Aan: A curtain raiser

Last Updated: Thu, Jun 03, 2004 07:00 hrs

Aan comes in as a promising cop film in the current spate of cop films like Khakee, Ab Tak Chhappan, Dev, Garv, Police Force, et al.

This multi-starrer comes from the Firoz Nadiadwala stable. Nadiadwala spells LAVISH! Everything from mega star cast to unbelievable sets to lavish locations to foreign artists to world class technicians to last but not the least - swanky sports cars! A dream producer to many a directors!

Aan is directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. Bhandarkar after his past two hard-hitting, realistic, women-oriented films Chandni Bar (2001) and Satta (2003) goes back to the commercial masala mode of his less known debut film Trishakti (1999) for Aan.

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Aan has been in news right from its inception due to its supposedly similar theme with Rajkumar Santoshi’s Khakee, which released earlier this year. But as like all the rumours, this too was laid to rest with the passage of time. The only common factor in both the films are Akshay Kumar and Lara Dutta. Incidentally Amitabh Bachchan was offered Aan initially but he backed off later and Shatrughan Sinha joined in subsequently.


Mumbai Crime branch is at its lowest ebb. All work happens in a highly discretionary way.

Sr. Insp. Vikram Singh (Shatrughan Sinha) believes that "there is no point". With a few years from retirement he encourages the others too to leave things alone. He has gotten over his frustrations a few years back and has a wry dry sense of humor about all things.

Sub. Insp. Appa Kadam Naik (Suniel Shetty) is the encounter king. Married and in his early thirties, he is of the opinion that elimination of criminals is the best possible was as the law usually lets the culprits be bailed out.

Const. Khaled Ansari (Paresh Rawal) is a poor man from a large family and usually keeps things in a lighter vein in the branch. Everybody loves to have him around.

All of these officers have accepted a laid back and corrupt nature as a way of life as they know that no one could beat the system!

The city in turn is virtually ruled by three people.

Manik Rao (Manoj Joshi) - the Home Minister calls the shots with the law firmly under his control.

An underworld don Yusuf Pathan (Irrfan Khan) has his full support.

A rich builder and business magnate, Gautam Walia (Jackie Shroff) also is involved with them.

The three of them are making huge money by helping each other whenever the time came. With the three of them ruling the most, Crime Branch is reduced to a virtually impotent force!

This changed when a young IPS officer, DCP Hari Om Patnaik (Akshay Kumar) enters the scene. He is transferred there from Poona.

Right from day one the officers find themselves at loggerheads with their new boss who is determined to change things. The officers soon find out that Hari was determined to make a difference. He even promises them that the day he gets and opportunity, he would take the system head on.

The opportunity comes when Manik Rao has businessman Ajit Pradhan (Milind Gunaji) eliminated by Yusuf Pathan's younger brother - a murder that was never intended to be, as Manik Rao just wanted Pathan to threaten Pradhan into submission! As destiny would have it the Pradhan murder case comes to crime branch. Hari and his men set off on a trail to expose the people behind this high profile murder.

Despite the ideological difference Vikram Singh, Appa Kadam and DCP Hari Om Patnaik combine into a magnum force and expose the criminals and clean up the city from the clutches of the underworld facing a lot of difficulties along the way.

Supporting Cast

The female lead of this male-dominated film comprises of Raveena, Lara and Preeti.

Raveena Tandon plays Roshni, a bar dancer in the film. Her role was initially offered to Tabu but the actress couldn’t allot bulk dates for the project. Also it's after a long hiatus that Akshay and Raveena will be seen together in a film (though they aren’t paired opposite each other).

Lara Dutta plays Kiran and is paired opposite Akshay while Preeti Jhangiani plays Janki and is paired opposite Suniel Shetty.

Others in the cast of Aan include Om Puri (as commissioner Khurana), Vijay Raaz, Mohan Agashe, Ajinkya Deo and Rahul Dev.

Nadiadwala films are known their trademark item numbers. He had roped in Namrata Shirodkar for Hera Pheri (Tun Tunak Tun) and Arabic belly dancers for Awara Pagal Deewana (Ya Habibi).

And the trend continues with Aan where he has roped in actress Reemma Sen (an extra ‘m’ added for numerological reasons) and model Gauhar Khan for two sizzling item numbers in the film. Remixed versions (by well-known DJ, Akbar Sami) of these item numbers are separately shot as music videos and picturized on Lara, Akshay, Suniel and Jackie apart from Reemma and Gauhar. However these music videos won’t appear in the film and will solely be used for promoting the film.

Nadiadwala favourite Anu Malik has composed the music of this film too and Sameer has penned the lyrics. The screenplay is written by Sanjeev Puri (who directed Agni Pankh earlier this year) and Manoj Tyagi. Cinematography is by Madhu Rao.

Firoz Nadiadwala had flown down Matrix stunt co-coordinators to picturize action sequences of Awara Pagal Deewana. And for Aan he has brought down Shaolin monk Hong Yu from China and Taekwondo master Monsour Del Rosario from Phillipines to train Akshay Kumar for some flying kick fight sequences in the film. Incidentally, the trainers have also found a role in the film.

Indiafm, with inputs from Bhavik Amberish Sanghvi

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