Aag (2007 film)

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Aag
RGVkiAaGPoster.jpg
Poster
Directed by Ram Gopal Varma
Produced by Ram Gopal Varma
Written by Sajid-Farhad
(Dialogue)
Screenplay by Rahil Qazi
Based on Sholay
by Salim-Javed
Starring Amitabh Bacchan
Mohanlal
Ajay Devgan
Sushmita Sen
Music by Soundtrack
Ganesh Hegde
Prasanna Shekhar
Background score
Amar Mohile
Cinematography Amit Roy
Edited by Amit Parmar
Nipun Ashok Gupta
Production
company
RGV Film Factory
Distributed by Adlabs
Release date
  • 31 August 2007 (2007-08-31)
Running time
164 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Aag (Fire) also known as Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag, is a 2007 Indian action-drama film written, and directed by Ram Gopal Varma.[1][2] The film is inspired by the 1975 Hindi film Sholay, and features Amitabh Bachchan, Mohanlal, Ajay Devgan, Prashant Raj Sachdev, Sushmita Sen, J. D. Chakravarthy, and Suchitra Krishnamoorthi.[3][2]

Synopsis[edit]

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 again met by Inspector Narsimha (Mohanlal), who, this time, 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?

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Music director: Ganesh Hegde,Nitin Raikwar

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Mehbooba" Amitabh Bachchan, Sukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan  
2. "Ruk Ja" Sunidhi Chauhan, Vinod Rathod  
3. "Holi" Farhad Bhiwandiwala, Ravindra Upadhyay, Shreya Ghoshal, Shweta Pandit, Sudesh Bhosle  
4. "Cha Raha" Shweta Pandit, Vinod Rathod  
5. "Hai Aag Yeh" Sunidhi Chauhan  
6. "Jee Le" Farhad Bhiwandiwala, Vinod Rathod  
7. "Dum" Vinod Rathod  
8. "Hai Aag Yeh" (Instrumental)    

Copyright Infringement[edit]

The Delhi High Court fined Ram Gopal Varma 10 lakh (US$16,000) for the "deliberate act" of copyright infringement for the usage of characters such as "Gabbar Singh" of original Sholay.[4][5]

Reception[edit]

This film turned out to be a commercial failure and was panned by critics and movie audiences alike.[6][7] Rajeev Masand rated it zero out of five.[8] The Times of India stated that Aag "destroyed Bollywood's greatest film" and acknowledged that some "consider it the world's worst film."[9] Hindustan Times awarded it the "Lifetime's Worst Ever Movie Award."[10] It came in first in a FHM India list of the 57 worst movies ever made.[11] Total Film included it in their list of the 66 worst films of all time.[12] Amitabh Bachchan later admitted that the film was "a mistake."[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ An insincere tribute to evergreen ‘Sholay’ Film Review – ANDHRA PRADESH. The Hindu (1 September 2007). Retrieved on 2016-11-20.
  2. ^ a b Box Office 2007. boxofficeindia.com
  3. ^ RGV KI AAG movie review. glamsham.com (16 December 2015). Retrieved on 2016-11-20.
  4. ^ Delhi HC imposes 10 lakh fine on Ram Gopal Varma for infringing copyright on Sholay. Livelaw.in (2 September 2015). Retrieved on 2016-11-20.
  5. ^ "Delhi High Court judgement on August 24, 2015" (PDF). nic.in. 
  6. ^ "Ram Gopal Varma ke controversies". Rediff.com. 12 May 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2017. 
  7. ^ Chaudhuri, Diptakirti (12 September 2014). Bollybook: The Big Book of Hindi Movie Trivia. Penguin Books Limited. pp. 423–424. ISBN 978-93-5118-799-8. 
  8. ^ "Review: RGV Ki Aag is RGV ka daag". 
  9. ^ "A Decade of decadence". Times of India. 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  10. ^ "Review: Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag". Hindustan Times. 2007-08-31. Archived from the original on 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  11. ^ "57 Worst Films Ever – II". FHM (India). Archived from the original on 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  12. ^ "66 Worst Movies Of All Time". Total Film. February 15, 2012. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Amitabh Bachchan: 'Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag a mistake'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 

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