Producer :Romesh Taurani and
Kumar S. Taurani
Director : Abbas-Mustan
*ing: Bobby Deol, Preity Zinta, Raakhee, Farida Jalal, Suresh
Oberoi, Dalip Tahil, Sharat Saxena, Ashish Vidayarathi, Salim Ghouse, Johny Lever, and
Special Appearance by Pankaj Dheeer
Music: Anu Malik
Released on : November 20, 1998
Reviewed by: Aniket Joshi
Soldier is not as
quite as good as Abbas-Mustans earlier films Khiladi and Baazigar, however its a little better than their last offering, Daraar. Soldier is supposed to be a suspense
thriller, but near interval one can already guess what the suspense is. The film has been
made on a large scale, with about 70% being shot in Australia and New Zealand.
Vijay Malhotra (Pankaj
Dheer) is an army officer in charge of safely
transporting weapons from one place to another. A group of three corrupt army officers,
Virender (Dalip Tahil), Pratap (Suresh Oberoi), Jaswant (Salim Ghouse), and a smuggler by the name of DK (you will have to watch the film to
see which actor plays this character) murder Vijay Malhotra so they can continue smuggling
weapons. Vijay is survived by his wife (Raakhee), his son, and Kapoor (Ashish
Vidayarathi) who is his best friend.
Virender and his younger brother (Sharat Saxena) along with
Pratap flee to Australia and smuggle weapons there to become tycoons. Jaswant and DK stay
in India. Twenty years later we see Vicky (Bobby Deol) get a fax from Kapoor, who is now the Police Commissioner. Vicky is
ordered to murder Jaswant, and he does. Then Vicky goes to Australia, and his mission
there is to kill Pratap and Virender. In Australia, Vicky comes across Preity (Preity Zinta) who is
Prataps daughter, and they both fall in love. Who is Vicky? Why is he killing all
the baddies one by one? To find out, watch the film.
Bobby Deol performs well in the action and some comic scenes. He still
needs to work on his emoting skills. He has improved his dialogue delivery a little bit,
but he still has that dull look on his face sometimes. Preity Zinta is wonderful in the
comic scenes in the first half, but all she gets to do in the second half is dance around.
Dalip Tahil has done a good job with the bihari accent, but he is not as good as Amrish
Puri in Koyla. Ashish Vidayarathi gives a good performance even
though he has a short role.
The cinematography is excellent. The title song and
Mere Dil Jigar Se Guzri Hai
beautifully. What the film lacks though is a stronger script and crisp editing. The songs
interfere a lot, a couple shouldve been chopped off. Being a suspense thriller the
film is supposed to keep you glued to your seat, this is what Soldier lacks. Only in the
second half you get interested in the film because Vicky is murdering people and more
secrets are revealed. Direction by Abbas-Mustan is ok, but can't lift the film above