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RAM GOPAL VARMA KI AAG

The mischievous attitudes of Heeru and Raj towards life in the village bring them together. Their only passion and purpose in life is to drink as much as they can and have lots of money. Heeru works as a bodyguard to Sharad Patil, a former politician, but when Patil is jailed, Heeru decides to go to Mumbai to start a new life. As expected, Raj tags along. Within a week of their arrival, they get a job with Shambhu Seth, a criminal who is high on the police wanted list. Heeru and Raj knows nothing about this. On the other side of town, Inspector Narsimha is in pursuit of Shambhu and comes into contact with Heeru and Raj, only to realise that the two are just misguided youths. Narsimha persuades them to help him trap Shambhu. Heeru and Raj agree but they have to be jailed as well for associating with a criminal indirectly. Later, when Narsimha needs help in his hunt for cruel villain Babban Singh, he has to enlist the aid of Heeru and Raj again.

Language: Hindi
Subtitle: NA
Classification: U
Release Date: 6 Sep 2007
Genre: Action / Adventure / Comedy
Running Time: 2 Hours 56 Minutes
Distributor: SENDI MUTIARA
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan
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Format: 35MM

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Watch this if you liked: "Mela", "Satya", "Sarkar".

Bollywood switched to producing remakes for a long time now and looks like it's not going away any time soon. Most recent was last year's "Don" (2007), played by "Shahrukh Khan", which was previously played by "Amitabh Bachchan" in "Don" (1979).

Now comes another remake titled "Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag" (literally "The Angry Fire Of Ram Gopal Varma"), the story of which was taken from the 1985 original, "Sholay" (meaning "War"). Like its original, RGVKA tells the story of a cruel villain named Babban (Amitabh Bachchan), who has the village people under his feet, torturing them for fun. An ex-officer, Narsimha (Mohanlal) finds two unlike thieves/heroes, Heero (Ajay Devgan) and Raj (Prasant Raj), and sends them to hunt the Babban down.

The story begins in the dark underbelly of Mumbai city where a new villain name Babban Singh arises to rule the people. He is cruel and violent beyond imagination, not to mention by far the most devious gangster ever known. Police officer Narsimha managed to get catch Babban once but only to have his whole family killed and even losing his hands as well in a grisly amputation scene. After deciding to quit his job with the single determination to finish Babban off, he hires two unknown thieves, Heero and Raj, to help him accomplish the mission. The question is whether Babban will get hold of them first.

Some remakes are very good and it keeps the same excitement of its original. Unfortunately most of them do not. "Sholay" (originally played by Dharmendra, recently seen in "Apne") and Amitabh Bachchan (recently seen in "Cheeni Kum") was a blockbuster hit and it played for more than five years at cinemas in India. From casting to story-telling, the movie was done perfectly. It was also the movie that shot Amitabh Bachchan to fame. So with this, the expectations for "Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag" were very high.

An interesting fact about this movie is that it was originally titled "Ram Gopal Varma Ki Sholay". However, pressure from the loyal fans of the cult classic resulted in a change, as they did not wish the two movies to be compared to each other. Well, what more can I say about this movie? The casting of the film was so bad that it seems as if they were chosen based on anyone the producers could find. It's no wonder that a number of actors, understood to have been offered roles, backed out in the last minute. The plot was also very predictable as it offered nothing new nor refreshing to the story except that it is set in modern times. Special effects were only used in dance sequences and the cinematography as a whole left a lot to be desired.

In conclusion, this is one of the worst remakes and the whole project was a complete disaster. They should have just waited a few more years to come up with better idea of remaking the movie. Perhaps then it would have been better. Even the special guest superstars who appeared in the movie could not save the movie. It's definitely not worth watching and should make essential viewing for Ram Gopal Varma fans only.

Cinema Online, 23 September 2008
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U - General viewing for all ages
P13 - Parental guidance is advisable for children below 13 years old
18 - For 18+ with elements for mature audiences
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