Sangharsh (1999 film)

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Sangharsh
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Directed by Tanuja Chandra
Produced by Mukesh Bhatt
Written by Mahesh Bhatt
Girish Dhamija
Starring Akshay Kumar
Preity Zinta
Ashutosh Rana
Alia Bhatt (Child)
Music by Jatin-Lalit
Cinematography Dharma Teja
Edited by Amit Saxena
Distributed by Vishesh Films
Release dates
3 September 1999
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 300 million (US$4.5 million)
Box office 50 million (US$750,000)

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 was said to be inspired by The Silence of the Lambs, an allegation Chandra denied.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

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 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, 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 Varma (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, 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 Reet eventually save the child, killing Pandey in the process, but Aman is seriously hurt and is on the brink of death. Reet and Aman share a last kiss and he dies in her arms. Reet is given a hero's welcome and she finds a new sense of life in herself.

Cast[edit]

Music[edit]

# Title Singer(s) Length
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

Reception[edit]

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".[2] 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."[3] 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".[4] An article published by The Tribune at the time of release hailed Zinta's performance as "an amazing act", calling Sangharsh "an intense film".[5] 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.[6]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ravi, P.R. (26 September 1999). ""I want to tell my story from the woman’s point of view"". The Tribune. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Jaisinghani, Bella (5 September 1999). "Slick crime thriller". The Indian Express. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Taliculam, Sharmila (4 September 1999). "Blood and gore!". Rediff.com. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Jain, Madhu (13 September 1999). "Terror in the Soul". India Today (Living Media). Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Mittal, Madhur (5 September 1999). "Preity act". The Tribune. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Anjoom, Mukhtar (5 September 1999). "Sangharsh (Hindi)". Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 14 June 2000. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 

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