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Sharaarat
 
Producer: Jayantilal Gada
Director: Gurudev Bhalla
Starring: Abhishek Bachchan, Hrishitaa Bhatt, Amrish Puri, Helen, Dara Singh
Music: Sajid-Wajid
Lyrics: Sameer
Genre: Family
Recommended Audience: General
Approximate Running Time: 3 hrs
Film Released on: 12 July 2002
Reviewed by: Rakesh Budhu  - Rating: 5.5 / 10
 
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Public Rating Average: 5.11 / 10 (rated by 410 viewers)
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The year of anticipation proving to no avail! No surprise, none at all. Poor releasing strategies, poor promotional campaign and poor production unit all lead to Shararat to an expectedly poor output. Shararat suffered through a period of finding a distributor through which the media continued to accentuate the fact that Abhishek Bachchan cannot carry off a film. As it hit cinemas alongside the year’s biggest release,

Devdas, the film fails to even hold a chance to survive at the box office, and thus the flaws present are just things tagging on a film already falling apart.

Shararat is about Rahul (Abhishek Bachchan), who as the title suggests, is a carefree young lad who is always up to no good. His bully-ish activities end when he is punished with community service at a home care center for the elderly.

Here Rahul grows as a person and comes to understand what life really is. He learns to love with the love of the elderly. And while he has tales of only wrong doing to tell the elderly, the elderly have a lot to tell him and through these stories, Rahul grows even more. Rahul specifically becomes friendly with the leader, Prajapati (Amrish Puri). The conflict arises when the home is troubled with doom of closure. Rahul alongside blooming love, portrayed by Hrishitaa Bhatt, try to save the house from closure.

Urmi Juvekar’s screenplay and script is a refreshing change and Gurudev Bhalla has taken a decent challenge in bringing it alive. But he fails to do it in appealing manner, falling short of creating an interesting film. He also directs the film with mediocrity making most of the twists and turns seem implausible and if not that, typical.

The film is just accentually boring in places carrying what little emotion it has too far. Sajid-Wajid’s bland musical score also attributes to this. The songs are at best meant for one listen alone. They pop up for the most part and barring one situational number, give the viewer the feeling that they must be included. Their picturizations are also nothing eye pleasing. The cinematography is for once, complimenting to the film and not the songs.

To compliment that, the romantic track does the same. Hrishitaa Bhatt has shown a great deal of talent in Asoka, and here, her poor role is brought to life with her breezy performance. She definitely has the talent to go places. However, her role is once again thrown in because Rahul must have a mate, and this brings down the role a lot. Her character is easily forgotten in the midst of the supporting leads that are the main protagonists.

Amrish Puri in his old age still performs very well, especially in a non-negative character, which is rare for him even today.

Helen in another rare appearance is also a delight to watch. Dara Singh also leaves an impression on the viewer. The elderly are more reason to watch the film than the main leads.

Abhishek Bachchan is good in his role. Contrary to the hype, Abhishek is arguably one of the best things about Shararat. Choosing such a role is a risk itself, especially for a newcomer, of which many strict solely to romance films. It’s a commendable feat taking the challenge, and while he is nothing superb in the film, he had done a good enough job in his role.

Shararat can hold its own on many aspects. Its different plot has been brought to life in a subtly unique way. And perhaps to obtain the right look to the film, old time friend Gurudev Bhalla has cast two fresh faces amongst well known established ones. Hrishitaa Bhatt, Abhishek Bachchan, with Helen, Amrish Puri and a load of supporting elders all manage to bring feel to the emotion that Bhalla has supposedly intended for the film. However those are probably the only beneficiary factors in the film in its entirety. The film drags in most of the sequences and doesn’t create an impact in its emotional tale. For a film that tackles the understanding of a relationship with an elder, that factor is very important, and in reality could have taken Shararat to bigger places.

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