RGV Ki Aag (2007)

Ram Gopal Varma’s idea of turning a classic film into a modern day remake was like playing with ‘Aag’. RGV must have been expecting to tap the passion of avid ‘Sholay’ fans. No doubt, RGV has done justice with all the characters from Basanti and Veeru to Jai and Thakur. But still comparison with the original is like comparing the sky with the ground! For example- the original Gabbar said, ‘Kab ki hai Holi’(among other legendary dialogues) whereas Babban’s question, ‘Kab Ki Hai Diwali’ makes one roll with laughter!

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Nisha Kothari, Sushmita Sen

The movie tells the story of a certain Inspector Narsimha (Mohanlal) who takes on one of the dreaded underworld dons – Babban (Amitabh). Needless to say, he pays for it dearly and practically loses his entire family to Babban’s wrath.Rendered helpless because his fingers have been chopped, Narsimha hires two conmen – Heero (Ajay Devgan) and Raj (Prashant Raj) who are small time goons who land up in Mumbai for a decent job with no troubles to take a revenge with the dangerous don Babban.

Rest is pretty much the same to Ramesh Sippy’s Sholay, bar the ending, which is full of blood and gore – trademark RGV style.Except that this time’s it Inspector sahab’s fingers not his whole hand, that’s been cut off. Aag is necessarily about Babban (Amitabh Bachchan), having many more scenes of Babban then Gabbar had in Sholay. Unlike Sholay, Babban, here, is more human and believable Narsimha’s only family is his widowed sister-in-law Durga Devi (Sushmita Sen), who runs a clinic in the locality. And of course, there is Ghungroo the local tomboy, who makes a living out of driving a rickshaw.

The plot takes the original path in beginning but soon takes the wrong turn. After a spine chilling ‘original’ start, a la murder of Thakur’s family, the movie degenerates into the typical Bollywood ‘Prem Kahani’. There aren’t many songs through the narration in the flash-back but ‘Mehbooba’ is just mind blowing. A perfect item number to set screens ablaze. But comparing it with the Helen starrer would be going too far.

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