Rukamanee Arts' ANSH, written-directed by Rajan Johri, tackles the underworld issue.
It tells the story of DCP Bhagat Pandey (Om Puri), Inspector Sukhdev Singh (Ashutosh Rana) and Rajguru (Abbas), the grandson of a freedom fighter (Alok Nath).
DCP Bhagat Pandey, an honest officer, is posted in Mumbai. During one of his investigations, he comes across the case of Sukhdev Singh, who has been suspended from his job. Enquiries reveal that he was framed by a corrupt section of the police and politicians. DCP Pandey decides to fight Sukhdev's case and prove him innocent.
While doing so, he comes across Rajguru (Abbas), the underworld don. Rajguru background is that of an unemployed graduate from Delhi who came to Mumbai in search of a job. He fails to secure one, but comes in contact with Munna Bhai (Rajat Bedi), a henchman of Dawoo (Ashish Vidyarthi).
Munna introduces Rajguru to Dawoo, who gets so impressed with Rajguru's honesty that he starts liking him. While dying, Dawoo hands over his regime to Rajguru.
Kusum (Shama Sikander), Rajguru's neighbour, falls in love with him. But circumstances force Rajguru to sacrifice his love. For, he knows that he has reached a point of no return and that death is inevitable.
Rajguru saves Shweta (Sharbani Mukherji) from the clutches of Govind Yeda (Sayaji Shinde). Shweta reveals the circumstances that prompted her to work as a bar dancer. They fall in love and decide to spend their life together.
Meanwhile, Sukhdev is on a mission to eliminate the corrupt politicians. DCP Pandey is out to nab him and all those involved with the underworld. What happens next?
ANSH is a reflection of the darker side of society. How the powerful exploit the poor and how the underworld is hand in glove with some politicians is what the film all about.
The film has three strong points ï¿½
* One, it has a contemporary theme;
* Two, the scenes between Om Puri and Ashutosh Rana are very well executed. The dialogues are punch-packed as well;
* Three, Nadeem-Shravan's lilting score adds sheen to the flick.
But an interesting story deviates into many tracks in the second half, thus diluting the impact. Also, the romance between Abbas and Shama initially, and with Sharbani later, is half-baked. There should've been a proper justification to the love stories.
Director Rajan Johri has handled several dramatic scenes with gusto. The scenes between Om Puri and Ashutosh Rana are a highlight. Even the dialogues spoken by them are of a high order.
Nadeem-Shravan's music is of a hit quality. 'Masoom Chehre Ki Kya Baat Yaar' and 'Hum Apni Taraf Se Tumhe Chahte Hain' are seeped in melody. 'Karti Hoon Main To Pyaar Sirf Sunday Ko' is aimed at the masses.
Cinematography (V. Subbarao) is of standard. Action scenes (Raj Mohan) are well composed.
Abbas is natural in a role that gives him ample scope to perform. Shama Sikander is photogenic and enacts her part with conviction. Sharbani Mukherji is just about okay. Om Puri and Ashutosh Rana are the lifeline of the enterprise. Rajat Bedi is passable. Ashish Vidyarthi impresses in a small role.
Sayaji Shinde, Milind Gunaji, Alok Nath, Pankaj Berry, Ravi Kissen, Ishrat Ali, Mushtaq Khan and Bobby Parikh lend adequate support.
On the whole, ANSH is an ordinary fare that may find some patronage at small centres. Its reasonable price should keep its investors safe.