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Bollywood action. When Abrush (Danny Denzongpa), a mercenary, is captured by the army, his gang retaliates by kidnapping a minister. But as Abrush starts negotiations with Col. Hussain (Om Puri) for a safe passage, a team of commandos, led by Major Jaidev Rajvansh (Anil Kapoor) storm Abrush's hideout and rescue the minister. On his return home, Jaidev receives a heroes welcome from the village and his child-hood friend, Anjali (Madhuri Dixit). Anjali loves Jaidev, but Jaidev loves Pooja Mallapa (Namrata Shirodkar). Embittered at this rejection, Anjali swears vengeance against Jaidev and with the help of Abhrush, she makes plans for the end of the Rajvansh family.
Pukar (English meaning: Call) is a Bollywood (Indian Film Industry) movie, which released in 2000 to critical acclaim and mediocre box-office success due to the delayed release.
The theme of the movie is action/drama with the story consisting of the lead actor's (Anil Kapoor) battle against terrorists (led by Danny Denzongpa).
The movie is directed by Rajkumar Santoshi (Director of 'Ghayal', 'Damini', 'Andaz Apna Apna', 'Ghatak' and 'Khakee') who extracts terrific performances from the main actors, especially Anil Kapoor. Santoshi concentrates mainly on the emotional scenes, which he executes with skill. Also of note is the cinematography provided by Santosh Sivan, which is beautiful and gives the movie a glossy and international look. In short, the background scenery and the way the movie is presented on screen is beautiful.
The tuneful and classy musical score is provided by the musical genius A.R Rahman who is referred to as the 'Mozart of Madras'. One song of note is the soothing duet "Kismet Se Tum", which is underrated but beautifully sung by Sonu Niigaam (Great Indian Singer) and Anuradha Paudwal.
The movie stars Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit and Danny Denzongpa in lead roles.
Anil Kapoor (Lead Actor) produced a career best performance, which won him the Indian National Award (Equivalent to the Academy Award) for best actor. He portrays the character of an army officer who overcomes many emotional obstacles to succeed in the fight against terrorism. Kapoor's emotional scenes are worthy of applause.
Madhuri Dixit (Lead Actress) stars as the love interest of Kapoor and convincingly holds her own against Kapoor with a flawless performance. She enacts the role of an attention seeker who longs for the love of Kapoor, which she tries to gain at any cost.
Dixit and Kapoor have made numerous memorable blockbusters ('Tezaab', 'Ram Lakhan', 'Beta' & 'Kishen Kanhaiya' to name a few) together and their chemistry is electrifying. One scene of note in the move is when Kapoor attends at Dixit's house clearly in a state of low morale. Dixit, on seeing Kapoor offers him food to which Kapoor emotionally says that he hasn't eaten in ages. Dixit then reacts by bursting into tears as she can't bear to see Kapoor in the emotinal state. This scene, performed by Kapoor and Dixit was of sheer brilliance. The facial expressions of both actors simply bought a tear to my eye and as a result has become a memorable scene.
Danny Denzongpa who plays the villain, produces a fine performance, which makes his character formidable.
I watched the movie in 2000 and bought it straight away as it was a must-have. I watched it again at the end of 2008 and actually enjoyed it more than before. On watching the movie it is very hard not to become emotional.
The only minor criticism is the length (2hrs 55mins) of the movie, which could have been trimmed by 25 minutes as it slightly drags in the climax.
The picture and sound quality of the DVD is good.
The movie is a must-watch for fans of quality cinema who appreciate powerfull performances.Read more ›