Agni Sakshi (1996)

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Agni Sakshi is 1996 blockbuster Hindi movie directed by Partho Ghosh starring Jackie Shroff, Nana Patekar and Manisha Koirala.The music given by Nadeem-Shravan also became extremely popular.The movie is adapted from Fyodor Dostovskey’s written The Idiot.

Cast: Jackie Shroff, Nana Patekar, Manisha Koirala

The film was released along with two other films, Yaraana starring Madhuri Dixit and Daraar starring Juhi Chawla, all the three movies based on Julia Robert starrer Sleeping With The Enemy, out of which only Agni Sakshi proved to be a hit.Nana Patekar won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1997 for this film.

Suraj Kapoor is a single, and wealthy young man. One day he meets with Shivangi, and both fall in love with each other.Shortly thereafter both get married and settle down to enjoy a harmonious married life. While dining out one night, the couple are approached by a male, who claims that Shivangi is his wife, Madhu.Suraj and Shivangi are shocked and ask him to leave, which he does. But the following day, this male, with the assistance of the police and the courts, proves beyond any doubt that Shivangi is indeed Madhu, his wife, leaving Suraj to wonder what made Madhu leave this male, and change her name to Shivangi.

It’s basically the story of a woman who tries to start a new life when the past comes to her in person and haunts her till she has to fake her own death. It sheds light on women trapped in relationships that they cannot escape from, especially in the Indian society. If you are into bollywood movies, this movie is a must see.The songs are decent but can be skipped. In today’s world where the name “Bollywood” reminds us of half-clad helpless actresses whose only purpose in the movie is to yell for help while the macho actor comes from nowhere and rescues her, this movie gives Bollywood viewers yet another reason to be patient and wait for movies such as these. Even though there are moments in this movie where the main actor rescues the actress from her “past”, there is definitely a plot! Manisha Koirala and Nana Patekar especially give us a stunning performance and the rest of the cast do a decent job too.

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