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Director: E Niwas
Bobby Deol, Lara Dutta, Riteish Deshmukh, Tara Sharma, Rahul Dev
2hrs 32mins
Fim information:
Contains moderate violence
23rd April 2004 by Venus Entertainment (Europe) Ltd
12 cert camera
Bobby Deol in Bardaasht
Bobby Deol & Rahul Dev in Bardaasht
A Bollywood thriller which not only entertains but is also well executed by the director.

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This film opens on Aditya Shrivastav (Bobby Deol) who runs a travel agent.

He also takes care of his younger brother, Anuj (Riteish Deshmukh) because their parents died at an early age.

What follows next is a flashback revealing Aditya's previous job - he once used to work for the armed forces.

Unfortunately he was court-martialled for not obeying his senior officer. Due to this incident, he was dumped by his sweetheart, Payal (Lara Dutta). She happened to be the officer's daughter!

So Aditya decided to afresh in life again.

Whilst Aditya concentrates on his business, his younger brother passes his time in nightclubs and boozing with friends.

The twist comes when Anuj is caught stealing exam papers from the headmaster's office.

As a result, Aditya gives his younger brother a good hiding. An angry Anuj leaves the house.

But when he fails to return home, Aditya begins his search which lands him in the local mortuary. There he finds his brother's body.

He is told by the officer that he had been selling drugs. So during the cases which followed, Anuj got shot in the ambush that followed.

Unable to accept this reason, Aditya decides to investigate further which brings him in contact with his ex-girlfriend. She is now a lawyer.

The rest of the story deals with how Aditya proves his brother's innocence so that he can rest in peace.

Reading this review, you would think that Bardaasht is just one of your ordinary Bollywood films. But rest assure, it does hold your attention throughout.

Unlike other directors, Mr Niwas has put a lot of thought into his film. He has made sure that not many songs are included which would otherwise dilute the impact of this thriller.

The climax appears predictable but rest assure, the director has done an excellent job of its execution.

Bardaasht is definitely Bobby's film. He is simply brilliant with his acting. Lara Dutta appears very confident especially in the court room.

As for Ritesh Deshmukh, he does not have much scope to exhibit his talents unlike his debut film Out Of Control.

Bardaasht on the whole is your above average Bollywood thriller which does entertain.

Should do well in cinemas where there is a high concentration of Asian cinemagoers like UCI Trafford, Cineworld Wolverhampton and Starcity Birmingham.

Reviewed by Manish Gajjar,
BBC Shropshire’s Mr Bollywood.

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