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One of the first cricket based films

Author: silvan-desouza from India
24 January 2010

Cricket based films have been taken up in a big way now but in late 80's and early 90's hardly films were made on them AWWAL NUMBER(1990) was one of the first The film showcases on the game cricket, the rivalry but it's also a DEV ANAND film He has directed the film and his worst habit is to hog the limelight So here initially the rivalry between Aditya and Aamir is well handled and also the cricket spirit is well built but later-on most scenes feature Dev Anand and how he plans to solve the conspiracy The film has several good moments but only flaw being too much on Dev Saab.etc The film builds up well towards the climax and the climax is good Direction by DEV ANAND is good in parts Music is okay Aamir looks young and does a good job, though he was raw initially those days Aditya too is good in his part though could be better in several parts Dev Anand repeats his usual style and does an okay job Ekta(Mohinish's wife now)annoys Khulbushan Kharbanda is good, Macmohan and rest are okay

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The films looks awful but it is not..

Author: shahabkalim-1 from India
29 April 2006

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Well , if u consider Lagaan as a classic then I m sure Lagaan should thank Awwal Number because i think Ashutosh Gowariker before writing Lagaan must have been inspired by this Dev Anand directed film..The plot is different but the essence is same in both the films.

This film has terrible performances(aditya panscholi being the sole exception) with loud hamming and crazy direction but still the film is a watchable one .

By the way in Lagaan and in Awwal Number, the sixer off the last ball is hit by the same batsman ,Aamir Khan .

America have been making those MLB based films for ages where the lead guy from a struggling team comes in the end and hits the home run,kisses his girlfriend and goes home , so i guess this was not a bad attempt from Dev Anand..

Wish it was made on a bigger budget with better performances .Ahh no no, my wish got fulfilled long time back..Lagaan was made in 2001..isnt it?

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Sports based entertainment

Author: Shashi Krishna from Denmark
2 March 2005

Not exactly one of my favorites considering this was one of the zillions of movies Dev Anand has directed. But what was interesting about it was it being designed around cricket. Not many movies are produced in Bollywood which tackle this genre, Lagaan being an amazingly sole exception considering it made it all the way to the Academy awards. Awwal Number was probably one of the first few movies that pioneered the theme of sports based jealousy, passion, love and the spirit. Aamir still getting hold of his acting prowess with an equally new Aditya Panscholi made for an interesting movie. Throw in an evergreen Dev sa'ab making sure things ran smoothly and you have "Awwal Number". The songs were pretty forgettable but what stayed was the memory of a movie based on Cricket.

5 points out of 10 for being different in the theme.

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