Mann, Aanandi Tripathi, Babbu Mann, Kulbhushan Kharbandha, Kamini
Kaushal, Mukul Dev, Mukesh Tiwari, Rav Jhankal , Rama Vij and Tom
Music: Babbu Mann
face value HAWAYEIN looks like any other B Grade film with new stars,
but after watching the movie one will change their mind for sure. The
film takes the ugly Hindi-Sikh riots of 1984 as its backdrop and
presents the viewer with one harrowing and controversial movie.
fillm revolves around Sarabjit(Ammtoje Mann)-son of a proud Brigadier
(Khulbhushan Kharbandha). In college Sarabjit falls in love with
Muskaan (Aanandi Tripathi) and tries his hadrest to woo her and
manages to succeed after a while. On the flip side celebrations have
begun for Sarabjits sisters wedding in full go....but a day before the
weddding everything changes for the worst!
Gandhi is killed by her own bodyguard who happens to be a Sikh and the
Hindus are now going mad after the Sikhs. What ensues is a gripping,
shocking and harrowing riot which sees thousands of people die in the
most brutal ways. Most of Sarabjit family dies in the riot too and a
disillusioned Sarabjit goes to Punjab, grows a beard and picks up a
gun becoming a terrorist. What ensues next is a typical terrorist
drama with some unwanted sidetracks thrown in.
terms of a story the film is average. What starts out as a family film
very suddenly turns into a very stark and grim movie registering a
hammer strong impact but right after the riot scenes the film loses
its grip and turns into a predictable potboiler which resembles the
80's. The family property dispute, the Pakistani terrorist angle and
the kidnapping of the Swedish Ambassador all fall flat and ruin the
excellent first half.
screenplay of the movie is good and follows a steady pace.
a director Ammtoje Mann surely knows what he wants to make and
starts with superbly. The initial wedding sequences and celebrations
are well canned and have a very earthy flavour to them but where Mann
succeeds is portraying the riot scenes with such realism. The riot
scenes portrayed in HAWAYEIN is one of the most STARK, SHOCKING, RAW
and REALISTIC scenes ever filmed in Bollywood. It makes the viewer
feel they are there admist the riots as you watch people of all ages
being slashed, stabbed and burned to a slow death with the tyre around
them. The entire sequence goes for about 20 minutes and is not for the
faint hearted as it gets very gruesome. The rape of the girls and the
sequence where the bodies are piled up into a truck will bring tears
to the viewers eyes from fear...indeed the 1984 Hindu-Sikh riots was a
frightening event in the History of India...
starts out smashingly as a fim portraying slowly turns to mush!! Mann
doesn't know how to handle the movie all the way and he regulates it
to a typical Bollywood potboiler with some typical sidetracks which
makes up for a pretty pathetic second half and doesn't do justice to
the first half at all which is sad indeed! One wishes he had made sure
the story was written with more care and his direction not lacked the
terms of performances the movie is OK. Ammtoje Mann does justice to
his character as a actor but he doesn't suit the romantic sequences in
the first half at all and seems ill at ease.He is at form throughout
al the riot sequences and is highly impressive in the second half.
looks gorgeous throughout the movie and performs her part ably
although the importance of her role is lost after the first half and
she is regulated to the side.
Mann as Ammtojes gun toting mate plays his part with conviction.
Khulbhushan Kharbandha is as endearing as ever as the Brigadier and
Kaushal plays her part well as does Tom Alter. Mukesh
Tiwari once again makes a convincing villan although one feels his
character is not properly defined.Mukul Dev as a police officer is
surprisingly very good in his part.
the film is OK. Sanjay Jaiswals editing needed to be a lot crisper and
Nazir Khans cinematography ranges frome excellent to OK. In The riot
scenes Khan is absolutely amazing and ditto for the first half, but in
the latter half the camerawork gets a bit shaky.
Singhs dialogues are powerful keeping in sync with the movie. Babbu
Manns music drags and none of the numbers register a impact.
up HAWAYEIN is a movie that is definetly worth a dekkho for the first
half and the depiction of the riot scenes which will linger long in
the viewers mind afterwards! But after that the movie falters and is
regulated to a usual B-Grade potboiler...
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