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Phool Aur Aag

Director: T.L.V. Prasad
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Mithun Chakraborthy, Jackie Shroff, Archana, Aruna Irani, Mohan Joshi, Dalip Tahil, Ayesha Jhulka and Harish
Music: Dilip Sen Sameer Sen

Released on : May 14, 1999


Reviewed by: Anjali Abrol
dilwaliji@indolink.com


out of 
Once again, the silver screen is blessed with another rare Mithun release, only the 27th of this year. Phool Aur Aag is accurately classified as a C grade film, which is superb, since Mithun seems to believe that A grade is obviously the lowest, hence, throughout his years of acting, he has finally managed to hit the big C grade level ! *Applause* As the actor gracefully ages, his roles become more based on quality as opposed to the initial struggling newcomer's decisions on quantity of films. Such is blatantly obvious for Mithun-da, Jackie Shroff the next in line to take over Bengali Babu's reign, and Prince Govinda planning to eventually overthrow the monarchy.

Phool Aur Aag revolves around the benevolent Mithun, who cares for his village people as if they are his children--to further enhance his stupidity errr benevolence, he has refused to marry in order to pass on all of his wealth as well as all of his utmost affection and attention to his kind and utterly idiotic villagers. So dedicated the villagers are to Mithun, they construct a masterpiece paper mache statue of him in the heart of the village, whose artistic talent bares obvious resemblance to the statue of David, with the classiness of Abraham Lincoln's Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Mithun goes to a neighboring village--so well-known and worshipped he is, for when he saves some young woman's (Archana) life (and that too, is an Oscar-winning scene), he is beaten to pieces by the local Pehlwaans, Jackie Shroff and Dalip Tahil (it should've been Govinda, then we could have had the whole monarchy in one movie!),  because they believe that he is fooling around with their 'behen'. Izzat ho to aisi. In retaliation, Mithun's village army goes and burns Jackie's village to ashes, as well as many of the people. In the meantime, Jackie gets smart, goes to apologize to Mithun, and upon finding out the halat of his village, believes that Mithun ka haath tha behind all of the misfortune, vows to destroy Mithun, his khandaan (basically, his mother, Aroona Irani, the Mother India of all of India), and his village. Enter useless villain who despises Mithun, Mohan Joshi, and provides little more than headache and more boredom for the already hit movie. War begins, misunderstandings take place, and people dance, singers sing, and the audience sighs, bored.

I played the "Where's Ayesha and Harish?" game, and yes, I lost. I did not spot them, I did not really care, and I think they were probably prancing around in the songs I (oops) fastforwarded. The songs were stupid, the clothes were pathetic, the acting was really sad, and Mithun really ought to give up the "I am the Disco Dancer turn Shahenshah" campaign. It was a '70's movie gone bad. Must be the print.

The less said about the movie, the better. Don't waste your time like I wasted mine, I guarantee that this review is a thousand times more exciting than the real thing.

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