Directed by: Satpal
I really liked this movie for a few reasons:
1. It looked like Idaho.
I’ve spent a lot of time in in Idaho. Hell, fine, I lived in Idaho for three years. I’ll never admit that to my children (should I have any) but, it looked like Idaho and it made me miss open spaces. And ranchers. And the funny things the ranchers would call me… like “a pistol”.
2. Neetu is a total pistol in this film.
She’s basically the hero. Total role reversal. Totally awesome.
Totally. (I said it 4 times.)
Lots of fringe. Lots of leather. Lots of guns. Lots of horses.
4. This is a Bollywood Western.
5. Funny subtitle text font!
And even less funny subtitle placement. Boo!
Basically this movie is really straight forward, an evil dacoit (Danny Denzonoga) is ruling the town, committing all sorts of heinous crimes and murders. Revenge must be enacted, parents avenged, and justice restored to the town but not before a lot of cows, a bunch of rifles, pyaaaaar and ropes… lots of ropes. And horses.
At first, they try to get the dacoit to surrender, in honor of saying “no” to the authorities he wears his flashy anti-surrendering get up. Can we say sexy?
He later celebrates his new found badassery by holding up a car. With a horse. And steals the treasure chest of
beads expensive and priceless jewelry.
Exhilarated by his new acquisition of
beads (that he can add to his flashy work-in-progress spangly sweater)priceless riches he heads on over to a bungalow and kills Roshni’s (Neetu Singh) parents. Just to celebrate, you know? The Maa is vengeful and proclaims that her daughter will have revenge on him.
Fast forward 20 or so years and meet our hero. Vijay (Feroz Khan) is just a bounty hunter who spends his free time napping on the prairie while polishing his spurs.
He is assigned the task of hunting down the dacoit that has been at large for the past 20 years. He gladly takes on the challenge and spends the next couple hours hunting down the baddie’s henchmen and torturing them by tying them to trees and rubbing their boss’ wanted poster in their face.
I’m totally serious.
Back in Neetu land, Roshni has grown up hungering for the revenge of her parent’s murderer, even though she has no idea who he is or what he looks like. As she claims, she will know him when he crosses her path.
Instead of our bad guy, however, pyaaaaaaaar falls into our fair Roshni’s lap and we watch her casual annoyance at his advances
mellow out instantaneously explode into lover’s bliss.
Finally Roshni crosses paths with her parents’ killer, only to let him run free because, unlike she thought, there wasn’t some mystical transcendence where she suddenly knew who she was.
Then she decides to dress in a disguise and entertain the goons to distract them and sneaks her way into The Lair.
Then, of course, there is some Maa drama. You can tell by the setting/lighting/flashing lightning and over all sadnocity of this screen cap:
The epic showdown ensues wherein orphans are brought in as leverage AND they use fencing foils. As far as “deadly weapons” go I wouldn’t say that fencing foils come up in first place, but you have to roll with the punches in Bolly land.