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Vaastav: The Reality (1999)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 7 October 1999 (India)
Consequences force an innocent man to get involved in crime after making an error.


Mahesh Manjrekar


Imtiaz Hussain (dialogue) (as Imteyaz Hussein), Mahesh Manjrekar (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sanjay Dutt ... Raghunath Namdev Shivalkar
Namrata Shirodkar ... Sonia
Reema Lagoo ... Shanta Shivalkar (as Rima)
Shivaaji Satam ... Namdev Shivalkar
Sanjay Narvekar ... Dedh Footiya
Deepak Tijori ... Sub-inspector Kishore Kadam (as Dipak Tijori)
Mohnish Bahl ... Vijay Shivalkar
Paresh Rawal ... Suleiman Bhai
Ekta Sohini ... Puja (as Ektaa)
Mohan Joshi ... Babbanrao Kadam (Home Minister)
Kashmira Shah ... Dancer in the song 'Jawani Se'
Ashish Vidyarthi ... Vitthal Kaanya (as Ashish Vidhyarthi)
Himani Shivpuri ... Laxmi Akka (Bordello Madam)
Usha Nadkarni
Achyut Potdar


SPOILER: Raghunath Namdev Shivalkar (Sanjay Dutt) and his best friend Dedh Footiya (Sanjay Narvekar) struggle to find work in Mumbai. They decide to run a pav bhaji stall.But fate steps in when Raghu accidentally kills a customer who turns out to be the brother of a notorious gangster, Fracture Pandya and end up in the Mumbai underworld. Vitthal Kaanya (Ashish Vidyarthi), a rival gang lord, offers Raghunath and Dedh Footiya protection and later hires them both as hitmen. Raghunath becomes a respected hit man, with Dedh Footiya as his accomplice. With Raghunath in his gang Vitthal Kaanya hits a peak in the Mumbai underworld. He is protected by a politician who uses Raghunath for his needs. While BabbanRao (Home Minister) relies on Raghunath, there are some others who despise Raghunath, and are just waiting in the sidelines to see when Raghunath makes an error. Raghunath does so, and hence becomes an embarrassment for BabbanRao. Soon Raghunath is on the run, both from the police, and ... Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Sanjay Dutt admitted he was hugely inspired by Al Pacino's performance in Scarface (1983) and felt he wanted to bring it alive in his own way in Bollywood. See more »


When Raghunath and his gang gun down Chota Fracture and his gang, Raghunath has dry hair in the ambulance but while shooting him he has gelled-back hair. See more »


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Sanjay Dutt in the role that was created for him, by far one of the best written, directed, and performed films ever to come out of Indian cinema
19 August 2007 | by deadlysmoothSee all my reviews

Im not your average bollywood fan, in fact quite the opposite, i despise most productions that come out of the Indian film industry. However, this movie is compelling from the first scene to the last, and although it has elements of the stereotypical bollywood film, the film itself illustrates a story that is gripping and intriguing. Sanjay Dutt takes the lead role of Raghunat Namdev Shivalkar, and fulfills it to a frighteningly captivating effect. Dutt who has had a life of controversy and turbulence himself, was perhaps best equipped to play this role like nobody else could. The film traces the life of a young, exuberant man, who is struggling to find direction in his life. The transformation from this depiction, to the character of 'Raghu Bhai' is achieved with pure brilliance, by both the script and performers. Essentially Vaastav is an intelligent movie, revealing the infamously corrupt nature of the Indian political system, as well as the functioning of society itself. These factors are shown to work simultaneously to create a character that is forever embedded in the history of Indian cinema. This is bollywood at its rare finest, and it will not fail in living up to the trademark of the movie itself 'The Reality'. Sanjay Dutt at his pure deadliest.

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$36,847, 17 October 1999

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