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Ram Lakhan: Where good wins over evil

Abhilash Tulasi | October 21, 2003 13:59 IST

Almost all of Subhash Ghai's earlier subjectswere about defining the good andthe bad, followed by the inevitable victory of the former over the latter.

ThoughKarmacomes close, it isRam Lakhanthat fitsthis definition perfectly.Ram Lakhan is easily his best workbecause ofits interesting story, endearing narration, vibrant performances, flawless direction and superior screenplay.

Though the basic premise of the story is 'inspired' from the blockbuster Deewar, the film clicked with the audiences and became a huge hit because of its refreshing presentation.

Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit in Ram LakhanThe story is about a woman (Rakhee) who becomes a victim of her husband's (Dalip Tahil) evil cousin's (Amrish Puri) evil deeds. Her husband iskilled and she is thrown out ofthe haveli, stranded on the streets with her two boys, Ram and Lakhan. Instead of giving up, she vows revenge. How her children become the instruments of her vengeanceforms the crux of the plot.

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Rambecomes a police officer and is very focused on his mission. Lakhan is a street-smart tapori. Young, immature and overly ambitious, he deviates from his mother's mission and finds his own -- of becoming rich overnight. But heends up losing everything -- his family, his job and his childhood sweetheart, Radha. Thus, helearns the lesson of distinguishing between good and bad and eventually gets back on track.

The character sketch of the film is a craftsman's work. Every character is earthy, natural, and offersentertainment value.

Jackie Shroff as Ram is the perfect depiction of 'good'.

Anil Kapoor as Lakhan gets to perform various shades. Hecarries off the huge responsibility with sincerity and succeeds. Not once does he letLakhan down.

Madhuri Dixit oozes freshness as she adorns the project with her bewitching looks, gracious dances and a down-to-earth portrayal of Radha.

Rakhee leads the mission with conviction.

Other cast members like Dimple Kapadia, Saeed Jaffery, Amrish Puri, Anu Kapoor, Gulshan Grover, Raza Murad and the sexySonika Gill, who plays Vivian, lend adequate support. Special mention must be made of the comic duo, Anupam Kher and Satish Kaushik, who keep charming the viewers throughout.

The music (by Laxmikant-Pyarelal) is part of the script andprovides ample support to the narration.

The melodious Mere do anmol ratan keeps playing in the background throughout the initial part of the film. One two kafour introduces the grown-up Lakhan and also defines his character to a great extent.

Tera naam liya is extremely melodious andromantic. The songs O Ramji and Bekadar bekhabaraccompanied by the dances rendered by Radha provide a classy touch.

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The cinematography is excellent and the background score, brilliant.

Some of the scenes and situations that stand out because of theirintelligent handling:

  • Jackie Shroff and Dimple Kapadia are invited to the engagementof Amrish Puri's son (Anand Balraj)with Madhuri Dixit. The intention is to insult them by making Madhuri (who is Lakhan's childhood sweetheart) dance with prostitutes in the mehfil [party]. Providing a classic twist to the mood, Madhuri breaks out in a song addressing Lord Ram, complaining of his brother Lakshman/Lakhan. Jackie, who isRam, suddenly becomes the focusof the party. Dimple notices this and takes part in the subtle communication with Jackie and the helpless Madhuri. A masterpiece.
  • Anil's deep-rooted memory of his mother being dragged out of their haveli and his subsequent revenge on Amrish Puri in the same manner.
  • Anil's constant pranks in whichAnupam Kher and his assistant Satish Kaushik are the main targets.
  • Anil's dramatic capture of Kesariya, the dacoit.
  • Dimple's introduction and the subsequent Tera naam liya, where Anil and his friendschase Jackie andDimple and tease them about their romance.
  • A heartbroken Jackie when Anil accuses him ofresentingthe latter's success.
  • Rakhee's display of wrath -- destroying the furniture at Anil's residence -- when she finds out that her mandir (temple) is corrupted.
  • Anil and Madhuri's intense chemistry.
  • Madhuri'sdemanding screen presence.

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Sub: just another Bollywood crap movie!!

Subhash Ghai is one of those stupid masala directors. I don't understand what is there in this typical Hollywood mainstream C-class movie to reminisce about. ...

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