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Aankhen (2002)

TV-14 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 5 April 2002 (India)
After a temperamental man is unceremoniously stripped of his duties as a bank manager, he decides to seek revenge by robbing the bank. He trains three blind men to do this risky task for him.

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Shobhna Desai (play), Aatish Kapadia (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Vijay Singh Rajput
Akshay Kumar ... Vishwas Prajapati
Sushmita Sen ... Neha Srivastav
Arjun Rampal ... Arjun Verma
Paresh Rawal ... Ilias
Aditya Pancholi ... Police Inspector (as Aditya Panscholi)
Bipasha Basu ... Raina (Special Appearance)
Kashmira Shah ... Dancer ('Chalka Chalka')
Ajit Vachani ... Mr. Bhandari (as Ajit Vachchhani)
Arun Bali ... Mr. Goenka
Daya Shankar Pandey ... Taxi driver (as Dayashankar Pande)
Paresh Ganatra ... Shailesh
Depesh Shah Depesh Shah
Malvika Singh Malvika Singh ... Delnaz
Ashok Banthia Ashok Banthia ... (as Ashok Bhantia)
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Vijay Singh Rajput (Amitabh Bachchan) is a quirky manager of Vilasrao Jefferson Bank. He is extremely strict at work and believes in pushing his workers to the limit. This means that his superiors hold him in high regard for his unblemished reputation and excellent track record. But things go terribly wrong for the honest bank manager when he finds one of his own employees trying to con the customers. At this, he loses his temper and gets physical with the employee. This doesn't go down well with his superiors and they decide that Rajput is now a liability to the bank and they sack him. Amitabh can't believe the Board of Directors and his mind is filled with revenge and what better revenge than robbing the bank himself, ironic as it may sound. He decides that he must think of a plan that will hit the bank where it hurts the most - in its safe where all the money is kept. Rajput blackmails Neha (Sushmita Sen) to use her professional skills to help his plan, to train three blind men to ... Written by Anonymous

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A dangerous game is about to begin


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Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

5 April 2002 (India) See more »

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The film had two endings; the makers felt the Indian audience will not fathom Amitabh Bachchan's character not getting justice. Hence the ending for the Indian audience had Amitabh repenting and being locked away by the police, the moralistic ending. The overseas ending shows Amitabh bribing the police and on the loose chasing Akshay Kumar and Arjun Rampal. See more »

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Vijay Rajput no doubt has some sort of psychological problem, but it is definitely not schizophrenia. See more »

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In the opening credits, the name of the cast and the crew is written in palindromes. See more »

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Topnotch directing and good acting over somewhat weak screenplay
29 November 2002 | by cinnatuscSee all my reviews

That pretty much sums it up. As heist thrillers go, this is a pretty solid movie. The lengthy time actually works in its favor, because it allows the main characters to be fully fleshed out. Unless you're David Mamet, it's pretty hard to do a 90 minute heist movie and have you care about the people involved. From an American perspective, this movie is quite fresh, both in the concept and the lack of American stereotypes (there's no young punk, retired thief returning for one last score, or anything like that here.) Also, the tension level is excellently done. That said, there are some major credibility issues; you can buy something like "Heist" working, but "Aankhen" it's best to turn your brain off. This is more along the lines of something like "To Catch a Thief"; you don't buy it but the ride's so much fun you don't care.

The directing by Vipul Shah definitely deserves kudos on the visual end and with the actors; the director uses both the foreground AND the background, unconcerned with what's in focus and what isn't (and in fact drops in a few jokes), and the framing is quite precise. Even when he's constrained by the necessity of suddenly making a music video, he does his best. The acting isn't perfect, but the actors are convincing in their handicapped and Amitabh Bachchan comes off as one cold-blooded hombre.

This is definitely worth a look, a superior slice of dumb fun.


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