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Aankhen takes you on a roller-coaster ride
Director: Vipul Shah
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Susmita Sen, Paresh Rawal and Arjun Rampal
Length: 150mins
Release date: 12 April 2002
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Vipul Shah's Aankhen manages to bring his hit Gujarati stage play, Aandhalo Patho, onto the silver screen with great success, even though he's a debutante.

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Reviewed by Manish Gajjar, BBC Shropshire's Bollywood Specialist

Bollywood's legendary actor, Amitabh Bachchan plays Vijay Singh Rajput, an honest but dedicated manager of Vilasrao Jefferson Bank.

Slightly schizophrenic by nature, Rajput's one thoughtless mistake leads to his sacking after 25years of service. A now angry and most frustrated Vijay vows to take revenge on the bank by hitting it were it hurts the most. . . .the safe!

In order to carry out his plan, a team of three blind men - Vishwas, Arjun and Illyas - are recruited for the job. They will not only carry out the biggest fool-proof scam to date but also be the least suspected!

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Director Vipul Shah takes you on a roller-coaster ride as the nail-biting sequence of events unveil in front of the audience in the final reel!
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The insane bank manager also takes on board Neha, a blind school trainer who is blackmailed into helping the three blind recruits achieve their goals.

Tension soon arises as the D-Day approaches for the bank robbery. Not only do they manage to get into the bank but they even succeed in pulling the whole thing off with extreme ease!

BUT this is where the twist in the story line comes when things start to go haywire as our three blind robbers decide to keep the loot for themselves!

What happens to the mastermind behind the whole plan? Where does Neha come in after the robbery?

These and more questions are answered as director Vipul Shah takes you on a roller-coaster ride as the nail-biting sequence of events unveil in front of the audience in the final reel!

It can easily be said that Aankhen is a film with brilliant performances. Amitabh Bachchan excels, beautiful Susmita sizzles whilst Arjun's character gives as good as he gets!

But the show stealer is Paresh Rawal whose brilliant one-liners are sure to get the audiences rolling in their seats with laughter!

If you have seen his previous flick, Hera Pheri and Haseena Maan Jayegi you will know what I mean!

Akshay might be the last I am mentioning here but certainly not the least. One cannot fail to notice the magic that holds the audiences attention throughout the film comes in the form of Akshay Kumar.

His interaction with veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan is simply mind blowing! Akshay has definitely proved in this flick that he is one of Bollywood's bests!

All in all, a film like Aankhen just goes to prove once again that Bollywood is now becoming more daring in its movie-making.

The current trend has already started with India's number one hit, RAAZ, which shows that what matters these days is a slick presentation, a cleverly woven script and a true-to-life narration by the lead actors no matter how big a star they might be!

Aankhen proves all of this. . . . see it and judge for yourselves!


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