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Halla Bol (2008)

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A popular Bollywood actor witnesses a murder but refuses to come forward to identify the killer(s).

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Ashfaque Khan / Sameer Khan
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Sneha
Pankaj Kapur ...
Siddhu
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Ganpatrao Gaekwad (as Darshan Zariwala)
Abhay Bhargav ...
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Shiva Natrajan
Anjan Srivastav ...
Amanullah Khan (as Aanjjan Srivastava)
Sulabha Arya ...
Nazma Khan
Iqbal Dosani ...
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Deepak Pandit ...
ACP Rathod
Sitaram Panchal
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(as Sanjai Mishra)
Anupam Shyam ...
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Viju Khote ...
Mangesh (as Vijoo Khote)
Sanaa Khan ...
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Ashfaque (Ajay Devgan) is a small town boy aspiring to be a film star in the Hindi film industry. He joins a street theatre group run by a reformed dacoit Sidhu (Pankaj Kapur) who uses street theatre as a medium to bring about an awakening in the masses. Ashfaque struggles to give a creative vent to the actor in him in order to realize his dreams. Ashfaque's determined struggle pays off and he gets a break in films. He gets a new screen name - Sameer Khan. With the passage of time, the roles start becoming better and he moves up the success ladder in a very short time. Soon, he becomes Sameer Khan the superstar - one who can enact any role with finesse, get under the skin of any and every character with ease and walk away with audience applause. Sadly, amidst all adulation and applause, he slowly loses his own identity. He forgets his real self and imbibes all characteristics of the various roles essayed by him on screen. Corruption takes over his entire system, alienating him from ... Written by pragnesh shukla

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The plaques and awards displayed in Ashfaque/Sameer Khan's home office are actually Ajay Devgn's own awards won over the years. You can see Silver Jubilee (25 weeks) plaques for Ajay's films Vijaypath (1994), Dilwale (1994) etc. displayed in the showcase of his home office. See more »

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Performed by Farid Sabri (as Amjad Farid Sabri)
Music by Vanraj Bhatia
Lyrics by Mehboob Kotwal
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Watch Halla Bol for Pankaj Kapur
15 January 2008 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Raj Kumar Santoshi as director is at his element while handling a script that demands its pound of action and strong dialogues. With Halla Bol he gets those occasional moments and on their basis the movie is worth a watch.

Movie star Ajay Devgan (Sameer Khan) knows the ropes of how the industry works and does his bit as a member of the film fraternity who bitches behind the back of colleagues, acts in umpteen commercials or turns sycophant, dramatic, romantic as the situation in reel or real life may demand. But when he becomes an eye witness to murder at a party (Jessica Lal episode revisited) his conscience is at a crossword.

With the aid of his theatre guru Pankaj Kapur (Sidhu) he declares Halla Bol on the nexus of politicians and important businessman who believe they can protect their guilty sons since they control the reins of 'Power' 'Paisa' and 'Public' in the country.

The plot dips and loses audience interest at times since its a script that has been done in different variants before but then you can trust the director to deliver a few moments that draw a clap from the audience.

The dialogues between Ajay Devgan and the Politician along with those few minutes when Pankaj Kapur reacts to a bribe are strong points and raise the movie above the ordinary.

Ajay Devgan puts in a spirited performance but the movie belongs to Pankaj Kapur who lights up the screen every time (reminiscent of Sunny Deol doing his bit with Damini).

For his portrayal as Sidhu - a reformed dacoit - and a bit of Ajay Devgan each time he hits out at the political big wig makes Halla Bol a movie to watch and get, shall we say… a bit inspired.


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