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7/10
Naseeruddin Shah's presence makes this film
vaijayanthi28 December 2005
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NAAJAYAZ 1995/ Mahesh Bhatt I was surprised to see Ajay in a film with Juhi Chawla. I didn't know they had ever been co-stars. However it is the presence of Naseeruddin Shah that makes this film quite good and different than the norm. I first saw Naseeruddin Shah in Ijaazat with Rekha when I had just gotten into BW films and was blinded by SRK and more glitzy fantasy. Even though I could see that Naseeruddin Shah was an excellent actor, I was spoiled by SRK's magical appeal and thus missed the man who is obviously one of India's great acting talents with over 120 performances to his credit and still working.

The plot of this film is nothing new, but I felt Naseeruddin Shah's presence was somehow forcing the film to be deeper, thus better. You could see how the Ajay-year-1995 had not yet grown into his more subtle acting skills that were to emerge from him – but you could feel him watching and trying to learn from Naseeruddin Shah. Whenever there is a scene in Naajayaz that you feel have "been there" before in BW films, you suddenly realize that Naseeruddin Shah is playing it with an intelligence, sensitivity, and depth you normally don't see from the cast of regulars.

Reema Lagoo was also quite good in this film and really looking very lovely. I liked her portrayal of Ajay's mom and Shah's faithful beloved.

Juhi Chawla is purity itself and she looks so young here. Oh dear, time moves so cruelly on women. She plays a police woman and an undercover cop, shades of One 2 Ka 4, and does some very nice dancing. There is even a scene where she does a sort of Choli Ke Peeche 'heaving-breast' dance Madhuri style. One wonders if this is this the way undercover cops in India traditionally catch criminals … ?

For a funky Ajay must-see, there is a dance where he wears what looks like a table-cloth, a baggy t-shirt, and a ski-cap-beany. Yep! Hilarious! He must die of mortification when he looks back on some of these bizarro old dance numbers they had him do –-- pre-Malik!

There are some very tender moving scenes among all the revenge and madness, along with Ajay doing stunts on motorcycles, lots of exploding trucks, and of course Ajay & Juhi in love. So sweet! This film was a real surprise and I recommend it as a good 1990s BW fare – especially for Ajay, Juhi, and Naseeruddin Shah fans.
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6/10
Good decent film
silvan-desouza28 March 2015
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Mahesh Bhatt made several films on illegtimate relations like Arth.etc Naajayaz is another such film. The film brings together Ajay and Naseeruddin Shah back after Bedardi(1993) which was a flop. This film is one film which paired Ajay and Bhatt's then fav Juhi Chawla. Naajayaz is a well made film, though story may not be too novel yet it's handling is superb. Naseer plays a don who becomes a Don due to circumstances but is a kind person, he doesn't want his son Deepak Tijori to become like him. His illegitimate son is a cop(Ajay Devgan) The film does contain 90s masala, lots of Ajay's trademark stunts, he keeps chewing a gum throughout the film and has bike stunts,jeep stunts.etc and songs too but the drama is superbly handled.

Direction by Mahesh Bhatt is superb Music by Anu Malik is good, the best song being Barsaat ke Mausam Mein which became a huge hit, sung by Roopkumar Rathod and Kumar Sanu it's amazing, rest songs are good too most being sung by Sanu and Yagnik including the hit song Laal Laal Hoton Pe Stunts are good

Ajay Devgan is superb in his trademark style and does a great job, he was slowly improving those days as an actor and in this film too he stands out, he played a similar role in Kachche Daage and many such films Juhi Chawla plays the cop superbly, she as always gives her best Naseeruddin Shah is amazing as the sympathetic DON and is simply superb Reema Lagoo who played a similar role in Aashiqui is superb in her role as always, Deepak Tijori is amazing in his role Gulshan Grover is superb as the villain, Ashish Vidyarthi is good as Naseer's mute aid.

rest are all are good
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