the dark corner of Mumbai City a new leader by the name of Babban
Singh has risen to rule the gangster underworld.
beyond imagination, psychotically violent and far more devious than
any gangster the city has ever known.
perceives other human beings as objects who he uses for his own
amusement by playing games with his victims.
does not engage in conversation but when he speaks, he does so to
voice his own thoughts.
(Ajay Devgan) and Raj (Prashant Raj) are two young men who arrive
in the city of Mumbai with big dreams of making it to the top.
another matter that Heero and Raj are jobless and don't have enough
money even to buy a decent meal.
friends, their loyalty is absolute, with the younger Raj looking
up to the elder Heero.
is also Narsimha (Mohanlal) whose eyes retain composure at all times.
Dark circles collected over sleepless nights betray the fact he
is a man tormented by his own past.
has ever seen Babban Singh and if they did, they didn't survive
to tell the tale. But one man believed in his existence. And that
is inspector Narsimha, an encounter specialist.
(Susmita) is a trained nurse. Her life blossomed when love happened.
But then, tragedy struck. Dignified, silent, her demeanour hides
an inner strength that at times raises itself beyond what one would
expect from a woman.
(Nisha Kothari) drives a 'rickshaw' named 'Laila'. Laila is her
best friend and confidante. Ghungroo is Mumbai city's only woman
rickshaw driver who knows all the shortcuts.
like you to believe she's a man. But deep inside, she is all woman.
and Raj arrive in Mumbai and find work with Shambhul Seth, a criminal
with heavy underworld connections.
his pursuit of Shambhul, Inspector Narsimha comes into contact with
these lads. On meeting them, he realises that these were no hardened
criminals. Small time hoodlums perhaps, but deep inside, their values
were still intact.
a deadly encounter with Shambhul Seth, Heero and Raj display their
bravery and fearlessness to Narsimha. But the two are also arrested
and sent to jail for a while.
later, when Inspector Narsimha needs help in his hunt for Babban
Singh, his brief impression of Heero and Raj returns to him. He
decides to enlist their help.
Heeru and Raj captures Babban Singh forms the crux of the story.
to be inspired from the all time classic Sholay, director Ram Gopal
Verma gives his own interpretation.
same number of characters have been employed but their names have
been changed from the original classic.
dance number, Mehbooba Mehbooba, performed by Urmila Matondkar forms
the high point of this thriller whilst the original number performed
by Bollywood dancer, Helen was a worlwide rage.
Gopal Ki aag is released by Adlabs Films in the UK.
by Manish Gajjar,
BBC Bollywood Correspondent