Halla Bol (2008) *HQ*

Halla Bol is a call for revolution. A revolution demands change. But… With Halla Bol , Santoshi returns to his quintessential theme, but this time there is a flavour of topicality.

Cast: Ajay Devgan, Vidya Balan, Pankaj Kapur

While the box-office is ruled by entertainers like Welcome, Om Shanti Om and Heyy Babyy, message-based films do come in once and create some space for themselves. While some of these like Rang De Basanti, Chak De!India and Taare Zameen Par have gone on to etch an indelible mark in the audiences’ consciousness, some just come and refresh people’s minds and wilt away.
Halla Bol, with a strong appeal to people to rise against injustice, would probably fall into the second category – the ones that create a ripple, but fade away soon.

When Sameer Khan (Devgan) refuses to testify in a murder he has witnessed, his conscience begins to prick him. He tries hard to assuage his guilt by paying off the victim’s sister but realises that he has to come clean and expose the sons of two powerful men.

Sameer who hails from a small town makes it big in Bollywood but at the cost of his integrity and honesty. So much so he even justifies his philandering ways to his wife Sneha (Vidya Balan) and the lack of social commitment to his teacher Sidhu (Pankaj Kapur).

But finally when he has to make a choice between the hollow showbiz life he has built for himself and the values he once abided by, he chooses the former.

Little does he realise however that his decision will cost him not just his reputation but also endanger his life and that of his near and dear ones.

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