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Agni Sakshi (1996)

Newly married Suraj and Shivangi are on honeymoon where they meet Vishwanath - who claims that Shivangi is his wife.

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Partho Ghosh

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Hriday Lani (dialogue), Hriday Lani (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jackie Shroff ... Suraj Kapoor
Nana Patekar ... Vishwanath
Manisha Koirala ... Shivangi Kapoor / Madhu
Divya Dutta ... Urmi (as Divya Datta)
Ravi Behl Ravi Behl ... Ravi Kapoor
Alok Nath ... Madhu's father
Ashalata Wabgaonkar ... Mrs. Kapoor (as Ashalata)
Subbiraj Subbiraj ... Mr. Kapoor (Father)
Avtar Gill ... Urmi's father
Achyut Potdar Achyut Potdar ... Commisioner
Brijesh Tiwari Brijesh Tiwari ... (as Brijesh T.)
Pradeep Chaudhry Pradeep Chaudhry ... Pradeep Chaudhry (Vishwanath's Neighbour)
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Storyline

Multi-millionaire bachelor Suraj Kapoor desire to marry Shivangi, shortly after the marriage takes place and they get settled. While on honeymoon the couple are approach by a young man named Vishwanath who claims Shivangi is his wife, Madhu. While Suraj disbelieves this Shivangi refuses to recognize this man and asks him to leave to which he does. The same night Vishwanath telephone Suraj inviting him over to his apartment and shows him a video-cassette recording of his marriage to Shivangi. Suraj refuses to believe and decides to leave the city with his wife but the couple manages to meet with Vishwanath on several other occasions where his attitude became aggressive forcing the couple to involve the police for protection. Written by gavin (racktoo@hotmail.com)

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

15 March 1996 (India) See more »

Filming Locations:

Akbarally, India See more »

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Neha Films See more »
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Before the films release it was said that Nana Patekar and Manisha Koirala are getting married but turned out to be a rumor, it was that they were shooting for the film together. See more »

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Manisha Koirala's character name is 'Shubhangi' but on her b'day cake in the movie her name is written as 'Shivangi' See more »

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Remake of Sleeping with the Enemy (1991) See more »

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Dekha Tujhe Maine Jab Se
Sung by Kumar Sanu & Kavita Krishnamurthy
Music by Nadeem Saifi and Shravan Rathod
Lyrics by Sameer Anjaan
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Sleeping with the Enemy, i.e., Nana Patekar
14 September 2013 | by jmathur_swayamprabhaSee all my reviews

Hollywood movie - Sleeping with the Enemy (1991) starring Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin and Kevin Anderson presented the story of a runaway wife who has to run away because of her abusive husband and then she finds her soulmate in the form of another, better man who does not take his love to absurd possessiveness culminating in abuse of his spouse. This story idea impressed Bollywood filmmakers so much that within a few years, many Bollywood adaptations of this story came on the Indian screen viz. Yaaraana (1995) featuring Raj Babbar as the villain, Agni Saakshi (1996) featuring Nana Paatekar as the villain, Daraar (1996) featuring Arbaaz Khan as the villain, Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe (2002) featuring Sanjay Kapoor as the villain etc. Among all these, Agni Saakshi emerged as the best adaptation of the Hollywood movie and therefore, it proved to be a box office grosser whereas the other ones flopped. I watched it twice in the theatre.

Agni Saakshi (the sacred fire as the witness) tells the story of Shubhaangi (Manisha Koiraala) who is actually a runaway bride with her real name being Madhu. She was married to Vishwanaath (Nana Paatekar) who though loved his wife was overpossessive about her and there was a sadistic abnormality in his personality. Madhu now rechristened as Shubhaangi comes into contact with Suraj (Jackie Shroff) who instantly falls in love with her and marries her. However the marital bliss of Shubhaangi aka Madhu proves to be short-lived when Vishwanaath who was made to believe that Madhu was dead, finds her and then demands her back from Suraj on the ground of himself still being the legal husband of Madhu. After many dramatic and thrilling incidents in the narrative, Shubhaangi aka Madhu gets rid of him to spend her life happily as Suraj's wife.

Writer Ranbir Pushp and director Partho Ghosh have handled the story very well and after devoting some footage to the romantic track of Shubhaangi and Suraj as well as that of Shubhaangi's friend Urmila (Divya Dutta) and Suraj's younger brother Ravi (Ravi Behl), does not allow the audience to yawn even for a moment. The breathtaking narrative keeps the audience thoroughly engrossed for the major part of the movie. This 142 minutes long movie is highly entertaining, there's little doubt about it.

The biggest USP of this movie is unarguably Nana Paatekar who is a natural actor and is able to infuse life into any role assigned to him. He has brought the overpossessive abusive husband Vishwanaath alive on the screen and turned this movie into an extra-ordinary one which cannot be categorized with the run-of-the-mill stuff made in plenty in Bollywood. His scenes and dialogs have been written with care and attention and his mesmerizing performance has made every scene featuring him a highly impressive one. If not for anything else, this movie can be watched at least or his sake.

The director has exasperated the sadistic love of Vishwanaath for his wife with finesse. The audience wants to hate the abusive husband but cannot because this sadism contains an indirect element of comedy also. Despite feeling sympathetic for the aggrieved wife, the audience cannot help but laugh at the mannerisms of the husband who is apparently the villain of the story.

Other than Nana also, the director has been able to extract natural performances from his cast. The second best performer is Manisha Koiraala who has excelled in the role of the aggrieved wife who has no option but to run away from her abusive husband and adopt a second identity to live the remaining part of her life peacefully. She loves her second husband from the core of her heart but is very much concerned for his well-being and safety which is in danger because of her first husband's chasing her. Manisha was very beautiful in her twenties and her performance in this movie is one of the best performances of her career. Jackie Shroff is fine as the hero though his tragedy is that the villain has got a higher profile than him in the movie.

Nadeem Shravan have composed good music for Sameer's lyrics. Jaana O Jaan-e-Tamanna Tu Meri Gulfaam Hai, O Piya O Piya, O Yaara Dil Lagaana, Waada Karo Dil Se Kabhi Door Nahin Jaaoge Tum, Mujhko Dildaar Yaar Aisa Chaahiye, Ab Aankhen Band Karo etc. are all reasonably good to listen and enjoy.

Summing up, Agni Saakshi is the best Indian version of Sleeping with the Enemy which is damn entertaining and likable by all categories of audiences. I recommend this thoroughly entertaining thriller movie to not only the fans of Nana Paatekar but the movie buffs in general also.


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