Sangharsh (1999 film)
|Directed by||Tanuja Chandra|
|Produced by||Mukesh Bhatt|
|Written by||Mahesh Bhatt|
|Edited by||Amit Saxena|
|Distributed by||Vishesh Films|
|Budget||₹ 40 million|
|Box office||₹ 105 million|
Sangharsh (transl. Struggle) is a 1999 Indian psychological action horror film directed by Tanuja Chandra. It stars Akshay Kumar, Preity Zinta, and Ashutosh Rana in lead roles. The plot of this film was said to be based on the 1991 film The Silence of The Lambs, but the film's director rejected this, claiming the film was based on a real police case in India.
A series of child abductions and murders have left the police force perplexed and unable to solve the case. Hence the case is handed over to the CBI, who designate trainee Reet 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 Reet's traumas (as a child she witnesses her older brother Jassi, a terrorist, being gunned down by the police in their home) forces Reet to seek help from a prisoner, an unjustly implicated genius by the name Professor Aman Verma (Akshay Kumar).
At first he's rude towards Reet 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. Reet cannot handle the pressure alone due to her traumatic childhood and her phobias, she also faces opposition from the local police partly because of Verma's methods. As they begin to spend more time together, he helps her overcome her fears and both fall in love.
They eventually track down Pandey, who is about to begin the last sacrifice on the day of a solar eclipse (Soorya Grahan), which he believes will finally help him attain immortality. Aman and Reet eventually save the child, killing Pandey in the process, however Aman is fatally injured. Reet and Aman share a last kiss before he dies in her arms. Reet is given a hero's welcome and she finds a new sense of life in herself.
- Akshay Kumar as Professor Aman Verma
- Preity Zinta as CBI Officer Reet Oberoi
- Ashutosh Rana as Lajja Shankar Pandey
- Vishwajeet Pradhan as CBI officer, Reet's boss
- Aman Verma as Amit, Reet's boyfriend
- Alia Bhatt as Younger Reet Oberoi
- Rajesh Prasher as Jassi
- Madan Jain as Police Officer
|1||"Mujhe Raat Din"||Sonu Nigam||05:11|
|2||"Dil Ka Qaraar"||Sonu Nigam & Shraddha Pandit||05:27|
|3||"Naaraz Savera Hai"||Kumar Sanu||05:07|
|4||"Nazdeek Savera Hai"||Kumar Sanu||02:16|
|5||"Manzil Na Ho"||Remo Fernandes & Jaspinder Narula||05:26|
|6||"Manzil Na Ho" (Male)||Remo Fernandes||05:24|
|7||"Manzil Na Ho" (Female)||Jaspinder Narula||05:25|
|8||"Hum Badi Door"||Shraddha Pandit & Sonu Nigam||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". R. Vasudevan of Hindustan Times noted the performances, believing it could be Kumar's turning point and mentioning Zinta for playing a role "different from the typical Bollywood heroine who is just an appendage of the hero." 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". An article published by The Tribune at the time of release hailed Zinta's performance as "an amazing act", calling Sangharsh "an intense film". Mukhtar Anjoom of Deccan Herald wrote a positive review, noting that in spite of its possible lack of originality, "the treatment of the characters is first-rate" and "the build-up to the impending scare is brilliant". He further described Rana's performance as "outstanding" and praised Chandra for "bringing out the best" out of Kumar and Zinta. In 2013, Subhash K. Jha described it as one of the "rare ones in which top actors … agreed to play secondary roles" to the leading lady.
- Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role – Ashutosh Rana
- Zee Cine Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role – Ashutosh Rana
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