The story follows a young man (Bobby Deol) who flees India and arrives in Australia seeking vengence for something that started in India. In Australia he meets and falls in love with the dau... Read allThe story follows a young man (Bobby Deol) who flees India and arrives in Australia seeking vengence for something that started in India. In Australia he meets and falls in love with the daughter of a rich and powerful man(Suresh Oberoi). The story keeps the covers on Bobby Deols... Read allThe story follows a young man (Bobby Deol) who flees India and arrives in Australia seeking vengence for something that started in India. In Australia he meets and falls in love with the daughter of a rich and powerful man(Suresh Oberoi). The story keeps the covers on Bobby Deols plan until the end when everything is revealed as to why he is a SOLDIER.
The story of Soldier starts with the corrupt practice of selling the military weapons to the underworld by certain people in the army and the honest soldier - Captain Vijay Malhotra (Pankaj Dheer) gets killed by the corrupt ones - Prataap Singh (Suresh Oberai), Virender Sinha (Daleep Taahil), Baldev Sinha (Sarat Saxena) etc. The leader of the baddies is a mysterious person - DK (whose identity becomes known in the end only). Virender's wife - Shaanti (Farida Jalaal) gets too much aggrieved by her husband's evil deed and she leaves him. Virender migrates to Australia with the bad money earned leaving Shaanti behind who now takes care of the widow of Vijay Malhotra - Geeta (Raakhee Gulzaar) who has lost her mental balance following her husband's killing and tainting of his name for arms smuggling thereafter.
Years pass. And now a mysterious person Vicky (Bobby Deol) comes into picture. He goes after the baddies one-by-one and in between comes across Prataap Singh's daughter - Preeti (Preity Zinta) also. Love blossoms between them on one hand whereas some mysterious and deceptive incidents start taking place with the villains who are rich businessmen now on the other. Vicky is tricky and he makes Virender and his younger brother - Baldev believe that he is Virender's son. But the subsequent events tell that it couldn't be. Then who's Vicky ? And who is DK, the ringleader of the baddies ? Everything gets clarified in the climax only.
The USP of Soldier is its gripping script and taut direction which does not allow the audience to pause and think anywhere during the movie. The fast paced narrative keeps the spectators glued to the screen until the complete mystery gets unravelled. Starting on the routine idealistic note of a tussle between a good man and some bad men, the movie soon picks up speed as the narrative leaps ahead by many years and the real thrill begins. Then there is no looking back either for the filmmakers or for the viewer. Despite the relief moments provided through comedy (by Johnny Lever) and romance (through lovely Preity and melodious songs), the narrative moves fast towards the ultimate destination with several jerks kept in store by the director duo for the spectator. The twists and turns surprise him and amuse him as well.
Personally I admire Abbas Mustan for picking up this plot itself in the first place. In our country, the philosophies of 'Holier than thou' and 'Pot calling the kettle black' prevail like anything. Every agency or institution is just too much interested in blaming the other one but none is genuinely interested in introspection. Let others improve, why should we ? And that's the biggest problem of corruption-ridden India. Military services are respected a lot and the brave soldiers who put their own lives at stake to protect the nation from any external threat are no less than God for the commonfolks of India. But ! There is no dearth of corruption in the armed forces. Not only the corrupt politicians get kickbacks in major arms-related deals but this canker has hit the military people themselves also. Abbas Mustan has done the rightest thing by making it as the beginning point of this suspense-thriller. Through the idealistic character of Shaanti, they have highlighted that the true patriots keep the nation and the ideals of life above even the closest of relationships.
Besides, the movie is very high on the entertainment scale. In addition to the spellbinding suspense; through the track of Johnny Lever and the characters of Baldev and his son (Jeetu Verma), the directors have presented healthy and clean comedy (unlike the vulgar comedy of Anil Kapoor and his female assistants in 'RACES'). There are laughs aplenty for the audience in this movie. The romantic track of Bobby and Preity has been given ample footage and this young pair amuses as well as tickles the romantic spots in the young hearts through its interactions.
Like all Abbas Mustan movies, Soldier also maintains a high production value and quite in line with their habit, the directors have picturized certain quality scenes of the movie on a cruise and also under the sea. Technically the movie is superb and all the action and thrill sequences have been well executed. Editing is sharp and though the movie spans for more than two hours and forty minutes, this length is nowhere felt because of the non-stop entertainment coming from the screen.
Anu Malik has prepared admirable songs with the help of Sameer's lyrics. The best song is Tera Rang Balle Balle which alongwith the title track (Soldier Soldier) was a chartbuster. Other songs viz. Mere Dil Jigar Se Guzri Hai, Mere Khwaabon Mein Jo Aaye, Mehfil Mein Baar Baar Unn Pe Nazar Gayi, Hum To Dil Chaahen Tumhaara etc. are also ear-soothing ones.
This male-oriented movie belongs to Bobby Deol and it's a showcase of his talent. He has utilized this opportunity optimally to demonstrate his all-round capabilities including his comic timing. Preity Zinta, true to her name, looks very pretty and she has performed well also. The complete supporting cast including the veterans like Raakhee Gulzaar and Farida Jalaal have done complete justice to the assigned roles.
I wholeheartedly recommend this admirable suspense-thriller to the movie buffs of all categories.
- Jan 30, 2013