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Lot of expectations were from this film because it was Bachchan's comeback after 3 years
Sadly it became one of his worst films
First and Foremost: Bachchan looks so aged and out of shape that he doesn't look like the hero of the film and the angry young man doesn't suit Arbaaz Ali Khan is terrible and can't act for anything The film has a story which could've worked in 70's not in 1990's
In Short the film is another Bachchan masala which went outdated by late 80's
The story is done to death
Coming to the execution Director Mehul kumar was never a great director, his films like KRANTIVEER and TIRANGAA relied on the actors to save it and their powerful scenes, in 1997 he had 2 disasters, LAHU KE DO RANG which had Naseeruddin and Akshay and this film both were similarly crap, because in this too the director thought Amitabh will save his day
This film is the last film of Amitabh and Pran together after their memorable work in the past like AAA, ZANJEER, MAJBOOR, NASEEB, SHARAABI and their last before this JAADUGAR which also was horrible
This is also one film starring Bachchan and Dimple who were seen last in a crap AJOOBA(1991) and recently in HUM KAUN HAI(2004)
This is one film starring Bachchan and Karisma, another film of theirs ZAMAANAT started perhaps at the same time and never released till date
Wondering why im giving so much trivia instead of a review? Well the film is not worth a mention at all
The film as I said has the same formula done to death it has the same villains Mukesh Rishi, Paresh Rawal
The mandatory romance, songs, fights.etc Suddenly in the middle of the chase of Bachchan being chased by some goons we break to a last minute planned song NA NA NA NA RE which comes all of a sudden perhaps to save the film
The climax has Bachchan dieing another time after killing all the villains Surprisingly he died in his last film before retirement in INSANIYAT and also his comeback and both the films crashed too
Direction is bad Music is bad Amongst actors Bachchan looks too aged and out of shape and just goes through his motions Dimple is alright karisma irritates, Arbaaz Ali Khan is a non actor Amongst rest Mukesh Rishi, Paresh Rawal, Ashish Vidhyarthi are as usual
Sadly even the hardcore Big B fans found it appalling. It seemed the stale 1980's script was served a decade later and fan-base questioned how could the star even approve of it. "Foul" they yelled. Surprisingly the audience cheered when Daler Mehendi's song was injected which gives an inkling how poorly the proceedings were. There was absolutely nothing that seemed positive about "Mrityudaata".
Later Big B accepted with humility that as an artist it was a bad decision to impose a self-exile which led to turning a blind eye to the real world. "Mrityudaata" will be remembered for first amongst the series of flops which sunk his "larger than life-size" image deeper than the reason.
Nonetheless he later returned as a true "phoenix".
However, after 3 years, he returned to movies and through a production company of his own (ABCL) or (Amitabh Bachchan Cooperation Limited). Big move. So, Where did exist the big fault that made this movie a big flop ?!!
It's mainly in the repetitive formula, which is simple : The revenge story + a political satire + a great speech at the end about the lost justice with Bachchan's distinct baritone voice. Cool stuff Yet at the 1980s ! As we got this whole merchandise before, from the same star, and more than once, yet better and smarter ("Aakhree Raasta" 11 years earlier was a perfect example).
It suffered from what made it look naive and be naive : the poor action (the explosion of the car was a farce !), the pretty easy story-lines (the character of alcoholic surgeon as a lead was pure gold, it could've been great, but except this nothing was gold !), or an older Bachchan doing the same again and again (he was 55 year old at the time).
The worst, most dull, moment ever is when he had to hide from the bad guys as a singer on a stage ! I was screaming LAME.. VERY LAME ! Genius magicians like director (Manmohan Desai) would've made it convincing or acceptable, but never boring after endless similar tricks such as this ! Not to mention that (Desai) already died in (1994), even singer (Kishore Kumar) - who gave his lovely voice to Bachchan in so memorable songs in previous movies - wasn't here to rescue either (he died in 1987). So the player was missing his team especially in a rematch like this !
Let alone what I see as the biggest sin at all : a matter of DEAD Bachchan !! I swear that disappointed lots and lots of the audiences back then (and back then precisely) whom went to watch their star after 3 years of separation to witness him simply die at the end ?!! Despite the message of it, I think that wasn't designed well commercially, as it sure stunned the craving viewers and depressed them while what turned out to be a sudden gloomy comeback.
I can't say that the performance of the bad guys was overdone, because to tell you the truth in other movies and with lower efforts it hit the mark though, but this time the people just hated it. (Bachchan) delivered such a strong performance, trying his best to be serious, satirical, and adding something else the empty entertainment to his behalf. Though, the dose was very intensive, the formula was trite, and the fans weren't utterly in the mood for their icon to get revived just to be killed !
So, was it a matter of vanity that pushed the star to present the same old stuff, confiding blindly that the people will love it as they loved it before ? Or was it the fear of doing something new, presenting the unusual, not expecting the reaction ? In fact, what I do know is that 3 years later, and after many lousy attempts to live the echoes of the past again, the big B would return to be big again after (Mohabbatein - 2000). I think it got something to do with his beginning boldly to accept roles for aged men, giving up finally being a "young" angry man anymore. Ahh.. wise move eventually. And although choosing the wrong scripts, and the enthusiasm over bad projects, are still continuous habits in (Bachchan) unfortunately, but at least every now and then he gets himself into rare experiences like (Aks - 2001), (Black - 2005), and (Nishabd - 2007).
I believe (Mrityudaata) in Indian means (The Angel of Death). The commercial Arabic title of it in Egypt stood for (Revenge of The Aggrieved). But I named it (The Angel of Revenge). Anyhow this angel maybe got a lot of demons inside of him to rely on old, seemingly assured, formulas, but he forgot the greatest fact : time is changing, so must him. Otherwise, he would aggrieve himself and us.
The lesson here is : don't try to photocopy your old success, every time has its own circumstances, and yes.. The career doesn't demand a flop like Mrityudaata, but sure reforming it needs it.
Sadly this film bombed at the box office
The film has a storyline that may have worked in the 70s but this is the 90s which was full of college campus, justice and a revenge-seeking hero This film just had to release in the 90s
Amitabh and Pran had some memorable work like AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY, NASEEB, NASTIK, SHARAABI and the last to be JAADUGAR which was horrible and also crashed
Amitabh Bachchan can't get his emotions right Dimple Kapadia is alright Karisma Kapoor's voice sounds different Arbaaz Ali Khan cannot act Deepak Tijori is a loser Mukesh Rishi is typecast Ashish Vidyarthi is funny