Aag (2007 film)
|Directed by||Ram Gopal Varma|
|Produced by||Ram Gopal Varma|
|Written by||Salim Khan
Ram Gopal Varma
|Music by||Ganesh Hegde
K Sera Sera
|Running time||164 minutes|
Aag (originally titled Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag) is a Bollywood action drama film fully created by Ram Gopal Varma. The film was an official remake of the classical success film, Sholay (1975). The remake features Amitabh Bachchan, Mohanlal, Ajay Devgan, Prashant Raj Sachdev and Sushmita Sen in lead roles amongst others. It released on 31 August 2007, and received negative response worldwide, totally unlike the original.
The remake was previously titled Ram Gopal Varma Ke Sholay but due to Varma's infringement of Sippy's trademark and copyright, the Delhi High Court ordered the name change (along with character names), and was therefore renamed to Aag. Aag was heavily panned by critics, and became the biggest Bollywood flop of the year 2007. The film is considered by some to be one of the worst films of all time.
Nasik-based Heerendra Dhaan (Ajay Devgan) and Raj Ranade (Prashant Raj Sachdev) are bodyguards of a politician but, after their employer is implicated in a scam, they end up assaulting a police officer and flee to Mumbai. Once there they meet with Rambhabhai (Rajpal Yadav), who in turn, gets them employed with a gangster named Shambhu. After a short while the duo are apprehended by Police Inspector Narsimha, questioned, and after they agree to cooperate to bring down Shambhu, are let go. The two succeed in assisting the police arrest Shambhu, but they themselves are arrested, tried in Court, and sentenced to a year in jail.
After their discharge they are met by Inspector Narsimha (Mohanlal), who wants to recruit them to capture and kill dreaded bandit Babban Singh (Amitabh Bachchan), who had slaughtered his wife, Kavita (Suchitra Krishnamoorthi), and son, Subbu (J.D. Chakravarthy), as well as cut his fingers off. Heerendra and Raj agree to carry out this task for 8 Lakh Rupees. They re-locate to Kaliganj where Heerendra falls in love with auto-rickshaw driver, Ghungroo (Priyanka Kothari), while Raj gives his heart to Subbu's widow, Durga (Sushmita Sen). They then set out to capture Babban and meet with some success during Diwali, but Babban manages to escape. Babban then starts to ambush and kill Kaliganj residents to compel them to surrender the duo to him. The question remains will the residents carry out Babban's wishes or will they permit themselves to be slaughtered?
- Mohanlal as Inspector Narsimha
- Ajay Devgan as Heerendra 'Heero' Dhaan
- Priyanka Kothari as Ghungroo
- Prashant Raj Sachdev as Raj Ranade
- Sushmita Sen as Durga Devi
- Amitabh Bachchan as Babban
- Rajpal Yadav as Rambhabhai
- Suchitra Krishnamoorthi as Kavita
- J. D. Chakravarthy as Subbu
- Abhishek Bachchan as Gypsy Singer (Special Appearance)
- Urmila Matondkar as Gypsy Dancer (Special Appearance)
- D. Santosh as Coolie
Aag had an extremely poor opening at the box office worldwide, and only collected Rs.80,500,000 throughout its opening weekend. It created a full gross of Rs.112,500,000 and was rated as a "disaster". Aag was noticed to be the biggest high-budget Bollywood flop of the past years from 2007. The film also earned negative reviews from most critics. It was criticized as the "worst remake Bollywood has ever seen". The negativity was created by the slow and predictable storyline of the film, and how similar to Sholay it was. Even Aamir Khan once joked that he will not work once again with director Ram Gopal Varma after having worked with him in Rangeela due to Aag being so horrible.
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