Vijeta

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Vijeta
Vijeta poster.jpg
Directed by Govind Nihlani
Produced by Shashi Kapoor
Written by Dilip Chitre
Satyadev Dubey
Starring Shashi Kapoor
Rekha
Amrish Puri
Kunal Kapoor
Supriya Pathak
Om Puri
Music by Ajit Varman
Vasant Dev (lyrics)
Cinematography Govind Nihlani
Edited by Keshav Naidu
Distributed by Film-valas International
Release dates 1982
Running time 4909.86m (18 reels)
Country India
Language Hindi

Vijeta is a 1982 Hindi film produced by Shashi Kapoor and directed by Govind Nihalani. It stars Shashi Kapoor, his son Kunal Kapoor, Rekha, Amrish Puri and Supriya Pathak with K.K. Raina, Raja Bundela and Shafi Inamdar who went on to become notable support actors in Bollywood movies.

Plot[edit]

Vijeta (The Victor) is the coming-of-age story of Angad (Kunal Kapoor). Confused like any other teenager trying to find himself and caught in between the marital problems of his Maharashtrian mother Neelima (Rekha) and Punjabi father Nihal (Shashi Kapoor), it is time for him to decide what he wants to do with his life. Angad chooses to become a fighter pilot with the Indian Air Force. What follows is his struggle to become a victor both with his self and the outer world. Angad is attracted to Anna Verghese (Supriya Pathak), who is the daughter of his flying instructor (Amrish Puri). Angad must learn to adapt to flying, leaving his mom and dad for long periods of time, as well as try and woo Anna who helps him overcome his fears and realize his potential as a fighter pilot. Nihal and Neelima are Hindus, Angad is a Sikh and Anna a Christian, while Angad's fellow officers represent all religion.

The film is notable for some rarely seen aerial photography of combat aircraft active with the IAF in 1980s. The central character of Angad is a MiG-21 pilot and is shown flying the aircraft in ground attack role in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. Much of the movie, including the climax involving a MiG-21bis, was shot at Pune. The IAF No.4 Squadron (the 'Oorials') provided the pilots and planes for the film's aerial sequences. The movie included good color footage of the Oorials aircraft in flight and in operation.

Cast[edit]

Facts[edit]

  • The "senior pilots of the Indian Air Force" who are credited with providing assistance with the aerial photography were drawn from No. 4 Squadron, IAF ("The Fighting Oorials"). It was their MIG-21Bis' that were used in the aerial combat sequences and much of the film was shot at their then base in Poona/Pune.[1]
  • The I.N.S. Mysore seen in the film was a WW2 British Fiji Class Cruiser, H.M.S. Nigeria that was sold to the Indian Navy in 1957. The ship was decommissioned soon after the film was completed. The current (2006) I.N.S. Mysore is a newer vessel.[1]
  • The aircraft that the pilots train on are domestically produced HAL HJT-16 Kirans.[1]

Filming locations[edit]

Reception[edit]

Film World magazine rated the film "Good" and wrote, "Vijeta is perhaps the first film of its kind, a film which shows the Indian Air Force, its gallant men and their life in true colours."[2] According to Asiaweek, "Vijeta is a tribute to the IAF in celebration of its golden jubilee last year".[3]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Vijeta (1982) - Trivia - IMDb
  2. ^ Film World (T.M. Ramachandran) 20. 1983. 
  3. ^ C.B. Rao (1983). "Tribute to a Proud Force". Asiaweek (Asiaweek Ltd) 9. 
  4. ^ "Best Editor Award". Official Listings, Indiatimes. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 

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