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Saathi (1991)

As children, Suraj and Amar had helplessly watched a police inspector beat their poor father to death by throwing him from a window of a multi-storied building. Amar and Suraj grow up and ... See full summary »

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Suraj (as Aditya Panscholi)
Mohsin Khan ...
Amar
Varsha Usgaonkar ...
Nisha
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Pasha
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Samant
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Shetty
Dinesh Anand
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Bartender
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Tina (Prostitute) (as Sony Razdan)
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Vicky (as Raju Shreshtha)
Homi Wadia ...
Police Inspector Khan
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Suraj's Father
Bashir Khan
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Chikna (as Gavin Pekard)
Sharad Chauhan
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As children, Suraj and Amar had helplessly watched a police inspector beat their poor father to death by throwing him from a window of a multi-storied building. Amar and Suraj grow up and take to petty crime. It is this that leads them to a gangster named Pasha, and it is here that Amar and Suraj will decide to part ways, for Amar does not want to get involved in any gangland activity especially dealing with illicit drugs, while Suraj wants money and wealth and will do anything to get rich. Their paths will cross again, when Suraj accepts a contract to kill a young drug addict named Vicky from testifying against Pasha and his men. What Suraj does not know is that Vicky is the brother of Asha, the woman Amar has fallen in love with, and will do anything to protect her and Vicky. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Producer Mukesh Duggal wanted to throw Mohsin Khan out of Saathi when he had lied about something during the making of Fateh. Mohshin had stated he could not shoot for Fateh because he was busy shooting for Mahaanta That proved to be a lie because Mahaanta was not being shot that day. When Mohsin finally apologized after being caught in a lie,Mukesh relented and agreed to have him back in the film. See more »

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Aaj Hum Tum O Sanam, Milke Yeh Wada Karen
Music by Nadeem Saifi & Shravan Rathod
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Solid piece of 90's film-making!
4 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

Last week, I just happen to rediscover this film directed by Mahesh Bhatt and I must confess that I still can't get the film out of my mind. To me, it's a solid piece of 90's film-making in India. The film is loosely based on the film Scarface (1983) which was directed by Brian De Palma and was written by Oliver Stone. Though, the similarity between the two films is just restricted to the 'rise of a gangster' part. Saathi, essentially is the story of Suraj (Aditya Pancholi) and Amar (Mohsin Khan) and their friendship which also reminds me of Sholay's Jai and Veeru in a vague manner, especially the earlier part.

The film chronicles the journey of both the friends together from street urchins to petty thieves to life of some serious crime. At a certain point Amar refuses to tread this path of crime and Suraj is hell bent on going on and on. The characterizations of Amar and Suraj also share similarities with Ravi and Vicky respectively from Bhatt's previous film Naam (1986), incidentally written by Salim Khan.

The strength of the film lies in its brisk and relentless narrative, good performances and good music. The way Bhatt has used the songs to take the narrative further is also commendable. Every song adds up to the narrative in its own way despite of there being six songs in the film. 'Yaarana Yaar Ka', 'Aisa Bhi Dekho Waqt Jeeven Mein Aata Hai' and 'Zindagi Ki Talash Mein' are among the best of the songs in the film.

Aditya Pancholi's Suraj and Mohsin Khan's Amar balance each other quite well. Aditya's reckless, impulsive and nervous portrayal of Suraj is one of the actor's best till date. Mohsin's mature, restrained and underplayed interpretation of Amar compliments Suraj quite well. The highlight of the film is the scene where Suraj goes way out of control and shoots the policeman who was responsible for his father's death.

The explicitness of violence and drugs portrayed in the film is typically 80's-early 90's which was very much required by the film to make its point regarding connections between poverty, crime and class conflict.


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