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Viruddh... Family Comes First (2005)

 -  Drama  -  22 July 2005 (India)
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An ordinary 60 plus couple - Vidhyadhar Patwardhan and his wife are forced to search for their faith in human values and society after the death of their only son Amar. In the process they undergo the most testing struggle of their lives.

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Sharmila Tagore ...
Sumitra
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Anusha Dhandekar ...
Prem Chopra ...
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Vidhadhar's friend
Beena Banerjee ...
Swati Chitnis (as Beena)
Shivaji Satam ...
Bharucha
Sachin Khedekar ...
Police Inspector
Amitabh Dayal ...
Harshwardhan Kadam
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Asha
Ninad Kamat
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Vidyadhar Patwardhan lives a middle-class life with his wife, Sumitra. They have a son, Amar, who lives abroad in London, U.K., and it is through his income that the family lives on. Then Amar returns home with Jenny Mayer, his fiancée, and both are welcomed. Both do not look kindly upon Amar's habit to drink. While the parents are busy preparing for a surprise birthday party for Amar, Amar gets himself killed in a fight. A devastated Vidyadhar and Sumitra arrange for his funeral, and thereafter follow-up with the police as to the conviction of the killer, who has been identified as Harshvardhan Kadam. The police version is quite different from that of Vidyadhar, and they claim that Amar and Jenny were involved in smuggling drugs, a fight ensued, and Amar was killed. Subsequently, two men are killed in a police encounter, after confessing that they had killed Amar over a fight over drugs. Then Jenny is arrested for possession of drugs and lodged in a cell. She is subsequently released... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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£66,709 (UK) (22 July 2005)

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$322,753 (USA) (12 August 2005)
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While shooting in Pune with Amitabh Bachchan and John Abraham, the crowd held up the shoot. John stepped in and volunteered to calm them down, so that Bachchan could shoot without disruption. See more »

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Powerpacked Drama
24 July 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

A movie that is full with power packed performances from Amitabh Bachchan, Sharmila Tagore, Sanjay Dutt and John Abraham. It shows how the political power in India can ruin the life of a simple "common man". It shows how the entire system is inside a corrupted vicious cycle. It shows how the police, witnesses, and even law succumbs to political pressure.

And Mahesh Manjrekar (as usual) gives an excellent output. Another good thing about the movie is that it contains no unnecessary songs/dance. Its kept to the point. The first half seemed a bit too long, and could have been shortened. However, it was compensated by a fast-paced second half.

The film basically revolves around Amitabh and Sharmila Tagore, and all other characters including Sanjay Dutt, John Abraham, and Anusha Dandekar seemed to be doing a side role.

All said and done, it is one of the best movies I have seen in 2005. Great performances, great story, and an overall good movie!!!

Rating: 10/10


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