superstar and disloyal husband Sameer Khan (Ajay) is living life to the full.
once a young, ambitious stage-actor known as Ashfaque, whose determined struggle
pays off when he gets a break into Hindi movies.
box office fame gives him a new name but amid all the adulation and applause,
he slowly loses his identity.
takes over, alienating him from all his loved ones and his wife Sneha (Vidya).
not long before Sameer gets a rude awakening when he witnesses a murder. This
incident provokes his conscious to testify in court and bring the culprits to
Rajkumar Santoshi's supposedly hard-hitting flick reminds you of his previous
releases, Damini and Ghayal.
nothing new to offer, Halla Bol concentrates on good triumphing over evil.
story also features a corrupt politician, whose son is accused of the murder.
when Sameer couldn't be bought, his life is put in danger by the politician, leading
to one man's fight against the whole system.
said this, the film does feature some power-packed performances by the lead stars.
Devgan gives an award-winning performance, effectively expressing Sameer's emotions
through his eyes.
Balan as the vulnerable and frightened wife, Sneha, impresses in some scenes,
although she is mostly relegated to the sidelines.
Dariwal convincingly plays the corrupt politician you would love to hate.
Meanwhile, Pankaj Kapoor (as a reformed dacoit Sidhu bringing about an awakening
in the masses) catches your eye with his superb acting. A true Bollywood veteran
to the core!
the whole Halla Bol (meaning raise your voice) portrays an underlying social message,
but will the audiences listen?
the box office can answer this question in days to come.
by Manish Gajjar