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Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Manoj Bajpai, Raveena Tandon, Nandita Das, Amol Palekar, K K Raina, Tanvi Azmi.
Presenter: Jhamu Sugandh
Producer: AB Corp
Director: Rakesh Omprakash Mehra
Music: Anu Malik
Synopsis: Amitabh Bachchan certainly knows how to choose his roles. No one in the industry has a better knack for choosing roles than the Big B himself. In his latest film Aks (which means reflection), directed by Rakesh Mehra, he again shows his talent. This is Mehra’s first motion picture. This movie stars two superb talents, Amitabh Bachan of course, and Manoj Bajpai, co-starring Raveena Tandon (who has worked with Bajpai in Shool) and Nandita Das.
Manu Verma (Amitabh Bachan) is the head of security for Defense Minister Amol Palekar. This is his job, his goal, to protect him from any harm. Nandita Das plays his wife. Manoj Bajpai plays the character of Raghavan, a soldier, a mercenary, whose goal is to kill the Defense Minister. He is a master at disguises and has fooled many people into believing that he is someone that he is not. Mahadevan (K.K. Raina) is his brother. He is a psycho who shows no mercy. He is the one who has trained Raghavan into becoming a successful charlatan. Raveena Tandon plays his girlfriend, a sensual woman who does as she pleases.
Raghavan succeeds in killing the defense minister, the person who Manu is supposed to protect with his life. After accomplishing this he sets a higher goal, the Prime Minister. Again, Manu is in charge of his security and safety. Raghavan makes a bold attempt to kill the P.M., but this time he fails, Verma kills him when he strives to escape. This is only the beginning on the story. Raghavan’s spirit comes back and enters Manu Verma’s body and continues to do his dirty work, committing one crime after another. Raveena Tandon is grief stricken and Nandita Das notices the change in her ‘husband’. How the ghost is removed is something to see.
The performances by Amitabh Bachchan and Manoj Bajpai are just astounding, the upper hand going to Amitabh Bachchan, as he plays the character of a human being overtaken by a ghost. Still, Manoj Bajpai also does a tremendous job with his unique look and style. This might be Raveena Tandon’s best work to date. She has never looked more appealing than she does in this movie. This is her second pairing with Manoj Bajpai, her first one being Shool. Nandita Das has a decent role in this movie as her talent isn’t showcased as much as it should have been.
For a first time director, Rakesh Mehra will mesmerize the audience with his precise scenes and storyline. The critics do their job and say that the film is based on Hollywood’s Face Off and Fallen. This isn’t the case, as this is as unique a storyline one can come up with, especially for a Bollywood film. The scenes between Mr. Bachchan and Bajpai are more powerful than the ones between Amitabh and Nana Patekar were in Kohram. The action sequences and dialogues are also excellent. The one scene with Amitabh looking in the mirror is simply brilliant. The music isn’t too inspiring. There are a couple of songs like ‘Behti Nadi’ and 'Kaisi Tanhai’ that are good. Still, Raveena’s dance to the song ‘Yeh Raat’ is something that will leave her fans wanting more. This movie will certainly live up to its hype and do well at the box office and leave the audience thinking. So when you return home after watching the movie, look in the mirror, and figure out if you are, who you really are.