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The Last Option (1986)

Aakhree Raasta (original title)
An ex-convict is bent on revenge against the people responsible for his wrongful imprisonment but is pit against his estranged son who is now a police officer.

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Bhagyaraj (as K. Bhagya Raj)

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Bhagyaraj (screenplay) (as K. Bhagya Raj), Bhagyaraj (story) (as K. Bhagya Raj) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amitabh Bachchan ... David D'Costa / Insp. Vijay Sandaliya
Sridevi ... Vinita Bhatnagar (as Sri Devi)
Jaya Prada ... Mary D. D'Costa
Om Shivpuri ... D.I.G. S.K. Bhatnagar
Anupam Kher ... Mahesh Sandaliya
Sadashiv Amrapurkar ... Neetaji (Prime Minister) Chaturvedi
Dalip Tahil ... Inspector / S.P. Roop Kumar Sahay (as Dilip Tahil)
Bharat Kapoor ... Dr. Varma
Umesh Sharma Umesh Sharma
Viju Khote ... Inspector Amarnath (as Vijju Khote)
Jagdarshan Samra Jagdarshan Samra ... (as Jagadharsan)
Gurbachan Singh ... Inspector Ishwarlal (as Gurubachchan Sing)
Vijay Kumar Vijay Kumar
Rajbaldeo Rajbaldeo
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David is an old prisoner, released after twenty-four years in a penitentiary for a crime he hasn't committed. The three men who framed him and sent him away, are now prominent citizens of his town. David walks out of the prison straight into a confessional booth at his church. He tells the priest that he is about to kill three prominent men, for which he seeks God's pardon in advance. He must find his old friend, bootlegger and the custodian of David's only son. David had believed in his friend to bring up his son as the worst criminal and seek revenge from the men who put him away. On meeting him, David finds that his son is a Cop instead. Devastated, David continues on his own. When he is about to kill the three men, his son has vowed to protect the citizens under any circumstances. David and his son are at war, personally and the smarter of the duo would win. Written by Anonymous

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Amitabh Bachchan disagreed in argument with the director over the graveyard scene. The director wanted the father and son to have a heated argument in English in the graveyard. Amitabh disagreed with him and said viewers would not be able to understand so much in English. The director refused to budge and told Amitabh what he was saying was not important, the language was important and explained, there is a background to that scene. The father, who is illiterate, marries an educated woman. She teaches him everything, including English. She tells him one day, 'If you had studied, you would have been a master of English. Now, you will not be able to retaliate if my son fights with you.' He challenges that he can. Now, both the father and son were in the graveyard where the mother was cremated. He wanted his dead wife to hear him fighting with his son in English. The director felt what he said was immaterial, only the language mattered. Amitabh Bachchan refused the director did not relent. When this whole debate ended up in heated argument, the producer asked the unit to go out so that Amitabh and the director could fight it out. Finally, the director told Amitabh, 'You just see. Once you start in English, people will start clapping. Anyway, we will shoot in both languages. I want you to show my version to somebody and watch their reaction. If you are not satisfied, we will have the Hindi version.' Amitabh thought for a while and said, 'Sir, you are the captain. If you feel so strongly about it, let us have it the way you want it. We need not waste any film and time.' See more »

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When Vijay and IGP were watching the footage from the CCTV to prevent David from killing Dr. Varma, there was no audio from any of them. However, there was an audio from the two constables boasting that David will kill Dr. Varma even if Vijay and IGP made special arrangements made to prevent it from happening and that they will lose their jobs. So it's unrealistic how that audio was heard while the other screens did not have any audio at all. See more »

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Bachchan vs. Bachchan
18 September 2010 | by Peter_YoungSee all my reviews

In the 1980s, Amitabh Bachchan has been in several movies, most of which were action films and most of which I personally disliked despite being his fan. Aakhree Raasta is actually one of the better action movies he has appeared in at that time mainly because of its well-written script and of course his own presence. The movie does have some typical action scenes and an unrealistic portrayal of corruptness and injustice, but the entire revenge track is entertaining and is interesting to watch. One has to remember that while the movie tries to show substance by portraying one man's pain, it is still a masala movie which in general is not to be taken seriously.

This is the story of David, whose young wife was raped by a corrupt politician, committed suicide, and David himself was accused of murdering her and got jailed for 24 years. As he gets freed, he is determined to take revenge on the three men who are responsible for his imprisonment: the rapist, a police inspector, and a doctor, all of whom had testified against him in court. But a young police inspector is there to try to stop him, his name is Vijay, and he is actually his son, who never knew of his real father's existence, being brought up by David's best friend Mahesh.

Where melodrama and romance go, the movie is a bit lacking and overdone though it has its moments. I mostly liked the sequences showing the interaction between the old Bachchan, namely David, and Sridevi's Vinita, who plays his son's love interest. There was something moving in it, which showed his humanity and her understanding of his longstanding pain. But the movie mostly works as an action thriller. The way David plans to kill all three of his enemies is fantastically done, and the many scenes of suspense are well handled, creating an entertaining picture for the family.

The main reason the film works is without a doubt Amitabh Bachchan's performance. He plays the two characters very differently which makes it difficult to believe that it is actually the same person. The one who gives him full scope to win is the David character. He is totally convincing while playing a fifty plus-year-old man and is likable and moving. Sridevi is very funny as Vinita, though sadly her voice is dubbed (but let it be, the dubbing artist is none other than the great Rekha, and she does it excellently). Anupam Kher also provides some comic relief, and Jaya Pradha does her brief role well.

The film's ending is excellent and some of the songs are nice, particularly "Gori Ka Saajan". Aakhree Raasta is not a particularly great movie, but it is an enjoyable one, mainly watchable for Bachchan's memorable performance.


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6 June 1986 (India) See more »

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