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Anjaam
 
Producer: Rahul Rawail & Maharukh Jokhi
Director: Rahul Rawail
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit
Music: Anand-Milind
Lyrics: Sameer
Genre: Drama
Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Film Released on: April 1994
Reviewed by: Rakesh Budhu  - Rating: 5.0 / 10
 
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Now, in 2002, it is quite apparent that Rahul Rawail has truly not changed his attempts at making completely lackluster masaladar Bollywood films!

That aside, sticking Anjaam into the VCR (The DVD is in poor circulation, if you do find it, it is most likely not worth your money because of poor quality and little features), will bring back many a memories from previous “Anjaams” that followed in the gory revenge come possession storyline.

Rawail was clearly inspired by the previous Anjaam of 1974 in the root cause of evil being money, but he has wasted talents in this film. One wonders truly why Shah Rukh Khan won the Filmfare Award for best villain in this film.

That entire aside, the film deals with Shah Rukh’s obsession with Madhuri Dixit and his countless attempts at acquiring the beauty queen. Shah Rukh’s journey towards acquiring Madhuri and Madhuri’s tribulations that follow, which focus on the greed and illusion of the evil men that have torn her life apart describes the rest of this lackluster film.

We are truly not given a real reason to understand his lust for Madhuri. Furthermore Madhuri’s character is the one that becomes evil further down the line, and none of these seasoned actors seemed at all interested in the project. This was during the Baazigar and Darr days (both of those films released in 1993) where Shah Rukh’s obsessive acts and negative roles were ruling the roast, but clearly Darr and Baazigar were much better products. The script in this film falls apart juggling Madhuri’s dilemma, Shah Rukh’s incessant attempts at winning her over and the possession storyline where Madhuri embarks to take revenge on her wrong doers. Each of these amongst the numerous other things are all kludged together in a non-appealing manner.

In fact, Rawail’s style of film making in this film is bad. He hasn’t handled the characters with ease and has them themselves appearing as lost as well. The end result will leave the audiences in as much confusion as the characters and will have people applauding the ending simply because they would want to kill them themselves!

There is such a lack of a decent effort on Rawail’s part here, especially when you compare films that followed, those that actually took the audience’s brains into consideration (sure we’ll believe that Madhuri can eat a man’s flesh alive!) The film also had shoddy production values, a factor haunting it till this day (why it doesn’t have a formal DVD released to the market).

Anand-Milind, the musical duo that was, gave an excellent effort to the otherwise boring film. Interesting how the music drew the audience to the film but the poor output caused its flop in the end. Anyways, “Barso Ki Baad”, Abhijeet’s “Badi Mushkil”, “Tu Samne Jab Aaata Hai” and especially "Athara Baras Ki" many other numbers were quite popular even after the film’s demise.

I sat through Anjaam years ago and could safely do so again because of the beautiful tunes and two of my favorite actors trying to give it their all but failing at the same time. However, I’m not sure you would be able to.

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