August - September 2004
Film Review: Lekshya
The most awaited Bollywood flick is finally released.
Through all the pre release hype ( including Hritik's
"special" haircut for the film which created such a stir
-- then !) Hritik fans finally get to see the film which
they have waited for the past 3 years.
Karan Shergill, ( Hritik Roshan) a tentative college
student is unsure about what he wants in life and has
no particular "Lakshya". His then aimless life
is just about his college friends and his girlfriend
Romila Dutta ( Priety Zinta) who is then a part time
One fine day Karan decides that his aimless life should
be brought to an end -- and what does he decide to do ?
..he joins the Indian Army ! (unfortunately the script
doesn't justify why !).
During all this Romila gets a job as a correspondent with a
TV channel, Global News.Post his days at the Indian Military
Academy, Shergill is posted with the 3rd Punjab Rifles, who
is headed by Colonel Sunil Damle ( Amitabh Bachchan). Just
as he is posted there, the Indo Pak Kargil confrontation
begins and who else but to save the day -- Karan Shergill !!
Romila and her cameraman follow the army to the Kargil area
to cover the war. And guess what ?? they are the only pair
of journalist who are covering the war ! BBC, CNN, etc.
sorry no room for them.....
In showing Shergill as the saviour ( for the recapture of
Peak 5179, one of the sub missions in Operation Vijay during
the Kargil War), director Farhan Akhtar wants to show how a
tentative "boy" grows into a "pak bashing" hero. His only
achievement in the 3 hour plus film is another re hash of a
Indo Pak conflict, merged with his definition of achieving a
"Lakshya", a limp/lame plot, with a boring music score.
Post the "goodwill" cricket matches, and the general
goodwill which has been generated between both India and
Pakistan by the BJP Government, this film seems a little
outdated in spirit. The 1st question a fellow journalist
sitting next to me was "Do we need any more Indo-pak
conflict films ? "
The film is downright slow and dragging in the 1st half.
Shergill's apparent "simplicity" is shown to be downright
silly, and a touch tres "IQ-less". The 2nd half is about the
war and makes you feel that one is watching J.P.Dutta's
"LOC" once again, minus the Hindi expletives.
While Hritik has acted well, his performance will not
justify why someone would want to see the film. Amitabh
Bachchan is brilliant, especially the last scene, when he
announces the victory for India. Though one feels that his
role is small, the legend could have been used more
effectively. Priety Zinta with her various hair wigs is way
below her best ( to put it lightly) and one seems that age
has caught up with her to still play a girl just out of
college. The film is definitely
going to be one of her career's low points.
As for the movie goer...he does need a "real" Lakshya ....
Performances -- **
Music -- *
Look -- **
Overall -- *
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