Sangharsh (1999 film)
|Directed by||Tanuja Chandra|
|Produced by||Mukesh Bhatt|
|Written by||Mahesh Bhatt
|Edited by||Amit Saxena|
|Distributed by||Vishesh Films|
|Release date(s)||3 September 1999|
|Budget||300 million (US$5.0 million)|
|Box office||50 million (US$830,000)|
Sangharsh (Hindi: सँघर्ष, translation: Struggle) is a 1999 Bollywood psychological crime thriller film directed by Tanuja Chandra. It stars Akshay Kumar, Preity Zinta, and Ashutosh Rana in the lead role. The film is inspired from Hollywood's Academy Award winning movie, The Silence of the Lambs.
A series of child abduction and murders have left the police force perplexed who are unable to solve the case. Hence the case is handed over to CBI, who designate trainee Preet Oberoi (Preity Zinta) to solve the case. After some investigation the evidence points towards Lajja Shankar Pandey (Ashutosh Rana), a religious fanatic who believes in the sacrifice of children to gain immortality. Pandey's erratic behaviour and Preet's traumas (as a child she witnesses her older brother, a terrorist, being gunned down by the police in their home) forces Preet to seek help from a prisoner, an unjustly implicated genius by the name Professor Aman Varma (Akshay Kumar).
At first he's rude towards Preet and refuses to help her, but with some help she manages to sway him into helping her. The case gets even more tough as she finds out that the Home Minister's only child has been kidnapped by Pandey. Preet cannot handle the pressure alone due to her traumatic childhood and her phobias, also she faces opposition from the local police partly because of Varma's methods. As they begin to spend more time together, he helps her overcome her fears and they both fall in love with each other.
They both eventually track down Pandey, who is about to begin the last sacrifice on the day of a solar eclipse (Soorya Grahan) which will finally help him attain the unattainable Immortality. Aman and Preet eventually save the child, killing Pandey in the process, but Aman is seriously hurt and is on the brink of death. Preet and Aman share a last kiss and he dies in her arms. Preet is given a hero's welcome and she finds a new sense of life in herself.
- Akshay Kumar ... Professor Aman Varma
- Preity Zinta ... CBI Officer Preet Oberoi
- Ashutosh Rana ... Lajja Shankar Pandey
- Madan Jain ... Police Officer
- Alia Bhatt ... Young Preet Oberoi
|1||"Mujhe Raat Din"||Sonu Nigam||05:11|
|2||"Dil Ka Qaraar"||Sonu Nigam, Shradha Pandit||05:27|
|3||"Naraaz Savera Hai"||Kumar Sanu||05:10|
|4||"Manzil Na Koi"||Remo Fernandes, Jaspinder Narula||05:26|
|5||"Manzil Na Koi (Male)"||Remo Fernandes||05:24|
|6||"Manzil Na Koi (Female)"||Jaspinder Narula||05:25|
|7||"Hum Badi Door"||Sonu Nigam, Shradha Pandit||04:35|
Bella Jaisinghani of The Indian Express wrote, "This crime thriller is value for money," noting the performances: "Akshay Kumar and Preity Zinta have done an impressive job as a criminal and a CBI officer". Rediff.com's reviewer Sharmila Taliculam gave the film a positive review, but concluded, "Sangharsh may or may not do well at the turnstiles. If you are a Mahesh Bhatt fan, you may find it watchable. If you are not, give it a miss." India Today critic Madhu Jain highly praised the film's performance, noting Kumar for delivering "quite a performance", Zinta for bringing "intelligence to her role", and Rana for a performance that "remains searingly etched on the mind".
- Filmfare Best Villain Award – Ashutosh Rana
- Jaisinghani, Bella (5 September 1999). "Slick crime thriller". The Indian Express. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
- Taliculam, Sharmila (4 September 1999). "Blood and gore!". Rediff.com. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
- Jain, Madhu (13 September 1999). "Terror in the Soul". India Today (Living Media). Retrieved 16 December 2011.