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FR 10 – Samar Khan’s SHAURYA (2008) – “A Few Good Men” in Kashmir

May 2, 2009

Mad Professor Marks: 7 out of 10

Ok, yes, this is a remake, originality is truly scarce in Bollywood, but then again, at least it is a remake which turned out to be a truly good film.

“Shaurya” is Hindi for “valour”. SHAURYA, Samar Khan’s second film,  revolves around the lives of two close friends, Maj. Siddhant Chaudhary (Rahul Bose) and Maj. Aakash Kapoorboth (Javeed Jaffrey), both lawyers in the Indian army. Aakash’s future father-in-law puts him onto a prestigous case in Kashmir to boost his career and Siddhant talks his friend into getting posted there with him. As it turns out the ambitious Aakash becomes the prosecutor and the easy-going Siddhant the defender of Capt. Javed Khan (Deepak Dobriyal) who is accused of having killed his commanding officer.

Siddhant gets into trouble on the very first day when he gets fooled into giving away confidential data by journalist Kavya (Minissha Lamba) who boldly uses it to make news. For that Siddhant not only receives a serious blasting from the superior authorities, Kavya also made him realize that a human life lies in his hands and he has not even researched the case thoroughly. This is the beginning of a change in Siddhant’s personality which creates a certain distance to former best friend Aakash and ultimately leads him to a court showdown with Brigadier Pratap (Kay Kay Menon), a highly decorated officer with a narcissistic obession for power. What makes things even more difficult is that the accused Captain remains silent.

The stunning performances by Kay Kay Menon and Deepak Dobriyal and good performances by Rahul Bose (MR. AND MRS. IYER, TAHAAN, BEFORE THE RAINS, DIL KABADDI) and Javeed Jaffrey go hand in hand with a solid direction.

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