Vaastav: The Reality
|Vaastav: The Reality (haqiqat in urdu)|
|Directed by||Mahesh Manjrekar|
|Produced by||Deepak Nikalje|
|Written by||Imtiyaz Husain
|Screenplay by||Mahesh Manjrekar|
|Story by||Mahesh Manjrekar|
|Narrated by||Reema Lagoo|
|Edited by||V.N. Mayekar|
|Distributed by||Adishakti Films|
Vaastav (Marathi: वास्तव, English: The Reality) is a 1999 Hindi crime drama written and directed by Mahesh Manjrekar and starring Sanjay Dutt and Namrata Shirodkar. It also features Sanjay Narvekar, Mohnish Behl, Paresh Rawal, Reema Lagoo and Shivaji Satam in supporting roles.
"The Reality" as described by the film's tagline, refers to the harsh realities of life in the Mumbai underworld. The film is said to be loosely based on the life of Mumbai underworld gangster Chota Rajan.
The film was well received by both critics and audiences and is often regarded by many as one of Sanjay Dutt's best performances. The film was extremely successful both in India and overseas. It was nominated for and won many awards. Over the years it has become a Cult film.
The film was followed by the 2002 sequel Hathyar.
Vaastav opens with a family performing the annual rites of a dead person on the beach. When the young son of the deceased asks his grandmother all about the deceased, she begins to narrate the story.
As the film opens, Raghunath Namdev Shivalkar or "Raghu" (Sanjay Dutt) and his best friend Dedh Footiya (Sanjay Narvekar) (literally meaning "One and a half feet tall" in Hindi) struggle to find work in Mumbai. Raghu lives in the Mumbai suburbs with his retired father (Shivaji Satham), mother (Reema Lagoo) and banker brother (Mohnish Behl). They decide to run a pav bhaji stall. But Raghu and Dedh Footiya accidentally kill a customer who turns out to be the brother of a notorious gangster, Fracture Bandya. Now on the run, the two of them soon kill Fracture Bandya and his men also, when the latter tries to find them and kill them both treacherously by arranging a meeting through Suleiman Bhai (Paresh Rawal), a middle man in the Mumbai underworld. Raghu and Dedh Footiya now end up in the Mumbai underworld.
Vitthal Kaanya (Ashish Vidyarthi), a rival gang lord, offers Raghunath (Raghu) and Dedh Footiya protection and later hires them both as hitmen. Raghunath becomes a respected hit man, with Dedh Footiya as his accomplice. With Raghunath in his gang, Vitthal Kaanya hits a peak in the Mumbai underworld. Later Raghunath is approached by the home minister Babban Rao (Mohan Joshi) and who asks Raghunath to work for him and uses Raghunath for his needs. Raghu agrees, much against the wishes of Assistant Inspector Kishore Kadam (Deepak Tijori), a good friend of Raghu, who continues to help him by advising him and providing inside information. Vitthal Kaanya is soon killed by rival gangsters.
While Babban Rao relies on Raghunath, there are some others who despise Raghunath and are waiting in the sidelines to see when he makes an error. Raghunath does so, and Babban Rao is soon under serious pressure from the public and government. He issues a shoot-to-kill warrant for Raghunath. Dedh Footiya is killed in an encounter. Then Raghu comes to know from Kishore that the police have been ordered to kill him in an "encounter". Raghu is now on the run, both from the police and Babban Rao's men. Raghunath knows now that he must protect his wife, parents, and family, as they too are in danger. He realizes that there is no escape from this harsh reality. He arranges to meet Babban Rao with the help of Suleman Bhai (Paresh Rawal) and kills Babban Rao as he would spoil others' lives like his in the future. In the process, Suleiman Bhai is also killed.
Unable to save himself from the police, Raghu comes back to his home and tells his mother to save him. He apparently has become crazy and starts hallucinating. His mother takes him away to safety. He tells her to take his gun and kill him, so she remembers how Raghu had once taught her how to use a gun, pulls the trigger and kills him.
As the film ends, we see the family fulfilling the annual rites of Raghu on the Mumbai beach, as the film had begun, with Raghu's mother explaining all that happened to her young son.
- Sanjay Dutt as Raghunath "Raghu" Namdev Shivalkhar
- Namrata Shirodkar as Sonia
- Sanjay Narvekar as Dedh Foootya
- Mohnish Bahl as Vijaykanth Namdev Shivalkhar, Raghu's brother
- Shivaji Satam as Namdev, Raghu's father
- Reema Lagoo as Shanta, Raghu's mother
- Deepak Tijori as sub-inspector Kishore Kadam (Kisha)
- Paresh Rawal as Sulemaan Bhai (Mandavali Badshah)
- Mohan Joshi as Home Minister Babban Rao
- Ashish Vidyarthi as Vitthal Kaanya
- Himani Shivpuri as Laxmi Akka, Bordello Madam
- Kashmira Shah as dancer in the song 'Jawani Se'
- Mahesh Manjrekar as himself in a song
- Ekta Bahl as Puja, Vijay's Wife
- Jack Gaud as Fracture Bandya
- Ganesh Yadav as Chhota Fracture
- Kishore Nandlaskar
- Bharat Jadhav
- Makarand Anaspure
- Anand Abhyankar
- Achyut Potdar
- Usha Nadkarni as Dedh footiya's Mother
|1||"Meri Duniya Hai"||Sonu Nigam, Kavita Krishnamurthy||04:40|
|2||"Meri Duniya Hai(Male)"||Sonu Nigam||04:38|
|3||"Tere Pyar Ne (Male)"||Kumar Sanu||04:36|
|4||"Tere Pyar Ne (Female)"||Kavita Krishnamurthy||04:37|
|5||"Jawani Se Ab Jung"||Preetha Mazhumdar||04:44|
|6||"Apni To Nikal Padi"||Kumar Sanu, Atul Kale||04:22|
|7||"Har Taraf Hai Yeh Shor"||Vinod Rathod, Atul Kale||05:41|
|9||"Vaastav Theme"||Ravindra Sathe||01:14|
|10||"Apanee Maa Hai Duniya"||Shankar Mahadevan||05:33|
2000 Filmfare Awards
- Best Actor - Sanjay Dutt
- Best Supporting Actor (Nominated) - Sanjay Narvekar
- Best Supporting Actress (Nominated) - Reema Lagoo
2000 Awards of the International Indian Film Academy
- Award for Artistic Excellence - Sanjay Dutt (Best Actor)
- Award for Technical Excellence - V. N. Mayekar (Editing)
2000 Screen Weekly Awards
- Best Actor - Sanjay Dutt
In 2002, a sequel was made named Hathyar. It was a critical and commercial success.