Alag: He Is Different.... He Is Alone... (2006)

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Widower Hemant Rastogi lives in scenic Mahabaleshwar, seemingly alone. One night he has a heart attack and passes away. When the Police search his residence, they find a young man in the ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Akshay Kapoor ...
Tejas H. Rastogi
Purva P. Rana (as Diya Mirza)
Yatin Karyekar ...
Hemant Rastogi
Jayant Kripalani ...
Pushkar Rana
Police Inspector
Beena Banerjee ...
Gayetri P. Rana (as Beena)
Tom Alter ...
Dr. Richard Dyer
Rana Jung Bahadur ...
Dyer's assistant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Bipasha Basu ...
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Bobby Deol ...
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Special Appearance (Song)
Avtar Gill ...
Prof. Gupta


Widower Hemant Rastogi lives in scenic Mahabaleshwar, seemingly alone. One night he has a heart attack and passes away. When the Police search his residence, they find a young man in the basement of the house, a man whose eyes are very sensitive to any kind of light, whose name is Tejas, the only son of Hemant, who has been sheltered, and has never stepped out. The Police ask Purva Rana of P.R. Institute, that rehabilitates young men who have taken to crime, to look after Tejas, whose life has been influenced by books that his dad provided for him. Tejas proves that he has power of mind over matter, and thus proves to be a misfit in the institute, resulting in the near fatal accident of a security guard, Singh, and the death of a fellow student, John. But Tejas redeems himself in the eyes of Purva's wealthy dad, Pushkar, when he is able to wake his wife, Gayetri Rana from a coma-like condition. It looks like Tejas has wormed his way into the Rana household, but this is short lived as ... Written by rAjOo (

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Not quite "Alag"
19 September 2006 | by (Middle Earth) – See all my reviews


One must appreciate the courage of the new lot on being experimental. Take the case of "Alag", which attempts to strays away from the regular Bollywood ishtyle. The story is novel, screenplay is great and performances okay. The story-telling format keeps you glued especially in the initial 30-minutes. The CGI have been used appropriately and is of good quality. Screenplay is good.

Akshay Kapoor gives his best shot to get into the skin of "Tejas/Alag" and fares remarkably well, considering he is next to a new-comer. Diya Mirza carries herself very well and delivers her lines at ease. Tom Alter does a good job of a obsessed scientist.


To begin with, I am sure the project looked indeed different at the conceptualisation stages,- but amidst execution it succumbed into the trap of regular Bollywood fare.

The movie resembles a comic-book as the basic premise is about super-powers. The concept should go down well with the kids, however two things work against it - a few scary moments in the movie and the romantic track.

The romantic angle lacks depth and hence it should have either been given more depth or avoided completely. The songs which I am sure have been suggested by God-knows-who is a bad idea.

Also the idea of keeping son locked in the house for 18-years by the father is slightly illogical. Tejas character gets etchy at times - saviour, punisher, dancer, lover, singer, scared, avenger, magician, compassionate!!!! As mentioned earlier the first 30-minutes are good and then the story loses momentum.

Jayanth Kriplani is loud. Beena is wasted.

Overall - the positioning is wrong neither appealing to kids nor adults.

PS: And if the movie is a copy of "Powder" as a few claim, then Mr. Director you should change the title aptly "Alag Hollywood Copy"

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