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Vaastav: The Reality (1999)

Consequences force an innocent man to get involved in crime after making an error.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vijay (Raghu's brother)
Ekta Sohini ...
Puja (as Ektaa)
Shanta (Raghu's mother) (as Rima)
Namdev (Raghu's father)
Dancer (Song 'Jawani Se')
Sub-inspector Kishore Kadam (as Dipak Tijori)
Suleiman Bhai
Babbanrao Kadam (Home Minister)
Vitthal Kaanya (as Ashish Vidhyarthi)
Laxmi Akka (Bordello Madam)
Achyut Potdar
Kishore Nandlaskar


Raghunath Namdev Shivalkar (Sanjay Dutt) and his best friend Dedh Footiya (Sanjay Narvekar) struggle to find work in Mumbai. They decide to run a pav bhaji stall.But fate steps in when Raghu accidentally kills a customer who turns out to be the brother of a notorious gangster, Fracture Pandya and end up in the Mumbai underworld. Vitthal Kaanya (Ashish Vidyarthi), a rival gang lord, offers Raghunath and Dedh Footiya protection and later hires them both as hitmen. Raghunath becomes a respected hit man, with Dedh Footiya as his accomplice. With Raghunath in his gang Vitthal Kaanya hits a peak in the Mumbai underworld. He is protected by a politician who uses Raghunath for his needs. While BabbanRao (Home Minister) relies on Raghunath, there are some others who despise Raghunath, and are just waiting in the sidelines to see when Raghunath makes an error. Raghunath does so, and hence becomes an embarrassment for BabbanRao. Soon Raghunath is on the run, both from the police, and BabbanRao's... Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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7 October 1999 (India)  »

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'Mahesh Manjekar' dubbed for almost 5-6 people in the film. See more »


When Raghunath and his gang gun down Chota Fracture and his gang, Raghunath has dry hair in the ambulance but while shooting him he has gelled-back hair. See more »


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Vaastav:The Reality,Watch it for Sanjay Dutt ,he's simply superb in this one..
12 April 2010 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Vaastav is about Ragunath Namdev Shivalkhar aka Raghu Bhai(Sanjay Dutt),he lives in a lower middle class family in a Chawl of Mumbai,he's a brat and has no interest in studies whatsoever,and is always having fun with his best friend Dedhfutiya(Sanjay Narvekar)and other friends,because of his nature his parents(Father:Namdev Shivalkhar(Shivaji Satam) and Mother:Shanta(Reema Lagoo)) and brother Vijay Namdev Shivalkhar(Mohnish Behl) are always angry with him ,so on Raghu's insistence his father withdraws 40,000 from his provident fund and with that money Raghu opens a Pav Bhaaji stall, they run their shop smoothly,until one day 2 local goons mess with Dedhfutiya and beat him up,hence a fight starts and Raghu accidentally kills a goon who is the brother of a local Don Fracture Bandya(Jack Gaud).

Afraid and terrified Raghu and Dedhfutiya go absconding,Fracture Bandya goes crazy searching them and even takes the help of police to find them but it's of no use as Raghu and Dedhfutiya go hiding in the place of another Don 'Vitthal Kaanya'(Ashish Vidyarthi) with a help of an Sub Inspector friend Kishore Kadam(Deepak Tijori),Vitthal Kaanya was once the boss of 'Fracture Bandya',but is now losing his hold over the city due to increasing power of Fracture Baandya.Fracture Bandya comes to know that Raghu is hiding with Vitthal Kaanya,and meets Middle Man Mandvaali Baadshah 'Suleiman Bhai'(Paresh Rawal) asking Vithal Kaanya to pay a huge ransom amount to save Raghu's life, so a meeting is arranged in a restaurant with a promise that no guns will be bought,but Suleiman does not trusts Fracture Bandya and get's a gun attached under one of the restaurant's table.In the restaurant Raghu and Dedhfutiya meet Francture Bandya and his brother'Chota Fracture'(Ganesh Yadav), Fracture Bandya arranges for a gun from one of the waiters and is about to kill Raghuand Dedhfutiya when Raghu takes out the gun attached below the table and kills Fracture Bandya, however his brother escapes...

Raghu becomes the most powerful and feared and the richest don of Mumbai Underworld and starts working for Maharshtra Home Minister Babban Rao Kadam(Mohan Joshi),Raghu arranges for a job for his brother Vijay and also gets him married to Puja(Ekta Sohini)using his fear antics.Raghu becomes a smoker, an alcohol and cocaine addict and falls in love and marries a prostitute Sonia(Namrata Shirodkar) at a brothel owned by Lakshmi Akka(Himani Shivpuri).Soon Chota Fracture gets Vitthal Kaanya killed so Raghu and his gang kill Chota Fracture with his entire gang.Raghu also kills a group of hoodlums who eve tease Puja(Vijay's wife). Babban Rao Kadam behaves as if Raghu is his own son and even sends Raghu on a honeymoon with Sonia to Switzerland on his cost,Raghu does many killings on Babban's including a Muslim preacher which leads to riots.

Babban sends Raghu to threaten a Parsi person to empty a land,after Signing the required papers for emptying the land the Parsi starts abusing Raghu and Babban so Raghu loses his head and kills the Parsi, This incident gets a lot of media publicity ,so due to increasing pressure by media on his links with the underworld Babban shows his true color and gives an encounter order for Raghu, Dedhfutiya and all Raghu's gang members,which leads to encounter of Dedhfutiya and all the Raghu's gang members by the police..

So Raghu asks Suleimaan to arrange a secret meeting with Babban where he will surrender to police but he comes and kills Babban but unfortunately Suleiman also gets killed in the meeting ,Raghu goes running to his secret house in Alibaug where he has hidden his family,fed up with his life and fear of police encounter he tells his mother to please kill him which she obliges to do..

The biggest strength of the movie is Sanjay Dutt who gives a performance of his life ,to put in mild words he gives one of the best performances in Bollywood history and deservedly won Filmfare best actor for it,even making the legendary actor Dilip Kumar to say that if there is a performance in Bollywood he won't be able to do it would be Sanjay Dutt's in Vaastav,all other performances are good too and specially of Reema Lagoo as Raghu's mother and Sanjay Narvekar as Dedhfutiya.

The direction is excellent by Mahesh Manjrekar(his debut as director),The dialogues are very powerful throughout the movie with'PACHCHAS TOLA' dialogue and climax dialogues being outright brilliant,the cinematography by Vijay Arora is very good adding to the intense, powerful and realistic feel of the movie,the background score by Sandeep Chowta is perfectly apt for the movie, the music by Jatin-Lalit is good too and suits the movie.

At the box office the film was only a moderate success but surely deserved more,although the film won many awards and has very high critical acclaim, Vaastav was followed by Haathyar as a sequel in which Raghu's son grows up to be a don played by Sanjay Dutt again,but was not as good.



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