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Discussion in 'Anjaam' started by Bridget, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. Bridget

    Bridget Well-Known Member

    ANJAAM (1994)

    by Barbara Burkowsky


    Although Anjaam was only an average hit and does not have the features that made Darr and Baazigar (1993) so popular, it is nevertheless a very good and quite disturbing psychological thriller, as well as a shining example of Shahrukh’s talent for portraying extreme characters.

    After his successful villain role in Darr, Shahrukh went on to win the Best Villain award for Anjaam the following year, and little wonder, because both roles are essentially quite similar. In Anjaam he plays a rich, spoilt son whose obsessive love and determination to get the woman he wants borders on sheer madness.

    Like Darr, Anjaam is also ‘a violent love story’, in which Shahrukh’s character, Vijay, stalks a woman who continually spurns him, which in turn enrages him further and drives him to more desperate, criminal acts. Determined to get what he wants or else destroy what he can’t have, this course leads to an extreme outcome, which is the apt title of this movie, Anjaam, meaning ‘end result’.

    Anjaam actually revolves around the female character in this story, namely Shivani, who is played extremely well by Madhuri Dixit who complements Shahrukh’s brilliant acting in many intense scenes, including some shocking moments of violence. It is this violence und great injustice perpetrated on Shivani which pushes her onto a course of determined wrath.

    Indeed, this is a story about the injustices suffered by women, not only in male-female relationships, but in a court of justice governed by men, and also in prison, where Shivani endures unspeakable brutality and experiences corruption and immoral deeds by high officials.

    Short but very poignant and graphic scenes vividly convey the harsh and shocking reality of life for such victims, but from the depths of Shivani’s great anguish arise the strength, power and determination to defend herself and even execute vengeance.

    Powerful, evocative music accompanying some scenes stirs up all kinds of emotions in the viewer as the suspense builds up to an unforeseeable climactic end result. Even some light comedy by popular comedian Johnny Lever pretending to be a woman cannot relieve the overall serious intensity of this story, nor detract from the frighteningly realistic performances by the leading stars.

    Shahrukh’s use of body language and facial expressions once again make his character disturbingly real, such as the nervous twitch in his neck and shoulder when he sees Shivani with her husband, or when he mutilates himself in order to frame Shivani and have her wrongly imprisoned.

    Shahrukh’s acting is equally effective and unforgettable when Vijay is injured
    in a car accident and is a mentally disconnected invalid in a wheelchair for some time, as well as earlier in the film when he is an irritating passenger on a plane, trying to get air-hostess Shivani’s attention. Having set his heart on Shivani, there follows a bouncy, happy song allowing Shahrukh to demonstrate some of his athletic skills such as singing on top of a moving taxi and doing happy cartwheels.

    But the mood of the film soon becomes much more somber and emotionally suspenseful after this, as Vijay’s dream is dashed and his self-centered and unbalanced personality takes over his life, and consequently ruins the lives of others as well.

    As such, Anjaam is a dark world far removed from Shahrukh’s more recent and popular romantic movies, but it remains an important statement in his acting career, and together with similar dramatic roles in Darr, Baazigar and Ram Jaane, allows us to see the full range of his acting talents.

  2. Bridget

    Bridget Well-Known Member

    Producer: Rahul Rawail & Maharukh Jokhi
    Director: Rahul Rawail
    Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit
    Music: Anand-Milind
    Genre: Horror
    Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance Released on: April, 1994
    Reviewed by: Rakesh Budhu
    Reviewer's Rating: 5 out of 10 Cumulative Rating: 7.64 out of 10

    Now, in 2002, it is quite apparent that Rahul Rawail has truly not changed his attempts at making completely lackluster masaladar Bollywood films!

    That aside, sticking Anjaam into the VCR (The DVD is in poor circulation, if you do find it, it is most likely not worth your money because of poor quality and little features), will bring back many a memories from previous “Anjaams” that followed in the gory revenge come possession storyline.

    Rawail was clearly inspired by the previous Anjaam of 1974 in the root cause of evil being money, but he has wasted talents in this film. One wonders truly why Shah Rukh Khan won the Filmfare Award for best villain in this film.

    That entire aside, the film deals with Shah Rukh’s obsession with Madhuri Dixit and his countless attempts at acquiring the beauty queen. Shah Rukh’s journey towards acquiring Madhuri and Madhuri’s tribulations that follow, which focus on the greed and illusion of the evil men that have torn her life apart describes the rest of this lackluster film.

    We are truly not given a real reason to understand his lust for Madhuri. Furthermore Madhuri’s character is the one that becomes evil further down the line, and none of these seasoned actors seemed at all interested in the project. This was during the Baazigar and Darr days (both of those films released in 1993) where Shah Rukh’s obsessive acts and negative roles were ruling the roast, but clearly Darr and Baazigar were much better products. The script in this film falls apart juggling Madhuri’s dilemma, Shah Rukh’s incessant attempts at winning her over and the possession storyline where Madhuri embarks to take revenge on her wrong doers. Each of these amongst the numerous other things are all kludged together in a non-appealing manner.

    In fact, Rawail’s style of film making in this film is bad. He hasn’t handled the characters with ease and has them themselves appearing as lost as well. The end result will leave the audiences in as much confusion as the characters and will have people applauding the ending simply because they would want to kill them themselves!

    There is such a lack of a decent effort on Rawail’s part here, especially when you compare films that followed, those that actually took the audience’s brains into consideration (sure we’ll believe that Madhuri can eat a man’s flesh alive!) The film also had shoddy production values, a factor haunting it till this day (why it doesn’t have a formal DVD released to the market).

    Anand-Milind, the musical duo that was, gave an excellent effort to the otherwise boring film. Interesting how the music drew the audience to the film but the poor output caused its flop in the end. Anyways, “Barso Ki Baad”, Abhijeet’s “Badi Mushkil”, “Tu Samne Jab Aaata Hai” and especially "Athara Baras Ki" many other numbers were quite popular even after the film’s demise.

    I sat through Anjaam years ago and could safely do so again because of the beautiful tunes and two of my favorite actors trying to give it their all but failing at the same time. However, I’m not sure you would be able to.


  3. Shabana_SRK

    Shabana_SRK Dr D&G

    finally saw this movie recently and i have to say its really well done..its typical bollywood over dramatic style the acting is amazing from all the actors!

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