Aankhen (2002)

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After a temperamental man is unceremoniously stripped of his duties as a bank manager, he decides to seek revenge by robbing the bank. He trains three blind men to do this risky task for him.

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29 November 2002 | cinnatusc
Topnotch directing and good acting over somewhat weak screenplay
That pretty much sums it up. As heist thrillers go, this is a pretty solid movie. The lengthy time actually works in its favor, because it allows the main characters to be fully fleshed out. Unless you're David Mamet, it's pretty hard to do a 90 minute heist movie and have you care about the people involved. From an American perspective, this movie is quite fresh, both in the concept and the lack of American stereotypes (there's no young punk, retired thief returning for one last score, or anything like that here.) Also, the tension level is excellently done. That said, there are some major credibility issues; you can buy something like "Heist" working, but "Aankhen" it's best to turn your brain off. This is more along the lines of something like "To Catch a Thief"; you don't buy it but the ride's so much fun you don't care.

The directing by Vipul Shah definitely deserves kudos on the visual end and with the actors; the director uses both the foreground AND the background, unconcerned with what's in focus and what isn't (and in fact drops in a few jokes), and the framing is quite precise. Even when he's constrained by the necessity of suddenly making a music video, he does his best. The acting isn't perfect, but the actors are convincing in their handicapped and Amitabh Bachchan comes off as one cold-blooded hombre.

This is definitely worth a look, a superior slice of dumb fun.

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Vipul started, "I had invited Bachchan to the preview of Dariya Choru, my Gujarati feature film. He told me that it was the best regional film he had ever seen. Film producer and financier Vinod Doshi had also seen the rushes of the film and he signed me on as the director for his new venture.""I want to be different. My story is my trump card. In India, no one has ever made anything like Ankhmicholi. It's a 'fantasy-thriller'. When I earlier tried to contact Bachchan, he was busy with KBC. He is committed to the show, totally involved. He didn't return my call. But, I'd decided that only Bachchan could play this role. Finally, we went to see him at Filmalaya. I requested him to spare some time."He then asked me to narrate the story. I did, and he got interested. He wanted to read the script, so we met him five days later with it," says Shah.The plot and the script are co-written by Vipul Shah and Aatish Kapadia, who is writing Yaadein for Subhash Ghai."After four hours of hearing about and reading the script, Amitabh agreed to play the villain. He has done it all in his career. There's nothing he hasn't done. I think he wants to explore and experiment now. Probably, he also wants to work with a new generation of film makers," says Shah."Akshay Kumar, Aftab Shivdasani and Paresh Rawal play the protagonists. Rani Mukherjee has a role where she shields the villain. Aftab was ready to drop a major role for this film and Akshay Kumar agreed to do it at the first meeting we had. An excited Paresh Rawal said, 'I don't want to discuss money'," informs Shah.Shah says that he owes the positive response he received from Bachchan and the others to the unusual plot and a strong script.The Big B enacts a highly-charged role of an intelligent antagonist. Shah says that Bachchan has no justification for his crime, neither is he a victim of any social injustice or attack on his family. He plays a bank officer who is sacked for misappropriation.Amitabh had played a negative role in Parwana almost three decades ago. He returns as villain in Ankhmicholi.Vipul Shah has earned kudos for his two hit serials on Sony: Alpaviram, based on a real life story, depicts a woman who is raped while she is in coma. Her pregnancy sets off a chain of events portrayed in the serial. And Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka captures all the shades of human emotion and family intrigue. The show is now over 500 weeks old.


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The employee who was beaten up is still shown to be working at the bank despite everyone knowing about him conning an old lady for months.


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In the opening credits, the name of the cast and the crew is written in palindromes.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Thriller

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