Moksha (2001 film)
|Directed by||Ashok Mehta|
|Produced by||Ashok Mehta|
|Screenplay by||Hriday Lani|
|Story by||Ashok Mehta|
|Music by||Salim Merchant|
Moksha, also known as Moksha: Salvation, is a 2001 Indian crime drama film produced and directed by Ashok Mehta and starring Arjun Rampal and Manisha Koirala as the lead pair. The film launched the career of actor Arjun Rampal as well as gave a boost to Manisha Koirala's already successful career. Ashok Mehta won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography.
The story is about law graduate Vikram Saigal (Arjun Rampal) who is not happy with his lot at all. He is very idealistic and wants to battle corruption and society and change the world.
A young girl, Ritika (Manisha Koirala) takes a fancy to him and goes all out to woo him, at first he rejects her advances and eventually he gives in after she presents him with an expensive painting and they become a couple.
His idealism includes him wanting to set up a "free for the poor" law service, but he finds it impossible to find any other like-minded lawyers. His boss and his father (Suresh Oberoi) think he's too young and naïve to fully understand the implications of giving free legal services and he becomes more and more disillusioned and plans how to rob a bank to get money to set up his free legal institute.
Together with Ritika he hatches a plot to rob a bank. But soon after, Ritika develops cold feet and dissuades Vikram from carrying out the robbery. On the day of the bank robbery, a lady informs the bank authorities about the burglary and the officials get on a high alert.
Thereafter, Ritika is found dead and all fingers point towards Vikram. A courtroom battle ensues. Vikram successfully defends himself by fighting his own case. After the verdict Ritika's best friend tells him that it was she not Ritika who had informed the bank authority of the plan of robbery. Drenched in guilt Vikram tries to kill himself but can't seem to do that as well. So he decides to rob the bank again, this time with an empty pistol. He goes to the bank on a seemingly suicide mission, robs the bank and gets shot fatally while coming out.
- National Film Award for Best Cinematography - 2001 - Ashok Mehta
- Arjun Rampal as Vikram Sehgal
- Manisha Koirala as Ritika Sanyal
- Kalpana Pandit as Neelima
- Suresh Oberoi as Mr. Sehgal (Vikram's father)
- Sushma Seth as Ritika's grandmother
- Farida Jalal as Salim's mother
- Danny Denzongpa as Bachelor Simon
- Naseeruddin Shah as Dean
- Kiran Kumar as Head lawyer
- Gulshan Grover as Prosecutor Mehra
- Paresh Rawal as Sharan (Vikram's uncle)
All tracks was composed by Rajesh Roshan and lyrics penned by Javed Akhtar. Duo composer Salim-Sulaiman had provided four instrumental tracks for this album. The full album was released on 9 September 2001.
|1||Jaan Leva||Sukhwinder Singh, Kavita Krishnamurthy||Rajesh Roshan||5:41|
|2||Humko Pyar Hai||Kamaal Khan, Sneha Pant||Rajesh Roshan||8:31|
|3||Mohabbat Zindagi Hai||Madhushree||Rajesh Roshan||5:50|
|4||Nani Maa||Dominique Cerejo||Rajesh Roshan||7:26|
|5||Seep Mein Moti||Pamela Jain||Rajesh Roshan||5:22|
|6||Nani Maa (Lori)||Mahalakshmi Iyer||Rajesh Roshan||5:17|
|7||Seep Mein Moti||Shaan||Rajesh Roshan||5:26|
|8||Jaan Leva (Remix)||Sukhwinder Singh, Kavita Krishnamurthy||Rajesh Roshan||4:30|
|10||Beginning of The End||Instrumental||Salim-Sulaiman|
|11||Change Is The Only Constant||Instrumental||Salim-Sulaiman|
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