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The Actual Rising !
Oct 15, 2006 07:44 PM 8478 Views
(Updated Oct 15, 2006 07:47 PM)





BAAZIGAR is a classic example of how an english thriller can be adapted and perfectly moulded within the parameters of a guaranteed box office success along with some great moments to be cherished for a long time.

no doubts, the film is hugely entertaining. but candidly, the screenplay was way too commercial. nevertheless, BAAZIGAR is a quintessential bollywood masala flick at its best.

but ABBAS-MUSTAN go wrong on one note - the screenplay. how did ajay [ SRK ] know priya [ KAJOL] was looking for a sports car to shape his plan accordingly ? wasnt ajay too dependent on luck while carrying out such a big and kamakaze master plan ? and what if those street loafers had not stopped priya on her "long drive" ? ajay would have to meet seema [ SHILPA SHETTY] and all his gameplans would be vanished. such minor scenes neeeded explanation with a better narrative.

with due respect to JOHNNY LEVER and his unmatched talent, his antics along with those of DINESH HINGOO were a bit irrelevant and hampered the essence of a taut script for what appeared a thrilling story on paper.

at the same time, its commendable for the way the director duo has used the weakness of BABULAL, the forgetful servant [ played by JOHNNY LEVER peerlessly] to unintentionally save AJAY from letting his secret plans unleashed occasionally.

dialogues have proved to be an integral element in this tale of sublime betrayal seeking avenge as SRK played to the audience with some evocative and alluring one liners. a scene when MADAN CHOPRA [DALIP TAHIL] gives his power of attorney to AJAY and then ajay gives a smirk and says "AAPKE JAANE KA WAQT HO GAYA HAI" is a great lyrical scene.

the biggest strength of the movie is SRK's superlative performance as the revengeful AJAY SHARMA. it really raises the bar of the movie. BAAZIGAR also witnesses the rising of a new star after amitabh bachchan in the form of SRK who has the power to carry a film solely on his shoulders. ANU MALIK comes up with genuinely catchy tunes. the rest of the cast is above average including SHILPA SHETTY [who has been a real bad actor in all her other films except PHIR MILENGE]

and that wicked laugh of SRK in the climax ! its next to that of GABBAR SINGH, if the comparison is apt. the film ends witha prolonged but enticing action sequence and a touching mother-son scene abound with emotional dialogues. it strikes a chord somehwere.

the camera work is nothing much to boast of but never mind, a great story and an equally hard hitting impact make up for all the short comings of BAAZIGAR.

agreed, BAAZIGAR has umpteen no. of flaws but deep criticism not withstanding, BAAZIGAR is one of the finest "ENTERTAINERS" in the history of indian cinema besides being the best work by ABBA-MUSTAN in their 16 year long career.

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