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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.

Director:

Mahesh Manjrekar

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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
Mohnish Bahl ... Vijay (Raghu's brother)
Ekta Sohini Ekta Sohini ... Puja (as Ektaa)
Reema Lagoo ... Shanta (Raghu's mother) (as Rima)
Shivaji Satam ... Namdev (Raghu's father)
Kashmira Shah ... Dancer (Song 'Jawani Se')
Deepak Tijori ... Sub-inspector Kishore Kadam (as Dipak Tijori)
Paresh Rawal ... Suleiman Bhai
Mohan Joshi ... Babbanrao Kadam (Home Minister)
Ashish Vidyarthi ... Vitthal Kaanya (as Ashish Vidhyarthi)
Himani Shivpuri ... Laxmi Akka (Bordello Madam)
Usha Nadkarni
Achyut Potdar Achyut Potdar
Kishore Nandlaskar
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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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Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

7 October 1999 (India) See more »

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Trivia

In a scene, where Raghu (Sanjay Dutt) is faking studying, Dedh Footiya (Sanjay Narvekar) whistles the tunes of the song "Sapno me milti hai" from the movie Satya. Both movies' (Vaastav and Satya) genre is same (Gangster crime drama) and both were blockbusters at their time and both are considered cult classics in Gangster genre See more »

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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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Followed by Hathyar: Face to Face with Reality (2002) See more »

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Sanjay Dutt's reality show.
3 May 2010 | by Peter_YoungSee all my reviews

The talented Mahesh Manjrekar directs his second feature which centres around the character of a simple guy whose attempts to lead a normal life fail and as a result he becomes a merciless underworld don. Manjrekar's direction is excellent and he successfully depicts the dark tone of the crime world. He offers a grim look at the underworld and not even once does he try to glorify it or show it in a positive light. On the contrary, through the main character he shows how restless those who get involved in it are. The film, though a bit unevenly executed at places, generally remains steadily focused, and the proceedings are raw and serious, without useless attempts at comedy and unnecessary subplots one gets to see so much in Hindi films. Many of the film's scenes are extremely moving.

For the demanding role of Raghunath, Manjrekar casts Sanjay Dutt, one of the industry's most respected and loved stars, yet one of its most underrated actors. Dutt is simply exceptional, portraying every shade of his character with sheer conviction. He actually becomes Raghunath and manages to create a real new screen persona with his line delivery, body language and his often frighteningly serene attitude. This is one of his absolute best. Other cast members do a very good job, with Reema Lagoo delivering the most memorable performance of the lot as Raghu's tormented yet loving mother. Sanjay Narvekar is quite effective as his best friend, while Namrata Shirodkar does a fine job as Sonu, a young prostitute with whom he falls in love.

Vaastav is not without its flaws. I, for one, found Raghunath's transformation far too quick to be completely believable. The film, though generally gritty, intense and matter-of-fact, gets at times a bit too emotional and consequently the level of its authenticity is thus reduced by a iota. Nonetheless, the film's final scenes are powerful and riveting and the very last scene is fantastic. Do watch Vaastav, mainly to see Sanjay Dutt's performance.


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