Producer : Adishakti
Director: Mahesh Manjrekar
*ing: Sanjay Dutt, Namrata Shirodkar, Mohnish Behl, Ektaa, Deepak Tijori,
Shivaji Satam, Reema Lagoo, Paresh Rawal, Ashish Vidhyarthi, Mohan Joshi, and Sanjay
Music: Jatin Lalit
Released on : October 15, 1999
Reviewed by: Aniket Joshi
Vaastav has the Mumbai underworld as its backdrop.
This subject has been dealt with before many times in Hindi films. But rarely is it
handled properly. Satya is probably the best underworld film to
come out Bollywood in recent years. Vaastav is not flawless like Satya, but it has a
gripping storyline, good direction and characterizations, and most importantly - Sanjay Dutt.
The story is about Raghu (Sanjay Dutt), who lives in a chawl with his parents (Shivaji Satam and Reema
Lagoo) and his brother Vijay (Mohnish Behl).
Raghu doesnt pay attention to his studies and always hangs out with his friends.
Raghus father tells him to settle down and do something, either get a job or pay
attention to his studies. Raghu persuades his father to lend him money to open up a pav
bhaaji stall that hell run with his buddies. His father agrees, and Raghu
starts working and making money.
Raghu accidentally kills one of his customers in a fight over an unpaid bill. That
customer was the brother of a gangster, now Raghu is on the run from the police and the
gangster. Through one of his friends (Deepak Tijori),
Raghu finds refuge under Vitthal Kaanya (Ashish Vidhyarthi);
a rival gangster of the one Raghu is running from. Kaanya turns Raghu into a gangster and
a dreaded name in the underworld. Babbanrao Kadam (Mohan
Joshi) is a corrupted minister and begins to use Raghu to get rid of
people that are a threat to his political career. Raghu meanwhile, begins visiting a
prostitute named Sonu (Namrata Shirodkar)
whom he later marries. Raghu also gets addicted to cocaine and alcohol.
This is probably the best role Sanjay Dutt has got his hands on since Khal-Nayak, and he takes full adavantage of it. This is his best
performance in quite awhile, and I wouldnt be surprised if he gets an award for it.
He deserves it. Paresh Rawal, though in a
guest-appearance type role, manages to make an impact. He plays a broker that settles
disputes between rival gangs. Reema Lagoo and Shivaji Satam give good performances as
Raghus parents. Sanjay Narvekar
(hes Dedfutia, Raghus best pal) is pretty good also
Whats different about Vaastav and other films in its genre is that its
emotional and hard-hitting at the same time. Some of the scenes are very well directed.
For example, theres a scene where Raghus father and Raghu breakdown in each
others arms because of what Raghu has become and theres no way out for him.
The film depicts a grim look at the underworld rather than glorifying it. It shows that
even though a gangster stays above the law, how restless he is. Thats why Vaastav is