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Sangharsh (1999)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 3 September 1999 (India)
A rookie CBI officer must enlist the help of an incarcerated criminal in order to catch a serial child killer, who has recently escaped police custody.

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Tanuja Chandra

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Mahesh Bhatt, Girish Dhamija (dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Preity Zinta ... CBI Officer Reet Oberoi
Akshay Kumar ... Professor Aman Varma
Ashutosh Rana ... Lajja Shankar Pandey
Vishwajeet Pradhan ... CBI Head
Aman Verma ... Amit (as Aman Varma)
Madan Jain Madan Jain ... Police Officer
Alia Bhatt ... Young Reet
Amarjeet Jha Amarjeet Jha
Ninad Kamat Ninad Kamat ... Abbu
Abhay Chopra Abhay Chopra
S.M. Zaheer S.M. Zaheer ... Kidnapped Boy's Father
Arif Zakaria ... Special Appearance
Yash Tonk ... Special Appearance
Brij Bhushan Sahni Brij Bhushan Sahni ... Home Minister
Saurabh Dubey Saurabh Dubey ... Reet's Father
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Storyline

CBI officer Reet Oberoi sought assistance from a jail convict Professor Aman Varma to bring Lajja Shankar Pandey; a religious fanatic to justice. Pandey is responsible for abducting children and sacrifice them. But Aman is not willing to co-operate with Reet and instead scuffs at her which leads her into serious problems not only by the police but with some public personalities and the parents of the children affected by Pandey's behavior. Written by gavin (racktoo@hotmail.com)

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

3 September 1999 (India) See more »

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Struggle See more »

Filming Locations:

Delhi, India See more »

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NH Studioz See more »
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Karisma Kapoor was offered the lead role. See more »

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Remake of The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »

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A cheesy remake of the Silence of the Lambs
26 October 2012 | by Constantine_2018See all my reviews

First thing if you have watched Silence of the Lambs (like I did) you will criticize this movie a lot. If you have not seen that movie you might think Sangharsh has something new to offer.

Preity Zinta has a bubbly personality but she could not live to the role which Jodi Foster played to perfection. Preity's fear, shock expressions were not good stand alone and bad compared to Foster's expressions.

Akshay Kumar is a nice actor but I feel he was not guided well in his role. It seems the director here did not have any clear vision of what kind of personality he would give him. sometimes he is calm other times he is jumping like a joker or screaming. It was really annoying. Anthony Hopkinz was a force of power in the original, calm scary personality. That first scene when Foster visits him in the jail and how he humiliates her is incredible. The Indian version is so bad. actually very very bad.

Ashutush Rana is creepy but his creep was not exploited. He was wasted in that role. they should have given him a creepy chilling atmosphere. Indian filmmakers do not know how to create such spooky atmosphere. In that scene where he wears a saree he reminded me of actress Silk Smitha. They look similar a bit specially the eyes.

I don't understand what are songs doing in such movie? they clearly kill the main theme and give lots of cheese to it.

Overall Sangharsh is not a good experience. Not in direction, acting, cinematography or even as a remake. The movie dies the same way Akshay Kumar's character dies while in the original Hannibal Lector lives and continues into other films and Silence of the Lambs will always remain one of the best chilling movies, while Sangharsh will be the shameful remake of it.

My final verdict is 40/100


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