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Samay: When Time Strikes (2003)

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Malvika Chauhan battles time to obtain & solve the clues to solve the various murders occurring in the city.


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Robbie Grewal (as Robby Grewal), Sameer Kohli
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Credited cast:
Sushmita Sen ... ACP Malvika Chauhan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lucy Bartholomew Lucy Bartholomew ... Ritika Sabharwal
Tushar Dalvi ... Dr. Ravi
Jatin Karia Jatin Karia ... Kapil Sharma
Rajesh Khera Rajesh Khera ... Doc
Dinesh Lamba Dinesh Lamba ... Sub Inspector Rafique
Barkha Madan Barkha Madan ... Anjali (as Barkha)
Sana Saeed ... Anjali
Virendra Saxena ... Khatrubhai (as Veerendra Saxena)
Mona Shetty Mona Shetty ... Namrata
Jackie Shroff ... Amod Parekh
Sushant Singh Sushant Singh ... Satya
Neeraj Sood Neeraj Sood ... Photographer - Villain


ACP Malavika Chauhan (Sushmita Sen) heads an investigative team looking into the murders of "best in field" professionals. There seem no clues except one left behind deliberately by the killer - an unusual pattern in the shape of the dead bodies. Written by Joyojeet Pal

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Time waits for none



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Release Date:

10 October 2003 (India) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India


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INR 10,000,000 (estimated)
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Good cannot always win .....
30 July 2013 | by nelufar_upSee all my reviews

Samay .... saw this movie on TV long back but the gripping, unusual climax and Sushmita playing ACP to a tee, imprinted this movie on my mind forever.

The opening scene with VERTIGO played on large screen is definitely appropriate message ... this is a thriller of Hitchcockian genre. However, one gets this feeling only as movie progresses with 3 unique murders and a serial killer on loose. All the characters, whether lead or supporting cast, are well established within the flow. Inspite of so many characters getting introduced, not even for a moment story seems diverging from the main plot. In fact, each murder just adds another progression, as depicted through Pokemon levels. Big round of applause to the director for such a commendable job. Climax is spine chilling making this movie not just thriller but horrifying as well. I find this change appreciating. One cannot always expect goody goody end.

Music is well placed in the narration. There are just two songs: 1.)An item number, introducing 2nd victim and 2.)A short song establishing last victim, which audience realize only during the climax. Apart from this, regular background from day-to-day life fills in for most of the background score which gives a realistic touch to the plot.

Coming on to characters, Sushmita as ACP Malvika is awesome. She brilliantly portrays a hard-core cop who always maintains her composure but at the same time like any other human has flaws/weaknesses. Her interrogation style reflects her intelligence and alertness. Jackie Shroff, the antagonist very well tests her composure in the climax by slowly revealing his cold-blooded nature. Sushant Singh as ACP's assistant (Inspector Satya), Dinesh Lamba as Sub-Inspector Rafique and Rajesh Khera as Doc make a perfect team, equally involved and working hard to solve the mystery.

Got to know that this movie received national award for editing .... undoubtedly it deserves one.

Finally, Samay is indeed an all-time watchable thriller.

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