Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 10 August 2001
Raj Kumar Santoshi
WHEN Boney Kapoor launched Pukar four years ago, it was the hottest movie going with Anil Kapoor andMadhuri Dixit ruling the roost and Raj Santoshi withhis track record of quality films.
But going by the initial response, the possibility of the movie recovering its 25 crore expense remains bleak. Thatthe film deals with the lives of army officers and a few references to the Kargil though saves the situation a little.
Anil Kapoor plays a dutiful army commander who is in charge of the security of a terrorist from the neighbouring country. Madhuri Dixit his jealous lover and Namrata Shirodkar the third angle to this triangle. Raj Santoshi, in his characteristic style has made the movie dramatic and realistic in turns.
Prabhu Devaa and Lata Mangeshkar play special cameos in the film.
What saves the film are brillaint performances by Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit. Madhuri as the jealous, possessive lover, gives a fantastic performance. Anil Kapoor, once again, has given a fine tuned performance --- perfect without being loud or aggressive.
The music is just about average, but the photography is stunning, making the film come alive.
Its ultimately the actors who carry the film through. Not that the plot does not work, in fact its engrossing, but it simply fails to carry you through.
This could be the last time you will see Madhuri and Anil together on screen, the pair which gave us hits like Tezaab and Ghar Jamai.
The magic still works.