T.P. Aggarwal's BHARAT BHAGYA VIDHATA, directed by Osho Raja, exposes terrorism from across the border.
It tells the story of Chaitanya Suryavanshi (Vikram Aditya), a young Indian, an ideal son to his parents ï¿½ India's Home Minister Mahendra Suryavanshi (Shatrughan Sinha) and Rukmini Suryavanshi (Jaya Pradha), who is the principal of a school. It is the story of Sapna (Rinku Ghosh), Chaitanya's girl friend and their friends.
Unfortunately, India is going through troubled times in the form of sponsored terrorism mainly from across the border. A dreaded terrorist, Jalaluddin Ghaznavi (Tom Alter), has been captured by Major Abdul Hameed (Puru Raaj Kumar) after a fierce operation.
Shabbir Khan (Chandrachur Singh), a terrorist, plans an operation, whereby he can hold the country to ransom and bargain for the release of Jalaluddin and other dreaded terrorists.
Will Shabbir Khan's plans materialise? Will Indian and its people be held to ransom by a bunch of evil-doers and their masters from across the border?
BHARAT BHAGYA VIDHATA dares to point a finger at the neighbouring country for harbouring terrorists and encouraging terrorism in India, but the effort gets diluted thanks to ï¿½
A number of films in the recent past have tackled a similar theme ï¿½ INDIAN, YEH DIL AASHIQANAA, MAA TUJHHE SALAAM... Clearly, there has been an overdose of patriotic films;
Also, B.B.V. lacks an impressive face-value to make a strong impact.
The initial reels are far from impressive. The sequences between the young pair and the Tom Alter portions run on two separate tracks. But the story picks up feverishly when Chandrachur kidnaps Jaya Pradha and her students.
The sequences thereafter are engrossing. The clash of ideals between Jaya Pradha and Chandrachur Singh and Chandrachur's flashback keep the viewer hooked.
But the pace slackens considerably in view of the fact that the narrative is stretched undeservingly in the latter portions. Moreover, the climax is not as punch-packed as one would expect it to be, mainly because of an overdose of action.
Director Osho Raja has handled a few sequences with flourish, but the hammer-strong impact is missing. The war of words between Shatrughan Sinha and Tom Alter in the cell, for instance, is first-rate. The Chandrachur ï¿½ Jaya Pradha portions are well executed as well. However, a bit of trimming would benefit without taking anything much from the intensity of the situation.
Hriju Roy's music is easy on the ears. At least two numbers can easily be singled out for their melodious appeal ï¿½ 'Nigahon Mein Ho Tum' and 'Aapke Har Situm'. But a hit number is sorely missed in the enterprise.
Nadeem Khan's cinematography is up to the mark. The aerial shots deserve special mention. Lawrence John's dialogues are aimed at the masses and would be appreciated immensely.
Shatrughan Sinha is in his element. Jaya Pradha is just about okay. Chandrachur Singh enacts his part with conviction, delivering the right expressions. Puru Raaj Kumar is competent. Asha Saini, Vikram Aditya and Rinku Ghosh are passable. Tom Alter looks the character he's portraying.
On the whole, despite merits, BHARAT BHAGYA VIDHATA lacks face-value to stand in the face of mighty oppositions. Lack of aggressive promotion will also prove a deterrent. However, the film has chances if tax-exempted.