Nonton Film Sarfarosh (1999) Full Movie

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Sarfarosh (1999)
Review Film  Sarfarosh (1999) 
The Aazaadi Sawaari makes its way to 1999 and Sarfarosh, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Aamir Khan, Sonali Bendre, Mukesh Rishi, and with music by Jatin-Lalit. The month after its overwhelmingly successful release, India and Pakistan probably came closest to war since the 1970s, a result of the 'Kargil conflict'. Both countries had acquired nuclear status the year before, which resulted in an extremely stressful period for the people of the region. But it was also naturally a period of heightened patriotism. And given the plot of Sarfarosh and the very real issues it addressed, the film was inspirational to many.

1. Zindagi Maut Na Ban Jaaye -- the title song -- accompanied the opening credits. This segment was used to lay the foundations for the story in interesting fashion. Sonu Nigam's vocals were excellent, and right away we were given a glimpse of the excellent cinematography and art direction that would be a highlight throughout the film.

2. Ajay Singh Rathore (Aamir Khan) was a big fan of the poet and ghazal singer Gulfaam Hasan (Naseeruddin Shah). He attended a Gulfaam concert and ran into his college mate Seema (Sonali Bendre).

Gulfaam came across as very sincere. He seemed to truly believe in unity of India and Pakistan, which was noteworthy. Some portions of his introduction reminded me of me :)

And we could surely use more of this (although close to a hundred percent of people on both sides will tell us that would be downright hypocritical -- I think not! :P). Excellent dialogue here!

The song Hosh Waalon Ko Khabar Kya appeared here, and is one of my favorite placements of a ghazal in any film. Very well sung by Jagjit Singh, and immensely well picturized with a flashback involving Ajay and Seema during their college days. The lyrics (Nida Fazli) and choreography (Farah Khan) were excellent. Listen to it here:
After re-watching this, I am inspired to visit libraries other than those geared to technology and patents (sigh).

3. Following a tragic event involving family, terrorists, and no cooperation (hostility, really) from the forces that are supposed to protect the aam junta (common man), Ajay made it his mission to join public service and fight crime.

4. Meanwhile, Gulfaam was making more sense with each bit of dialogue. This confirmed what some of us have been saying for a while (although I'll admit I was late in getting aboard the down-with-the-banal-lyrics bandwagon). It's true! Ajay and Gulfaam had a good friendship going, one that would be tested, especially in the second half.

5. Haye Allah, is that a Juhi Chawla poster? Aamir's obsessed with her. Their fans are not too far behind ;)

This was at a scene in Fountain (Bombay), which was where Seema discovered Ajay was an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP). It was really well done, and significantly raised the suspense that marked the rest of the film.

6. Mukesh Rishi surprised us with an excellent performance as Inspector Salim. An interesting sub-plot developed here, which I'll save for your viewing experience. This bit of dialogue should provide a clue:

7. Gulfaam and Major Baig (Shrivallabh Vyas -- Ishwar chacha in Lagaan (2001)) had a little sub-plot of their own that was effective despite its brevity. Nothing overdone about it, I thought. Loved how the discussion here was placed at an Indo-Pak artist meet.

8. Yet another sighting of the most talked-about roadway on this blog. Your guess... :o)

9. As ACP Rathore aimed to combat terrorism and crime, the secrets he would discover, the weapons traders he would encounter, and the unwavering commitment and loyalty to his mission which would guide his interactions with them, were all juxtaposed sensibly. But would they be enough for good to prevail? And would the ACP and his friends survive to sustain the crime-fighting program they had assembled? Would they be allowed to stay as a unit? To discover, watch Sarfarosh. It was one of the more gripping action movies of its genre. And its climax was rare given its strong emphasis on dialogue, and that it was initiated by a song (bits of which reminded me of the classic folk song 'Lattey Di Chaadar')!

10. A few notes on the art direction, since it was a definite strength of the film. This dhaaba (a toned-down version of a plaza off an expressway, if you may) looked very real. Mentions of Lijjat papad are always welcome! :o)

Aside: Here's an organization founded and run by women, and that uses a rabbit as a mascot, that humanity can be proud of. I'd encourage you to visit www.lijjat.com and read about the organization's beginnings. Their commercials were (probably still are -- anyone?) among the most iconic and well-liked in the country.

Here's an observation (not a criticism): This street looked very real. In some ways, it was similar to those in Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992), Hera Pheri (2000), and Gandhi My Father (2007). Maybe they were the same core sets?

The desert-scapes and splendor of Rajasthan were beautifully captured.

Interiors equally well showcased.

The hideout for Mirchi Seth (what a creative name for a villain!) was splendid.

So was this mosque (Sabri Masjid, as the writings on the wall indicate), which served as the setting for one of the most important dialogue exchanges in the film, between a terrorist and a public servant. Again, Inspector Salim was superb in delivering his lines.

11. The politics was well researched, almost flawless.

12. Liked how the love story between Ajay and Seema was developed. It could have proved distracting, but its integration into the plot was well done, having Seema go from unaware to engaged. They were a shareef (decent) couple...

...which made the song Jo Haal Dil Ka (Alka Yagnik and Kumar Sanu) all the more interesting. The song was 'hot' (actually, it was Sonali, who looked stunning in whatever color she wore -- white, yellow, red, and blue).

The other songs were nice too, and used well. An item number not used in its entirety -- Yeh Jawaani -- was used to guide the plot effectively. If this were re-made today, I'd bet we'd still see desi cowgirls (howdy Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders?) if Aamir were involved, to keep it believable ;)

Is Deewaane Ladke Ko was apt. The highlight here was the dialogue and poetry (by Sonali and Aamir) that guided it. Picturized very well, and packed with the many fantastic facial expressions by both the actors!

Aamir will be among the first to tell us this is one of his favorite patriotic films alongside the likes of Lagaan (2001) and Rang De Basanti (2006). He'd played a cop before this, but I think his performance here was better than the rest. It's an extremely well-packaged film with some memorable performances, especially by Naseeruddin Shah and Mukesh Rishi, in addition to Aamir and Sonali. I am going with four stars and then some for an excellent film that remains relevant after nearly a decade.

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