Viruddh... Family Comes First
|Directed by||Mahesh Manjrekar|
|Produced by||Amitabh Bachchan|
|Screenplay by||Mahesh Manjrekar
|Story by||Mahesh Manjrekar|
|Narrated by||John Abraham|
|Music by||Anand Raj Anand
Roop Kumar Rathod
|Edited by||Rahul Bhatawkar|
|Distributed by||Amitabh Bachchan Corporation
Satyajeet Movies Pvt. Ltd.
|July 22, 2005|
Virruddh... Family Comes First (English: Opposites) is a Hindi film, released in 2005, directed by Mahesh Manjrekar. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Sharmila Tagore, Sanjay Dutt and John Abraham. Viruddh is one among relatively few Hindi films that is not a musical, instead the soundtrack is primarily used as background. Marathi movie 'Kokanastha' also written and directed by Mahesh Manjrekar has a similar plot.
The movie begins with Amar (John Abraham) narrating the story of his family and himself. Amar is the son of Vidyadhar (Amitabh Bachchan) and Sumitra Patwardhan (Sharmila Tagore), a middle class couple in India. Amar lives and works in London and he sends some of his salary to them. One day Amar returns home with Jenny Mayer (Anusha Dandekar), his girlfriend, and announces his intention to get married to her. Initially reluctant, his parents are pleased and happy for the two. One day, Amar goes out celebrating with his friends, whilst his parents and Jenny organise a surprise party for him.
Outside a pub, Amar witnesses a murder and, while trying to apprehend the killer, he gets mortally wounded in the fight. Amar succumbs in the hospital. The assailant is identified as Harshwardhan Kadam, son of a minister Kadam. Soon, the police start covering the case up. Amar is implicated in false charges of drug peddling. Witnesses and close friends of Amar too give false statements. The torture doesn't end there, as police try to implicate Jenny as his accompolice.
Vidyadhar decides that it is not good for Jenny to live there, especially since she is expecting Amar's child. Vidyadhar bails her out and implores her to return before she is locked up for good. Harshwardhan goes scot free meanwhile and Vidyadhar decides to seek justice on his own. Ali Asgar, a mechanic and an acquaintance of Patwardhan's, decides to help them. Soon, Ali succeeds in procuring a gun for Vidyadhar.
Vidyadhar decides to confront Harshwardhan in his own office. Harshwardhan cockily lets him enter in and starts taunting him. Vidyadhar accuses him and Harshwardhan arrongantly confesses his crimes, telling Vidyadhar that he cannot prove a thing. Vidyadhar points the gun at him, upon which Harshwardhan calls his guards. Vidyadhar guns down Harshwardhan and the guards enter in moments later Harshwardhan's dead body collapses down. Harshwardhan's head guard lets Vidyadhar go, claiming that he won't be able to look at his family in the eye if he arrests Vidyadhar.
A case stands up against Vidyadhar, where he reveals a pocket tape recorder on which the whole confession of Harshwardhan is recorded. Based on the proof, Amar is exonerated of all false charges levelled up against him. Vidyadhar is also set free. In an interview, Vidyadhar makes it clear that he doesn't intend to sue Kadam since his son has been killed and Vidyadhar knows the pain.
In the end, it is shown that Vidyadhar is living a happy life with Sumitra, Jenny, and his grandchild. Amar now explains that his father has always been a hero for him since childhood and he is feeling a little jealous of his daughter who is being treated with same affection with which Vidyadhar treated Amar in his childhood. The movie ends with Amar disappearing in light claiming now he can rest in peace.
- Amitabh Bachchan as Vidhyadhar Patwardhan
- Sharmila Tagore as Sumitra Patwardhan
- Sanjay Dutt as Ali Asgar
- John Abraham as Amar Patwardhan
- Anusha Dandekar as Jenny
- Prem Chopra as Arora
- Sharat Saxena as Shetty
- Beena as Mrs. Chitnis
- Shivaji Satam as Bharucha
- Sachin Khedekar as Inspector Desai
- Amitabh Dayal as Harshwardhan Kadam
- Bipasha Basu in a Special Appearance
- Rocky Verma as Hawaldar
- Viju Khote as Minister Kadam
- Tom Alter as Anderson (British Consultate)
|1||"Bhooli Bisri Yaadon Mein"||Ajit Parab||6:07|
|2||"Faqeerana Aaye (Bazm-E-Meer)"||Roopkumar Rathod||5:55|
|3||"Mann Lago Yaar"||Abida Parveen||8:50|
|4||"Hey Jag Trata (Ishwar Allah Tere Naam)"||Jagjit Singh||6:42|
|5||"Shree Ganeshay Dheemahi (Vishwavinayaka)"||Shankar Mahadevan||6:47|
|6||"Gham Raha (Bazm-E-Meer)"||Sonali Rathod||5:58|
|7||"Bhala Hua Meri Matki"||Abida Parveen||7:52|
|8||"Saahib Mera Ek Hai"||Abida Parveen||7:15|
The song "Shree Ganeshay Dheemanhi" was selected from one of the Stavanas of Lord Ganesha from Marathi music maestro Ajay-Atul.
- The role played by John Abraham was initially offered to Saif Ali Khan but he could not commit to the film.
- Amitabh Bachchan produced this film.
- Bipasha Basu can be seen when John Abraham is telling the story of how he and his girlfriend met.
- Jaya Bachchan was the first choice for the role eventually played by Sharmila Tagore.
- Much of the London footage was shot in Shad Thames.