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Viruddh... Family Comes First (2005)

An ordinary 60 plus couple - Vidhyadhar Patwardhan and his wife are forced to search for their faith in human values and society after the death of their only son Amar. In the process they undergo the most testing struggle of their lives.

Director:

Mahesh Manjrekar (as Mahesh V. Manjrekar)

Writers:

Mahesh Manjrekar (as Mahesh V. Manjrekar), Sanjay Pawar (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Vidhyadar Ramkrishna Patwardhan
Sharmila Tagore ... Sumitra
John Abraham ... Amar V. Patwardhan
Sanjay Dutt ... Ali Asghar
Anusha Dhandekar Anusha Dhandekar ... Jenny Mayer
Prem Chopra ... Arora
Sharat Saxena ... Vidhadhar's friend
Beena Banerjee ... Swati Chitnis (as Beena)
Shivaji Satam ... Bharucha
Sachin Khedekar ... Police Inspector
Amitabh Dayal Amitabh Dayal ... Harshwardhan Kadam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Alter ... Anderson (British Consultate)
Tanvi Hegde Tanvi Hegde ... Asha
Ninad Kamat Ninad Kamat
Viju Khote ... Politician
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Storyline

Vidyadhar Patwardhan lives a middle-class life with his wife, Sumitra. They have a son, Amar, who lives abroad in London, U.K., and it is through his income that the family lives on. Then Amar returns home with Jenny Mayer, his fiancée, and both are welcomed. Both do not look kindly upon Amar's habit to drink. While the parents are busy preparing for a surprise birthday party for Amar, Amar gets himself killed in a fight. A devastated Vidyadhar and Sumitra arrange for his funeral, and thereafter follow-up with the police as to the conviction of the killer, who has been identified as Harshvardhan Kadam. The police version is quite different from that of Vidyadhar, and they claim that Amar and Jenny were involved in smuggling drugs, a fight ensued, and Amar was killed. Subsequently, two men are killed in a police encounter, after confessing that they had killed Amar over a fight over drugs. Then Jenny is arrested for possession of drugs and lodged in a cell. She is subsequently released... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Country:

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Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

22 July 2005 (India) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$110,360, 24 July 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$322,753, 14 August 2005
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Trivia

Mahesh Majrekar was asked in an interview weather the film is based on Saaransh 1984 which had storyline of an elderly couple loosing their only son to this Mahesh Manjrekar said that this is a story of a real life couple who had lost their only son in a tragedy. See more »

Alternate Versions

Will be made in two languages -- Hindi and English. The English title is Versus. See more »

Connections

Remake of A Hard Rain (1994) See more »

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Raat Bhar Tanha Raha
Performed by (vocals by) Pankaj Udhas
Composed by Anand Raj Anand
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Powerpacked Drama
24 July 2005 | by venkat2coolSee all my reviews

A movie that is full with power packed performances from Amitabh Bachchan, Sharmila Tagore, Sanjay Dutt and John Abraham. It shows how the political power in India can ruin the life of a simple "common man". It shows how the entire system is inside a corrupted vicious cycle. It shows how the police, witnesses, and even law succumbs to political pressure.

And Mahesh Manjrekar (as usual) gives an excellent output. Another good thing about the movie is that it contains no unnecessary songs/dance. Its kept to the point. The first half seemed a bit too long, and could have been shortened. However, it was compensated by a fast-paced second half.

The film basically revolves around Amitabh and Sharmila Tagore, and all other characters including Sanjay Dutt, John Abraham, and Anusha Dandekar seemed to be doing a side role.

All said and done, it is one of the best movies I have seen in 2005. Great performances, great story, and an overall good movie!!!

Rating: 10/10


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