Vishwatma

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Vishwatma
विश्वात्मा
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Directed by Rajiv Rai
Produced by Gulshan Rai
Starring Naseeruddin Shah
Sunny Deol
Chunky Pandey
Sonam
Divya Bharti
Amrish Puri
Narrated by Naseeruddin Shah
Music by Viju Shah
Cinematography Romesh Bhalla
Edited by Naresh Malhotra
Distributed by Trimurti Films Pvt. Ltd.
Release date
24 January 1992
Running time
181 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Vishwatma is a 1992 Indian action thriller film directed by Rajiv Rai. This film marked the Hindi film debut of the late actress Divya Bharti. The film was a moderate box office success and sixth highest grossing film of the year.[1]. The music of the film was very successful, especially the song "Saat Samundar", which became a favorite and gave Divya Bharti the limelight in Bollywood.[2][3][4][5][6]

Plot[edit]

Prabhat Singh (Sunny Deol) is an honest and dedicated police officer, but he usually has no time for his family and due to this, his father is constantly at loggerheads with him.

Prabat's father believes in peace and opposes bloodshed /disturbance in his country. Prabat is now placed on a mission to apprehend the most dreaded crime Lord "Ajgar Jurrat" (Amrish Puri), who currently lives in Kenya but operates in India.

Things take a turn for the worse when Prabhat kills Ajgar's brother in an encounter.

An angered Ajgar abducts and kills Prabat's young school-going brother. Prabhat's family is devastated and his father blames him for his brother's death and to show his distress, Prabhat's father disowns him from the family. Prabhat moves to a remote corner of a distant village in India after his dad disowns him.

Meanwhile, one of Ajgar's men - Mr. Madan - turns against him and threatens to turn him in to the police ASAP. Fearing an arrest warrant, Ajgar has Madan Bhardwaj (Mangal Dhillon) killed on the night of his wedding. After that, Ajgar's son molests Madan's wife, leaving her traumatised. Thus, Madan's brother Akash Bhardwaj (Chunky Pandey) swears revenge on Ajgar.

Later on, Ajgar flees to Kenya and it's almost impossible to bring him back to India in order to try him in court. So, the police commissioner (Dalip Tahil) decides to approach Prabhat as he is the only one who can achieve the impossible.

After seeing the necessity of the situation (Madan's murder etc.), Prabhat's dad also changes his mind and decides to apologize for disowning Prabhat, and to make amends, he tries to persuade Prabhat to take on the mission to capture Ajgar and bring some justice.

Prabhat agrees to take on the mission, but insists that Akash also join him, to which Akash agrees. These two join hands and take the next flight all the way to Kenya.

In Kenya, they find Madan's sister-in-law Renuka (Sonam), who's also on the same secret mission, so she helps them get nearer to Ajgar and offers them some more details on his whereabouts. She informs them that here Ajgar is a respected citizen in Kenya, so it is much harder to apprehend him, but Prabhat and Akash seek the help of an honest cop, Surya Pratap (Naseeruddin Shah) to apprehend Ajgar. Surya is reluctant to put Ajgar behind bars at first, but then Renuka informs Surya of the truth behind his wife's mysterious suicide — his wife had committed suicide due to none other than Ajgar's foolish and vile son who had tried to molest her.

When Surya learns that Ajgar's son was the reason behind his wife's untimely and tragic death, he sets out to join hands with Prabhat and Akash in the mission to catch Ajgar and his team once and for all.

In the end, the mission is successful and romance begins: Akash falls in love with Ajgar's daughter, Sonia moved with her father to Kenya (Jyotsna Singh) and Prabhat falls for an Indian lady whom he had met in the village in India who had followed him all the way to Kenya - Kusum (Divya Bharti) - she sang the famous song "Saat Samundar" (Seven Seas)... Surya begins to love Renuka and becomes thankful for her timely information and astute help in catching the criminals, and then the three couples return with criminal Ajgar to India. THE END.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

After the mega-success of his 1989 film Tridev, Rajiv Rai decided to embark on another action-thriller with three main male leads and thus Vishwatma was conceived. Rai decided to go for a change of venue and planned to set much of the movie in Kenya. He wanted to cast the same three male leads as Tridev (Sunny Deol, Naseeruddin Shah, and Jackie Shroff). However, Jackie's son (Tiger Shroff) had just been born and his astrologer had advised him to not travel abroad for a year. Thus Rai opted to cast Chunky Pandey instead of Shroff. [7]

Rai also reused many of the cast members from Tridev, including Amrish Puri as the main villain, and Raza Murad, Dalip Tahil, Tej Sapru, and Dan Dhanoa as the secondary villains. One main difference being that while Sharat Saxena played a negative role in Tridev, in this movie he had a positive role as the strict but comedic commissioner of Kenya police. Rai also included a short narration about the meaning of "Vishwatma" by Naseeruddin Shah in the movie, something that he had done with "Tridev" as well.

Much of the shooting of the film was done in Kenya's main cities of Mombasa and Nairobi. The song "Saat Samundar" was shot at the "Bubbles Discotheque", a very popular club in Nairobi in those days. The climactic car chase was shot on the open plains of the Masai Mara National Wildlife Reserve. Many of the beach scenes were shot in Mombasa's various beaches and beach hotels. [8]

The film also employs many Swahili phrases and words in its dialogue such as "Jambo" (Hello), "Mzuri sana" (Very nice), and "Mimi ni kubwa sana" (I am very big/great).

Music[edit]

After the success of the music of Tridev, everyone expected Viju Shah to conjure magic with this film. The soundtrack was well received, but did not scale the heights of Tridev. It managed to become popular, especially "Saat Samundar Paar," written by Anand Bakshi and rendered by Sadhna Sargam, This song's background music was inspired from the British duo's song Pet Shop Boys - Heart. The song continues to play on radio stations and at discothèques (remixed) 20 years later.

For the 2014 movie Kick, the producer Sajid Nadiadwala bought the rights to the song "Saat Samundar" for Rs 1.5 crore. He did this to pay tribute to his late first wife Divya Bharti, on whom the song was picturized in Vishwatma. In Kick, the song plays in the background when Salman Khan is dancing in a disco. [9]

The other songs that got noticed when the film released were "Aankhon Mein Hain Kya", "Dil Le Gayi Teri Bindiya" and the title track. Sapna Mukherjee (who won her first Filmfare award with "Oye Oye — Tirchi Topi Wale" in Tridev) sang two tracks in this film, but could not re-create the Tridev magic. The Vishwatma theme is copied from Enigma's "Hallelujah".

Track list
# Title Singer(s) Inspired From
1 "Saat Samundar Paar" and Saat Samundar Unplugged Sadhana Sargam *Sophie Choudhary T SERIES Pet Shop Boys - Heart
2 "Aankhon Mein Hai Kya" Mohammad Aziz, Sadhana Sargam, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik,
3 "Dil Le Gayi Teri Bindiya" Amit Kumar, Sapna Mukherjee, Mohammad Aziz & Udit Narayan New Kids on the Block - Hangin' Tough (opening part only)
4 "Aadmi Zindagi" Mohammad Aziz
5 "Toofan" Amit Kumar, Alka Yagnik, Sadhana Sargam, Sapna Mukherjee
6 "Saat Samundar Paar" (Happy) Sadhana Sargam & Udit Narayan For *Baaghi 2

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