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Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag (Ram Gopal Varma's Fire)

2007-10-05 11:40
What it's about:

When Inspector Narsimha (Mohanlal) loses his entire family to the wrath of Babban (Amitabh Bachchan), the dreaded ruler of Mumbai's underworld, he recruits two smalltime crooks Heero (Ajay Devgan) and Raj (Prashant Raj) to exact his revenge.

But the selfish crusade soon becomes a selfless war to protect the people of a helpless fishing village located on prime real estate Babban will do anything to acquire.

What we though of it:

Those familiar with Ram Gopal Varma's cinematography will recognise his work instantly. But in Aag RGV goes so far above and beyond over-the-top that he outdoes even himself. Crazy close-ups, overkill tilted shots, outrageous jerky movements, unnecessary over-the-shoulder angles; he's just all over the place.

Many fans of the hit classic will feel RGV has desecrated Sholay. Names have been changed, dialogue has been spoiled, and scenes have been altered.

Most of the characters are simply thinly outlined portraits in a picture book desperately waiting to be crayoned in. The only character with some depth is that of the tortured Inspector Narsimha, who has lost everything (including his fingers) to the merciless wrath of Babban.

If you can stop yourself from comparing Aag to Sholay you might have a half decent time being flung around in Ram Gopal Varma's latest thriller. If you can't, well, then don't waste your money.

- Megan Kakora
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