is about prisoners of war who have been jailed in Pakistan for
many years. How they escape from their confinement, forms the climax
of this film.
18 unsuccessful attempts to escape from the high security prison,
the inmates led by Major Ranvir Kaul (Amitabh Bachchan) are almost
on the verge of exasperation.
Major Ranvir's son Gaurav (Akshaye Khanna) decides its time he did
something for his dad's freedom from the Pakistani jail.
without the help the Indian Government, Gaurav crosses the border
illegally. On the way from India to Pakistan he comes across many
obstacles. These keep the viewer engrossed throughout till the interval
he finally reaches Pakistan, he comes across Khan (Sanjay Dutt),
a mercenary who helps him in his mission.
No Bollywood film is complete without a romantic angle. So this
comes in the form of Radhika (Amrita Rao) who falls in love with
Gaurav. They both meet in Pakistan.
when the time comes for Gaurav to leave for India, he does not take
her with him. This is a major unexplained flaw by the director.
flaw which you can spot is when Pakistani soldiers are heard speaking
in Hindi. Shouldn't they be talking in Urdu? After all, thats the
language they speak in Pakistan.
why were the prisoners of war trying to escape during broad day
light? Isn't it a time when the guards are on full alert? A more
sensible time would be the night which provides the escapees with
a great camouflage.
18 attempts, Major Ranvir should realise his mistake of where he
is going wrong.
fail to understand these flaws when you think that the makers spent
almost a year working on the script! They certainly need to go back
on the drawing board.
over 30 prisoners escaped all at once, the whole country should
be on red alert. But all that was shown in Deewar was a handful
of soldiers chasing the prisoners. There were no helicopters or
the army in pursuit.
said this, Deewar deos have its plus points. It's made on
a grand scale with no expenses spared in the technical department.
is realistic considering it's a film based in a prison. Action scenes
have been well executed although at times the weak hearted will
cringe in their seats with the amount of blood and gore shown in
some of the scenes.
film consists of a galaxy of stars which adds to its appeal. Amitabh
Bachchan as usual towers above all. Sanjay Dutt and Akshay Khanna
too are in top form. Will definitely prove popular with the audience.
on the whole will do well at the box office despite its flaws.
to the presence of mega stars, great action scenes and excellent
prison drama will guarantee its success at the UK cinemas.
by Manish Gajjar,
Shropshire's Mr Bollywood