Soldier (1998 Indian film)
|Produced by||Kumar Taurani|
|Screenplay by||Sachin Bhowmick|
|Story by||Shyam Goel|
|Edited by||Hussain Burmawala|
|Distributed by||Tips Music Films|
|Box office||₹450 million|
Soldier is a 1998 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Abbas-Mustan starring Bobby Deol, Preity Zinta, And Raakhee . The film was released in 1998 and was declared as a 'BlockBuster' by Box Office India, becoming the 3rd highest grossing film of the year in India. Although Soldier was Preity Zinta's first film, Mani Ratnam's Dil Se.. ended up being released before Soldier and was thus Zinta's film debut. The film was remade in Dhallywood as Jamin Nai by Syed Harun starring Shabnur, Shakti Kapoor & Miju Ahmed in lead roles in 2000 and Tamil as Villu By Prabhu Deva starring Vijay & Nayanthara in lead roles in 2009.
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In Barmer, corrupt Indian army officials Pratap Singh, Virender Sinha, and Jaswant Dalal have been stealing arms and ammunition with the help of a mysterious fourth partner known only as DK. Major Vijay Malhotra, a competent and high-ranking soldier, asks to be in charge of the next shipment. DK warns the group of this and they plan a distraction but are unsuccessful as Vijay ultimately catches them in the act. Vijay subdues Pratap, Virender, and Virender's brother Baldev before being shot dead by DK.
20 years later the Mumbai Police get a fax from the Australian Interpol branch regarding Jaswant Dalal, a wanted illegal arms supplier, entering India by ship. An operation to capture him alive is handed over to ACP Inspector Dinesh Kapoor, an old friend of the late Major Vijay Malhotra. He informs a mysterious man later known as Vicky about this operation and wants him to intercept Jaswant and not let the police capture him. Vicky succeeds in this but when Jaswant tries to kill him to erase witnesses, Vicky is forced to shoot him.
Vicky then flees to Australia. Using more information from Dinesh, he meets Pratap Singh's daughter, Priti, and woos her while getting into trouble with Baldev Sinha's son, Jojo. It is revealed that after all these years Pratap, Virender, and Baldev have become high-profile arms dealers and live in Australia. After hearing of Jaswant's death and DK's possible involvement, they are all tense and worry about betrayal from one another. It is revealed that each of them contain secret files with information that incriminates the entire group.
Vicky meets with Pratap, who identifies him as Jaswant's killer, but Vicky explains his situation and tells Pratap that he can help make him more powerful than he could ever imagine. After an intense feud between Vicky and Jojo/Baldev, Virender orders them to kill Vicky. The assassination attempt is called off when they realize that Vicky's mother is none other than Virender's estranged wife, Shanti. Vicky is then welcomed into Virender's gang. Virender is ecstatic to finally be with his son again and is even happier to learn that Vicky is in love with Pratap's daughter. He wants to use this to his advantage and have Vicky retrieve Pratap's secret file. Vicky instead shoots Virender dead and retrieves his secret file. Vicky then examines the file and discovers who DK actually is. The police retrieve Pratap's lighter that was planted by Vicky from Virender's crime scene and Baldev is convinced that Pratap has betrayed them. Vicky gets Baldev and Jojo to rally all their henchmen to launch an attack on Pratap. The gang is ambushed by Pratap's men and everyone except for Vicky is gunned down. It is revealed that Vicky was working with Pratap.
Vicky then reveals to Pratap that he is not actually Virender's son. He explains that he used Shanti to get closer to Virender and did the same for Pratap by using Priti. He ultimately reveals that the reason for all this is because DK gave him a contract to kill not just Jaswant but all the other partners so that he can own 100% of their crime organization. Vicky says that because of Priti he will instead kill DK and make Pratap the king. Pratap entrusts Vicky and agrees to go to India with him to kill DK.
After overhearing this conversation, Priti reveals it all to Shanti. Shanti calmly acknowledges that she knows Vicky is not her son and that she had assisted him to kill her husband, whose weapons had accidentally killed her own son, unbeknownst to him. She reveals that Vicky is actually Raju, the son of the late Major Vijay Malhotra'. She explains the wrongdoings of Virender, Pratap, Jaswant, and DK. After Vijay's death he had been framed for their crimes and labeled a traitor. He was mercilessly stripped of all medals and his wife, Geeta, and son were ostracized by their community. The villagers even prevented Vijay's body from being cremated and threw it in the desert where it became lost in a sandstorm. Raju eventually separated from his mother who stayed desolately at a temple at their village outskirts while he was raised elsewhere with assistance from Shanti. Raju had been seeking revenge and justice for his father and upon learning everything, Priti agrees to assist him.
Raju then calls Dinesh and reveals his plan of bringing Pratap to India and his knowledge of DK's true identity. Inspector Dinesh then releases Jaswant, who is revealed to be alive and had been helping provide Raju the information to finish off Virender's gang. Raju arrives in Barmer with Pratap and takes him to the temple where his mother is. Upon reuniting with her he reveals to Pratap that he is her and Major Vijay Malhotra's son. He proceeds to beat him up just before the arrival of DK who is revealed to be none other than Jaswant in disguise. Dinesh arrives and explains his and Raju's plan to lure Jaswant before Jaswant's henchmen show up and easily overpower the two. In a climactic moment, a sandstorm ensues and gives Raju an advantage to kill all the henchmen. Pratap and Jaswant are held up and confess their crimes to the onlooking villagers brought by Priti. The two are then left to be eaten alive by vultures. With his name cleared, Major Vijay Malhotra is declared a martyr and given an honorable memorial ceremony.
- Bobby Deol as Vicky Sinha / Raju Malhotra
- Preity Zinta as Preity Singh
- Dalip Tahil as Virendra Sinha
- Suresh Oberoi as Pratap Singh
- Salim Ghouse as Jaswant Dalal / DK
- Pankaj Dheer as Vijay Malhotra
- Raakhee as Geeta
- Farida Jalal as Shanti Sinha
- Johnny Lever as Mohan / Sohan
- Sharat Saxena as Baldev Sinha
- Jeetu Verma as Jojo
- Ashish Vidyarthi as Dinesh Kapoor
- Kulbhushan Kharbanda as Police Commissioner
- Pranav Bajpai as Baaldaar
- Sheetal Suvarna as Sheetal
- Amrit Patel as Hotel owner
- Narendra Bedi as taxi driver
- Vivek Vaswani as a College Principal
The soundtrack was composed by Anu Malik and was very hit amongst the audience. It was a key point in the success of the film. The songs "Tera Rang Bale Bale", "Soldier Soldier", "Hum to Dil Chahen", "Mere Dil Jigar Sei" and " Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aye" were chartbuster and the album was the third best selling album of 1998 after Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Dil Se. Lyrics were penned by Sameer. Parts of "Soldier Soldier" are based on "Cheri, Cheri Lady" by Modern Talking.
|1||"Soldier Soldier"||Kumar Sanu & Alka Yagnik||06:13|
|2||"Tera Rang Balle Balle"||Sonu Nigam & Jaspinder Narula||04:50|
|3||"Mehfil Mein Baar Baar"||Kumar Sanu & Alka Yagnik||05:40|
|4||"Mere Dil Jigar Se"||Kumar Sanu & Alka Yagnik||05:32|
|5||"Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye"||Alka Yagnik||04:23|
|6||"Meri Saanson Mein Samaye"||Sonu Nigam||04:23|
|7||"Hum To Dil Chahe"||Kumar Sanu & Hema Sardesai||05:18|
|8||"Theme of Soldier (Instrumental)"||04:47|
Reception and Awards
Khalid Mohamed gave Soldier 2 out of 5 stars, writing that it "leaves you feeling ever so much older and colder." Madhur Mittal of The Tribune noted that it "boasts of terrific production and technical values", calling it a "a taut thriller".
Soldier won the following awards.
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