crime/ gangster drama
Starring Aftab Shivdasani, Rahul Dev, Emraan Hashmi, Bipasha Basu, Aparna Tilak, Anupama Verma, Arif Zakaria, Sayaji Shinde and Irfan Khan
Banner: Tips Film Ltd and Vishesh Films
Producer: Mukesh Bhatt Director: Vikram Bhatt
Story/Screenplay: Mahesh Bhatt
Music: Nadeem Shravan/ Himesh Reshamiya
Cinematography: Pravin Bhatt
ReViewed by Akshay Shah
Bhatts are back with yet another remake...the only thing
different is that this time they take inspiration from their earlier
film ANGAARAY which is surprising.
Despite some credible performances FOOTPATH
offers nothing new to a genre that has been done to death in the past.
Bhatts story is a EXACT replica of his earlier product ANGAARAY(Akshay
Kumaar-Nagarjun-Paresh Rawal-Pooja Bhatt-SOnali Bendre) which was
itself a remake of the Hollywood classic ANGELS
WITH DIRTY FACES. Right from the characters to the setting of
the movie is identical. One wonders why the Bhatts decided to remake
the movie again as ANGAARAY flopped at
the boxoffice and is a better movie overall than FOOTPATH.
films revolves around Arjun (Aftab),
and Shekar (Rahul),
all three have been bought up on the streets of fire..aka Mumbai City.
Arjuns father is murdered, and alongwith Shekar and Raghu Arjun
avenges the murder of his father and kills the man responsible. After
the incident a young Arjun is forced to flee Mumbai and go to Delhi.
years pass and Arjun now leads a new life with a new name. Eventually
the police succeed in tracking Arjun down but instead of arresting
him, they give him an offer.
and Shekar have no become big underworld figures in Mumbai City.
Shekar is the calm and collective sort who runs the operations, while
Raghu is the hot tempered and short fused type who speaks his mind
with the trigger of his gun. Shekars boss is Shehikh (Irfan
Khan) who runs
every criminal activity that operates in Mumbai...mainly the
trafficking of drugs.
mission is to go back to his childhood friends and changes their paths
in life before they become the target of a bullet in a encounter
infilitrated by the police. The mission will mean that Arjun will have to betray his
childhood friends...the deeper he goes...the harder it is for Arjun to
of this nature have been witnessed a witnessed endlessley in Bollywood.
Be it PARINDA, VAASTAV,
SUPARI or GHULAM-FOOTPATH
offers nothing new at all.
a director Vikram Bhatt fails to deliver an entirely gripping
movie experience as promised. His earlier works like FAREB,
KASOOR and RAAZ
proved to be well directed entertainers despite their lack of
originality in terms of story...here Bhatt fails in the direction
department apart from a few dramatic sequences that have been directed
with flair. Bhatts biggest drawback is that he takes inspiration from
too many previous films from that Bhatt camp. Be it the stereotypical
Bhatt characters of gangster with hearts of gold, the love interests
of the protagonists or the blood soaked climax which takes its
inspiration from Vikram Bhatts GHULAM
which proved to be a far far superior product compared to this. Also
Vikram is confused about whether he wants to make a masala film or a
more realistic and hard hitting film like CHHAL
and COMPANY..in the end the film results
as a half baked version of serious and masala.
these drawbacks, Vikram manages to extract powerful and hard hitting
performances from his entire cast.
Aftab Shivdasani is excellent in a role that is not everyones cup of tea. His dialogue delivery has improved immensely and he delivers a extremely convincing performance, specially in the latter half of the movie where he is in true form. No doubt Aftab is one of the most underrated actors we have, be it his whacky stint in DARNA MANAA HAI, his comic turn in Priyadarshans HUNGAMA or now in an action packed role in FOOTPATH, Aftab has come a long way and is here to stay despite the outcome of his films at the boxoffice.
Dev is also in top form. After some half baked performances in 88
ANTOP HILL and SUPARI, Dev is
great as the cold and calculating Shekar who will do anything to get
to the top. His ability to express with his eyes and calm and
collected dialogue delivery topped with his stylish dress sense adds
to the credibility of his performance. He also deserves credit in the
the scene where he has an outburst at his Imraan or the scene where he
the presence of two solid performers, it is surprisingly newcomer Emraan
Hasmi who steals the show with a raw, gripping and heartfelt
performance. His character is a split between Manoj Bajpai in SATYA
and Rajit Kapur in GHULAM and his
performance can be ranked alongside Vivek Oberois in COMPANY
as a confident and eye opening stint. Although his performance
is not a touch on Oberois, Hasmi is a absolute natural to the core.
His manic laughter, his emotional eyes, his voice modulation are all
spot on and with the right projects this actor will go a LONG way.
Basu is completely wasted in this film and gives a uninspired
performance. She is clearly there to repay her favours to the Bhatts
for hits like RAAZ and JISM
and she has no role here at all to speak off. All she is required to
do in the movie is cry, or strut around in skimpy clothes and show off
her body which she does well. She looks GORGEOUS in the movie, but her
performance is dreadful.
On the other hand newcomer Aparna Tilak gives a fresh and natural performance as Imraans love interest.
the supporting cast it is Irfan Khan who steals the show in his
short role as the dreaded underworld don Shehikh. Sadly, this is no
Ranvijay Singh of HAASIL, but still Irfan is a actor who can transform
the simplest roles onto another level. The actor commands screen
presence everytime he is on screen and he is absolutely flawless. His
dialogue delivery is emmaculate as is his get-up.
Anupama Verma, Anup Soni and Arif Zakaira all do their jobs accordingly.
the other hand the background music of the film is fantastic and adds
life to the movie.
the movie is ace. Pravin Bhatts camerawork is excellent to say the
least and he captures the streets of Mumbai extremely well. The dark,
glum and moody atmosphere of the movie is extremely well capured as
with all Bhatt films, and even the action scenes are canned snazzily
and with technical flair.
Dhamijas dialogues are powerpacked and deserve a mention as they
salvage some scenes from being mediocre. A thing to note is that the
language used in FOOTPATH will not be comprehended by all. Like in
SATYA and other gangster films, the underworld Lingo used here is
extrememy Mumbaic-centric as the ambience and setting of the movie.
All up FOOTPATH is definitely nothing new in terms of film making, the story has been witnessed countless times on the Silver Screen and this film doesn't add any new light at all what so ever. Also from the Bhatts the film comes across as a disapointment. Nevertheless fans of the genre will enjoy the movie to some extent and the movie is worth a hire on DVD for the smashing performance by Aftab, Rahul Dev, Irfan Khan and specially Imraan Hasmi.
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