Friday, April 23, 2004


After the eminently forgettable Kismat, there was not much reason to be enthused by a Bobby Deol film. The actor has a knack for picking turkeys. Bardaasht directed by E.Niwas is the kind of film Sunny Deol would have done a few years ago. Scripted by Vikram Bhatt, the film has echoes of Ghayal and numerous such revenge potboilers which used to be popular mainstream fare some time back.

Still, the first half is fairly gripping, in which bratty collegian Anuj (Ritesh Deshmukh) gets out of one exam paper-stealing crisis (inadvertently topical) and the next one leaves him dead—killed in a police encounter as a drug runner.

His older brother Aditya (Bobby Deol), a cashiered armyman, refuses to believe his brother was a drug peddler and demands answers from arrogant ACP Yashwant Thakur (Rahul Dev) and his two evil cohorts (Vishwajeet Pradhan-Ganesh Yadav).

A kindly constable (Virendra Saxena) and Anuj’s terrified, mentally disturbed girlfriend (Tara Sharma) reveal that the three cops had savagely murdered Anuj for no reason at all.

Now Aditya sets out to take revenge with the help of former girlfriend (Lara Dutta) who is now a lawyer. The revenge route is very predictable, a farcical court case, killing of witnesses, losing the case and then Aditya “taking the law into his own hands.”

Still, the film had enough dramatic moments, which are lost due to the slack pace and hackneyed treatment.

Bobby Deol does not have the action hero persona and is not much of an actor either, but he passes muster. Some good performances come from the supporting cast – like Ritesh Deshmukh and Virendra Saxena. Himesh Reshammiya has come up with one hit number Janabe Aali.

Bardaasht is not as unendurable as one might expect, but not a must-see either.


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