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Lakshya (2004)

 -  War | Drama | Romance  -  18 June 2004 (USA)
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An aimless, jobless, irresponsible grown man joins the army and matures into a battlefield hero.

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Maj. Binod Sengupta (as Sharad.S.Kapoor)
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Sushant Singh ...
Capt. Jalal Akbar
Prashant Chianani ...
Lt. Vishal Srivastav (as Prashant Chainani)
Shakeel Khan
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Ajai Jose
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Abir Goswami ...
Capt. Sudhir Mishra (AMC)
Parmeet Sethi ...
Maj. Shahbaaz Humdani (Pakistan)
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Karan is a lazy good-for-nothing who lives on the generated income of his father and elder brother at their family business. Karan's days: hang out with buddies and romance a woman named Romi. When he watches an action movie, he decides to enlist in the army with a friend, but basic training proves to be too much of a bother and he shortly abandons it, thus making him lose respect on the home front. Romi also stops respecting him. Karan decides he must re-join the army and show his family and Romi that he, too, is focused upon the path he has to take in this lifetime, but will he be resilient enough to carry out this task? Written by Sumitra (corrected by Calista / edited by statmanjeff)

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It took him 24 years and 18000 feet to find himself

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War | Drama | Romance

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Budget:

INR 300,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$139,000 (USA) (25 June 2004)

Gross:

$752,344 (USA) (23 July 2004)
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Aamir Khan was offered the lead role but he turned it down for The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005) See more »

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When Hrithik Roshan receives a letter from his friend while in Kargil and is interrupted by his fellow senior officer, he puts the letter in his right pant pocket, but when he remembers about the letter later on, he removes the letter from his left pant pocket. See more »

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Farhan Akhtar is a class act
21 August 2004 | by (Jamshedpur, India) – See all my reviews

After making a brilliant movie like DCH, Farhan set the expectation meter soaring. He has succeeded in living up to the high expectations by making an authentic movie like Lakshya. Lakshya is the first Indian war film devoid of unnecessary jingoism. It is clearly the best Indian war movie till date. Lakshya is essentially the story of Karan Shergill and his journey, a journey that transforms him from an aimless, confused young college goer standing at the crossroads of life, to a man who emerges as a war hero and attains his 'Lakshya' in life. The movie is set against the backdrop of the Kargil War in 1999.

Karan Shergill ( Hrithik ) is the son of a rich businessman ( Boman Irani ) and has no clue as to what he wants to become in life. Romila Dutta ( Preity ), his college classmate and friend loves him and believes that he will definitely become successful once he finds his aim in life. Karan decides to join the army on the advice of a friend who later decides not to do so himself, leaving Karan in a dilemma. Karan however joins the army and hilarious circumstances cause him to leave the IMA ( Indian Military Academy ) within 4 days. A certain incident however results in Karan's rejoining the academy and what follows is Karan's determined struggle to become an officer. However, his actual test of courage, strength & determination arrives during the Kargil War thus bringing out the true hero in him.

Lakshya is a well directed movie. The script by Javed Akhtar is reasonably good ,however, it is not very well paced during the second half, hence the common audiences may feel that the movies drags. The direction has subtle tones. Emotional and dramatic scenes are handled well and some scenes, like the ones involving Hrithik and Boman Irani clearly exemplify the quality of direction and acting. In fact, the class of direction can even be compared to the standards set by some great Hollywood Directors. FA portrays very realistically, the aimlessness of urban youth thru Karan's character. The action scenes are, needless to say, 'brillianto'. The scene involving Hrithik and his men scaling an 800 feet cliff is an example of breathtaking cinematography and brilliant direction. The war scenes, though definitely short of Hollywood standards, are truly brilliant in terms of Bollywood achievements. The songs are well placed in the movie and actually succeed in carrying the story forward. The music by SEL has a global feel to it, and shows that SEL are arguably the closest in talent to the musical Genius A.R.Rahman. The background score by SEL is top notch. German cinematographer Christopher Popp does an excellent job in beautifully lensing the exquisite beauty of Ladakh and Kashmir, and he also succeeds in capturing the grimness and rawness of the war scenes. The movie doesn't go too much into the details of the war in totality but throws enough light on the mission in which Hrithik's character is involved. Of course, you can't blame FA as the film revolves around Karan Shergill and not around the Kargil War. Performance wise, Lakshya is a treat. Amitabh Bacchan excels as Col. Sunil Damle in a short but significant role. Sushant Singh, Sharad Kapoor, Raj Zutshi, Om Puri and the other actors in the cast do a respectable job, however, one would feel that an actor of Om Puri's caliber is wasted in such a small role. Hrithik is undoubtedly the star of the show. After a scintillating show in "Koi Mil Gaya", Hrithik succeeds in delivering yet another masterpiece of a performance. Preity Zinta does a good job in the role of Hrithik's friend, and later in the movie, as a news reporter in Kargil. The movie has some minor flaws, but the overall ambiance created the movie overshadows everything. The movie is a fine example of directorial finesse and is a must watch for every true lover of good cinema. My Verdict - 7/10


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