Sikander (Mithun Chakraborty) is a villain involved with drugs, murder
and extortion. Living in a hideout somewhere in Europe, Baba is the
most wanted criminal by the Indian police.
one of his extortion rackets, he kills Kantilal Shah, a rich businessman
based in India.
his adopted son, decides to avenge his murder by bringing Baba back
to India - alive.
comes across Priya (Amisha Patel), an ambitious reporter who is
out to get the biggest story for her newspaper.
achieve her goal, she tries to use her devious ways with Karan but
only to end up falling in love with the guy and assisting him in
Karan seeks the help of Arjun, (Arjun Rampal), an ex-police officer,
Abhimanyu (John Abraham), who worked for Baba at one time and Sonia,
(Lara Dutta) Abhimanyu's girlfriend.
all five set out on a mission to capture this dreaded terrorist.
How they achieve their target forms the crux of this action-packed
Khanna makes his Bollywood commercial debut in Elaan from
previous crossover films. He appears to be cool and calm - just
what his character demands.
Abraham's acting is just superb. His fluency with the Mumbai accent
adds a great screen presence to Abhimanyu.
Rampal, as the ex-police officer, proves yet again that he is a
true Bollywood star. His acting skills in the recently released
Vaada has certainly not gone un-noticed by the audience.
Patel plays her role as the newspaper reporter with conviction whilst
Lara Dutta looks fantastic as the bar dancer.
there is one flaw which can be overseen. The director portrays the
'jail break' as being too easy a job for these unlikely heroes.
More thought should have been put into this sequence to add authencity
to the story.
having said this, Vikram Bhatt has made this movie with great style
and panache. If Bollywood is to match Hollywood's high standards,
then Elaan definitely takes the trophy!
of effort has obviously been put into finding the right locations
and filming the fight sequences.
of these include the boat chase through Venice's canals, which leads
to a thrilling run through Venice's streets.
we have the bike rescue through Dolomite Mountains to a nerve racking
ambush in a mountain chateau.
can rightly say that no expense have been spared by the producer!
statistics shows Elaan is still an excellent earner at the
UK box office. So go
see the movie. It will not disappoint.
by Manish Gajjar
BBC Shropshire Bollywood