The Announcement of War (1989)

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A small Indian village is terrorized by a terrorist Kalanag who wants to destroy the country and become its ruler.


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Anil Sharma


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18 August 2020 | nadkarnisumeet
| Garam Dharam's Box office Dhamaka
Elaan-E-Jung review :

Director Anil Sharma is well known for his blockbuster hit 'Gadar Ek Prem Katha' (2001) in which Sunny Deol destroyed Pakistan with a hand pump. But not many are aware of the directors successful collaboration with Sunny paajis pappa ji Dharmendra in the 80s.

1987 belonged to Dharmendra where he gave multiple hits (Hukumat, Aag Hi Aag, Insaniyat Ke Dushman, Loha, Watan Ke Rakhwale, Mard Ki Zabaan, Dadagiri, Jaan Hatheli Pe, Insaf Ki Pukar).

Hukumat, directed by Anil Sharma, was the biggest hit of the year celebrating a Silver jubilee run at the iconic Minerva cinema, Mumbai. Jee haan, the Sholay wala theatre.

Dharam played ACP Arjun Singh who takes on the diabolical DBDN (Sadashiv Amrapurkar) who had killed his father (a hamming Parikshit Sahni) eons ago. The formula made for a typical maar dhaad entertainer which the 80s audience lapped up generously.

Buoyed by the success of Hukumat, Anil Sharma announced Elaan-E-Jung repeating not just its plot line but also pitting Dharam once again with Sadashiv Amrapurkar. Dharmendra was called Arjun Thakur instead of Singh and Sadashiv was General DJN instead of DBDN.

By comparison, Elaan-E-Jung was more cheesy for its dialogues bordering on unintended hilarity.

"Main Hoon Naag, Kaala Nag. Saamne aaye toh apne baap ko das loon. Phir yeh desh kya cheez hai".

"Totti, Ae Totti!!".

The film makes for an ideal lazy sunday afternoon viewing. Best enjoyed over drinks with friends!! Thats how I had seen this movie during my CA articleship days.


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18 August 1989



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