D'aag on RGV's daaman
Director-producer: Ram Gopal Varma
Music: Ganesh Hegde
, Amar Mohile, Prasanna Shekhar, Nitin Raikwad
Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed, Saajid, Farhad, Sareem Momin, Nitin Raikwad
Screenplay & dialogue: Raheel Kazi and Farhad
Actors: Amitabh Bachchan
, Mohan Lal, Ajay Devgan, Susmita Sen, Nisha
Kothari, Prashant Raj, Rajpal Yadav
, Chakravarty, Suchitra Sen
Guest appearance: Sachin, Urmila Matondkar
and Abhishek Bachchan
The much-hyped "Ram Gopal Varma
Ki Aag" has finally hit theatres and
film buffs must have rushed to catch the first-day-first-show.
Curiosity might make the movie run to housefuls for some time. But
definitely, the "Sholay" magic is missing in "Aag" and cine-goers will
spot it sooner or later.
Ramu kept saying that the film is not a remake of the original
"Sholay", but one look at the final product is enough to prove the
veracity. "Aag" is the acclaimed director's vague endeavor to give
"Sholay" dialogues a comic twist and package the same scenes against a
different backdrop. A scene where Big B plays a mouth organ brings back
"Sholay" memories. Again, the tune of "Yeh dosti hum nahi chodenge" is
also a rip-off. Some new lines are noteworthy but they fail to create
Shockingly, most of the scenes in the film are beyond reachable
reality. The film starts with Hero (played by Ajay Devgan) and Raaj
(Prashant Raj) coming to Mumbai from Nasik looking for work, which they
manage to get with the help of Rambha Bhai (Rajpal Yadav
). But it's
only when they are caught by police inspector Narsimha (Mohan Lal) that
they realize that they were involved in some illegal work. The cop then
takes their help to trap the mastermind of the racket. At the same
time, he is duty-bound to put them behind bars. After spending a year
in jail, the two are back to their old ways, like Jai and Veeru in
In a nutshell, although the director claims to have created something
different, he has just served up the old recipe in a new dish with
In some scenes the director has missed on some basic things that he
shouldn't have, given his experience. Although the story is based in
Mumbai, it fails to highlight the city properly. Just the names of the
characters have been given a Marathi flavour. Amitabh Bachchan
character has been named Babban, with a 'Singh' to tail along.
Gabbar's famous "Holi kab hai? Kab hai holi?" has been replaced with
"Diwali kab hai? Kab hai diwali?". Had the Holi scene been picturised
well, there would have been no problem. But Ramu must know that March
in India is not ready to bear clouds, or else Sippy would have caught
it on reel before.
Amitji has played quite a few negative roles before and he has done
justice to the character of Babban. The only glitch is that at times
his dialogue delivery has reflections of his character in "Agnipath".
Ajay Devgan neither looks like an action hero, nor is he comic enough,
when compared to Dharmendra's Veeru. Prashant Raj is a natural, though.
Nisha Kothari has injected an overdose of drama to the character of
Ghungru, and her shrieky voice is irritating. Her repetition of the
line "too much hai" only proves too much for the audience, too. Despite
looking weak in some scenes, Susmita Sen's cool demeanor gels well with
her screen name Durga Devi.
Mohan Lal is average as Narsimha, his eyes exuding more panic than
confidence. Rajpal Yadav
is excellent as Rambha Bhai but unfortunately,
his screen life is too short. It's nice watching Sachin in the role of
Big B's brother.
RGV's attempt to give a sexy get-up to his actresses flops yet again.
Urmila, in the song "Mehbooba", looks sleazy, not sexy. The case is
more or less the same with Nisha.
Not that there is nothing worth watching in "Aag", though. Some
additional scenes are really well-shot. And the music in the film, just
like Ramu's other films, is a cut above the rest. But overall, the film
remains an awkward drama and not a bit more.
Alas! Ram Gopal Varma
has not only wasted his time on "Aag" but also
his money and energy. Watch the film with an open mind, without drawing
comparisons with "Sholay" (which is quite impossible though). If you
do, chances are you would come down with a terrible headache, to add to