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Lakshya (2004)

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An aimless, jobless, irresponsible grown man joins the army and matures into a battlefield hero.

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Farhan Akhtar

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Javed Akhtar (dialogue), Javed Akhtar (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Col. Sunil Damle
Hrithik Roshan ... Karan Shergill
Preity Zinta ... Romila 'Romi' Dutta
Om Puri ... Subedar Maj. Pritam Singh
Sharad S. Kapoor ... Maj. Binod Sengupta (as Sharad.S.Kapoor)
Raj Zutshi ... Maj. Kaushal Verma
Sushant Singh Sushant Singh ... Capt. Jalal Akbar
Prashant Chianani Prashant Chianani ... Lt. Vishal Srivastav (as Prashant Chainani)
Shakeel Khan Shakeel Khan
Ranvir Shorey ... (as Ranvir Shoerey)
Arav Chowdharry Arav Chowdharry ... Capt. Manjit Singh Dhingra
Ajai Jose Ajai Jose
Aditya Srivastava ... Pradeep
Abir Goswami Abir Goswami ... Capt. Sudhir Mishra (AMC)
Parmeet Sethi ... Maj. Shahbaaz Humdani (Pakistan)
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Storyline

Karan is a lazy good-for-nothing who lives on the generated income of his father and elder brother at their family business. Karan's days: hang out with buddies and romance a woman named Romi. When he watches an action movie, he decides to enlist in the army with a friend, but basic training proves to be too much of a bother and he shortly abandons it, thus making him lose respect on the home front. Romi also stops respecting him. Karan decides he must re-join the army and show his family and Romi that he, too, is focused upon the path he has to take in this lifetime, but will he be resilient enough to carry out this task? Written by Sumitra (corrected by Calista / edited by statmanjeff)

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Taglines:

It took him 24 years and 18000 feet to find himself

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

18 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mut zur Entscheidung - Lakshya See more »

Filming Locations:

Dehradun, Uttar Pradesh, India See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

INR 300,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

INR 118,650,000 (India), 25 June 2004

Opening Weekend USA:

$139,000, 25 June 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$752,344, 25 July 2004
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Production Co:

Excel Entertainment See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The highest crane shot ever done for a feature film was done on 13 October 2003 with a 24ft Giraffe crane at 17.796 ft above the Tanglangla Pass (17582 ft) in Ladakh, India. See more »

Goofs

At 2:46:06, Karan is shown rock climbing with two trailing ropes loosely entangled. When the point of view changes to an overhead camera, the ropes are clearly far from being tangled. See more »

Quotes

Karan Shergill: Uncle you tell me. Has anyone ever benefited from these rallies and ruckus?
Akhilesh Dutta: Look, everyone has a right to speech in a democracy. But one should never break law and order.
Karan Shergill: Law and order?
[Romila's mother walks in]
Karan Shergill: Hello Aunty! How are you?
Mrs. Dutta, Romila's mother: Hello Karan.
Karan Shergill: How are you?
Mrs. Dutta, Romila's mother: I am fine! Where's Romi?
Karan Shergill: She went to her room just now.
Mrs. Dutta, Romila's mother: Oh okay... sit, sit!
[...]
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Connections

References Jurassic Park (1993) See more »

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Victory
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Music composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
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Lakshya - Landmark Indian Movie
23 June 2004 | by manofsanSee all my reviews

I found Lakshya to be a refreshing step up in the quality of Indian films. It depicted courage, loyalty and other exemplary values in an interesting storyline. The musical song-dance numbers were well done, and the background musical scores were also emotive. I found the cinematography really stood out in this movie as above par, showing off the scenic landscape of the mountainous Kargil region.

Regarding krishnam's commentary, I really have to disagree. Firstly, it's silly and petulant to single out this movie for such criticisms while ignoring the glaring errors and inaccuracies typical of most other Indian movies. I feel it should be judged relative to Indian cinema in general, although it could even compare favorably with various Hollywood hits.

I thought the director, composers and cast did a very good job, and hope this film becomes a benchmark for future Bollywood creations to be measured against.


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