem Aggan was renamed Pain Again), for RGV's next, Jungle. Sandeep Chowta, of RGV's Mast, was repeated as music director, and the music and amazing trailors, not to forget the reflection of the story based on the life of Veerappan. Would the movie finally click and give all involved (cast and crew) the career boost they needed? This time, RGV indeed managed to bring to life a suspense thriller.

The movie starts out with Siddhu (Fardeen) and Anu (Urmila), next-door neighbors who have silly squabbles and eventually fall in love. Anu's father does not approve of the couple. Anu takes a trip to the jungle where she unexpectedly runs into and is captured by the well-known and well-feared bandit Durga Narayan Chaudhary (Sushant Kumar). Durga holds Anu captive with the purpose of exchanging her for one of his gang members, who is currently in the possession of the Indian Government. Secretly Durga is obsessed with her and wishes to keep her in his grasp. Task Force Commander Shivraj (Sunil Shetty) refuses the request and instead decides to venture into the deep territories of the jungle to try to capture Durga himself and save Anu. Siddhu also goes into the jungle, without weapons, to save his love. They both tackle the dark wilderness, Durga's territory, knowing very well that once in the jungle, they may never come out, dead or alive.

The acting portrayed is commendable. Fardeen Khan has shown vast improvement over the mistake of his first movie and definitely shows promise. He held his ground in emotional scenes as well as action, and his dialogue delivery has improved. RGV knows how to extract the best out of Urmila, and this was no exception. She plays the role of a frightened yet calm woman very well, given the situation. Sunil Shetty, who has been improving by the day, has shed his macho hero image (e.g. Hera Pheri) to tackle more roles of substance, and he does well as a commander. Sushant has let his eyes deliver his lines, and is a very effective actor. In all, the four main characters emote just enough to do justice to the film without overacting, and the subtle acting carries out the turn of events well.

The music and background score by Sandeep Chowta combines very well with the excellent cinematography. The scenes were impeccable and each scene was equally gripping. RGV ventured towards an unconventional subject and had every aspect just right to make it click, both as a quality film and with the audience.