The Film: Indian
Producer: Vijayata Films (Dharmendra, Sunny Deol)
Director: N. Maharajan
Music: Anand Raj Anand
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Starring: Sunny Deol, Shilpa Shetty, Rahul Dev
The events in India in the past 50+ years of Independence have proved that patriotism in India is unparalleled anywhere else. A movie is released to prove just this; and what better than to name the movie Indian. The movie is directed by N. Maharajan and stars patriotic Sunny Deol, glamorous Shilpa Shetty, and model turned actor Rahul Dev. It is produced by father Dharmendra and son Sunny Deol of Vijaya Productions.
Raj Shekhar Azad (Sunny Deol) is a very honest and caring police officer, and of course patriotic. He is married to his beautiful wife Anjali (Shilpa Shetty). The movie starts off with Sunny Deol foiling Wasim Khan’s (Mukesh Rishi) plans. Wasim is part of the Lakshar-E-Jehadi group, a group that has been feared internationally. Raj foils his plans quikly and imprisons him. He doesn’t stop there as he continues his work and also catches the corrupt DGP Surya Pratap singh (Raj Babbar). His only consolation in his life is his wife, but she is short-tempered. The twist in the story comes when Anjali finds out by a little birdie (watch the movie to find out who) that Raj killed her father in an accident. This leads to her wanting a divorce. As if this isn’t enough trouble for him as he runs across the city’s newest criminal Shankar Singhania (Danny Denzgonpa). Soon Raj figures out that Shankar and Wasim are in cahoots. The movie continues to show the audience whether Raj patches up with his wife and how he goes about beating the villains.
Indian is set in the present to show the difference of patriotism now from the past. Although there is no Gandhi in the present, India has survived to become a better nation. The hero’s name Raj Shekhar Azad was taken from another historic hero Chandra Shekhar Azad, who himself was a loyal and devoted citizen to his country. The director has done a great job, coming up with the idea of a character such as this and Sunny Deol has portrayed this character brilliantly and immensely. N. Maharajan left no stones turned as the direction is great and the scripts are nicely done.
The idea of this movie has been taken from a South Indian film Vallarasu. The same technical team has also been used for this film to give the audience the full effect. Rahul Dev who has previously worked with Sunny Deol in Farz, also impresses in a villain role. Shakti Kapoor and Om Puri also play small roles in this movie.
The music of the film is excellent as there are many songs that will really get the audience going; the fast beat song ‘Deewane’ and the evenly paced song ‘Jaane Maina Jaana’ are the best songs of the track. The song ‘Thath Nawabi’ has a different and unique blend to it and ‘Watan Walo’ is patriotic.
The picturization isn’t great but the canvas is enormous and the special effects are also worth mentioning. Sunny Deol has worked hard to live up to the expectations and has given a performance better than he did in his previous super hit Gadar.
If the film doesn’t fare too well it will definitely not be because of Sunny Deol. He gave one of the better performances till date. The other major concern would be that it is releasing on the same date as Asoka, which has even higher expectations. If you are a true patriot and a hardcore Sunny Deol fan, you will definitely want to catch this flick.