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Anjum Rajabali (written by)
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19 June 1998 (India) See more »
Ghulam means a slave. Sidharth (Aamir Khan) is an amateur boxer who does not work, preferring to loaf about with friends... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Recipe - take `On the Waterfront' treat with Bollywood formula, take all meaning out of it, stretch it to 3 hours and stick in songs that don't fit with the film - et viola - Ghulam! See more (10 total) »


  (in credits order)

Aamir Khan ... Siddharth Marathe

Rani Mukerji ... Alisha
Rajit Kapoor ... Jai, Siddhartha's brother
Mita Vasisht ... Siddharth's lawyer (as Meeta Vashishta)

Deepak Tijori ... Charlie
Akshay Anand ... Jai Marathe
Bobby Sainy

Sharat Saxena ... Ronak Singh (Ronnie)
Dalip Tahil ... Mr. Marathe
Raju Kher
Madhu Malhotra
Ashwin Kaushal
Ashutosh Rana ... Agrawal, Shyamsundar
Anil Rajput
Javed Rizvi Jarehavi (as Javed Rizvi)
Daya Shankar Pandey (as Dayashankar Pandey)
Janardhan Darab
Kamlesh Oza
Kamlesh Surve
Razak Khan (as Razzak Khan)
Kiran Randhawa (as Kiran Randhava)
Prakash Khetani
Pappu Khan
Prabir Kumar
Rajab Jaffri
Swarnesh Mohan
Ashok Laad
Mukhtar Ahmed (as Mukhtar Ahamed)
Shaikh Sami
Prithvi Zutshi (as Prithvi Juthi)
Ankush Mohla
Gajanan Jadhav
Harjeet Walia
Tayyab Qureshi
Master Karan
Master Kunal
Master Mazhar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amin Hajee ... Black Tiger (Champion Boxer) (as Amin)

Directed by
Vikram Bhatt 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anjum Rajabali  written by

Produced by
Mukesh Bhatt .... producer
Original Music by
Amar Haldipur 
Jatin Pandit  (as Jatin)
Lalit Pandit  (as Lalit)
Cinematography by
Film Editing by
Waman B. Bhosle  (as Waman Bhonsle)
Art Direction by
Gappa Chakravorty  (as Gappa Chakraborty)
Set Decoration by
Hari Bhirade (setting)
Sandu Sonavane (setting)
Costume Design by
Anna Singh 
Makeup Department
Sadanand Shedge .... makeup artist
Sunil Shedge .... makeup artist
Production Management
Sadashiv Athule .... production manager
Sayed Ayub .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Avinash .... assistant director
Hridesh Kamble .... assistant director
Sujit Mondal .... chief assistant director (as Sujit Mandal)
Rashid .... assistant director
Mukul Rawat .... assistant director
Kaifi Rizvi .... assistant director
Art Department
Shovan Mukherjee .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Adil Ali .... sound assistant
Sajjan Choudhary .... sound effects
Hitendra Ghosh .... sound re-recordist: Rajkamal Kalamandir
Rajendra Gupta .... sound effects
Uday Inamati .... audiographer
Dilip Narwade .... sound effects
Nilesh Oza .... sound assistant
S.M. Pawar .... audio editor (as Mr. Pawar)
Karnail Singh .... sound effects (as Karnal Singh)
Vikram Biswas .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Francis Fernandes .... opticals (as Francis)
Prafull Gade .... title designer (as Praful)
Suresh Naik .... opticals
N.V. Pai .... opticals
Mukul Rawat .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Wilson Louis .... visual effects producer
Sanjot Sonalkar .... digital effects artist
Prasad Sutar .... digital compositor
Ejaz Gulab .... assistant stunt coordinator (as Ezaz)
Javed .... assistant stunt coordinator
Abbas Ali Moghul .... stunt action director (as Abbas-Hanif)
Haniif Sheikh .... action director (as Abbas-Hanif)
Camera and Electrical Department
Manash Das .... lighting in charge (as Manas Das)
Arun Kumar .... assistant camera
Siraj Uddin .... still photographer: Exposure (as Siraj Bhai)
Jeevan Vishwakarma .... lighting in charge
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sunil Jadhav .... dressman
Sharad Shelar .... dressman
Rajendra Waghmare .... dressman
Editorial Department
Diwakar Bhonsle .... assistant editor
Ajay Kumar Das .... editor in charge
Vijay Kumar Das .... editor in charge
Virendra Gharse .... assistant editor
Vivek Pratap .... assistant editor
Rohita Shetty .... negative cutter
Baliram Sonar .... negative cutter
Music Department
Shakeel Ahmed .... song recordist: Blue Diamond
Aamir Khan .... playback singer
Udit Narayan .... playback singer
S.M. Pawar .... song recordist (as Pawar)
Nitin Raikwar .... lyrics
Kumar Sanu .... playback singer
Alka Yagnik .... playback singer
Other crew
Ritu Aswal .... accountant
Babu .... production boy
Mukesh Bhatt .... presenter
Nimesh Bhatt .... choreographer
Anant Bhuwad .... production controller
Rajendra Bisht .... accountant
Atin Chakravorty .... production executive (as Atin Chakraborty)
Chandramani Das .... office in charge (as Chandramani Das Chandu)
Nirmal Das .... office in charge
Ganesh .... production boy
P.V. Hegde .... accounts manager
Shakti Himachali .... production controller
Shalini Jagesha .... associate publicist
Kancha .... production boy
Ahmed Khan .... choreographer
Raju Khan .... choreographer: "Jaadu Hai"
Reshma Khan .... dance assistant (as Reshma)
Lollypop .... choreographer
Maruti .... production boy
Amod Mehra .... press coordinator
Jagan Poojari .... production boy (as Jagan)
S.K. Punder .... legal advisor
Rakesh .... production boy
Ramesh .... production boy
Rajendra Rao .... press coordinator
Naresh Shikari .... dance assistant (as Naresh)
Thakur .... production boy (as Thakoor)
Ramesh Thapar .... general manager
Tejal Thoria .... accountant
Shirin N. Bhatt .... film dedicated to (as Mrs. Shirin N. Bhatt)

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15 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Recipe - take `On the Waterfront' treat with Bollywood formula, take all meaning out of it, stretch it to 3 hours and stick in songs that don't fit with the film - et viola - Ghulam!, 15 November 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Siddhu is a small time felon in Bombay who's morals can be summarised as `every man for himself'. His lawyer has faith he can change and is trying to help him by keeping him out of jail for petty offences. Siddhu's brother works for Ronny, an ex-boxer who now runs organised crime in the area. As a result Siddhu gets some muscle work for Ronny. One day Ronny's thugs are beating up some shopkeepers for money by Siddhu's house. Afterwards Siddhu meets the eldest, Hari, and befriends him. However Hari is responsible for causing Ronny trouble and hence Siddhu unwittingly helps Ronny to kill him.

I have only seen a handful of Bollywood films of these I have loved one (Lagaan) and been indifferent to the majority. I find that they have all the flaws of Hollywood exploitation movies without many of the production values. Ghulam (The Slave) is a fine example of the standard Bollywood formula - songs, pretty girls, manly heroes, hairy villains, overacting and dramatic music and direction. As such it is OK but I'm not a fan of these standard formulae. I'd rather have them with at least a bit of a new spin. However this film doesn't want to do that and gives it to us straight. The plot is a basic `do the right thing' film that borrows heavily from `On the Waterfront' in many different ways.

The action scenes suggest a Bollywood Jackie Chan but they lack any of his flair and imagination. The love interest is dropped into the film so heavily that it hits with a heavy clang - the first hour is basically just that, it isn't integrated into the film so much as just added on. It does allow about 5 songs to occur that don't fit with the tone of the film. I'm a little biased because I always struggle to tell one from the other with these things. I know that they films are meant to be whole adventures for an audience but it just felt pretty disjointed to me.

The direction is typically hilarious - rushing cameras etc that really play to the traditional Bollywood clichés. The sound effects sound too fake and don't match the action and the different in sound quality between dialogue and singing is so noticeable that it bothered me. I know that the singing is mostly done by other people in a studio but can't they at least try and match them up in terms of quality at least.

The acting is also very clichéd. Khan was a good hero in Lagaan but he was helped by the more professional feel of that film. Here he fits with the mood of the film in that he just overacts where needed - tears, anger, frustration etc, all emotions are on his sleeve for all to see. The villains are typically bad and gruff and overact like the best of them. Meanwhile love interest Mukherjee (Alisha) is suitably air brushed, pretty and shot with a constant breeze in her hair and soft focus lens!

Considering people make a big deal of Bollywood movies being a big culture. To me this just smacked of American influence. Chicago Bulls tee-shirts, T2 posters etc all clutter the sets. Meanwhile the plot borrows from lots of American films. Like I said the plot itself is just On the Waterfront without the subtext or drama. They take it and just throw out anything of value and add songs! Even the boxing scene sees the opponent being a mickey-take of BRITISH boxer Prince Naseem Hamed. Even the climax is a mix between a wild west stand-off and a Rocky movie! Does no one else see the influence of American culture in this film? It's not a bad thing but why pretend that Bollywood films are something exciting and new?

Overall this film will please those who happily accept the Bollywood film formula with all it's weaknesses. For me I view it on the same level as any other film - it's plot is weak, a basic good versus bad story, with average acting, misplaced songs and not very much to enjoy for an even slightly demanding audience.

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