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Aankhen

Director Vipul Shah 
Cast Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Sushmita Sen, Arjun Ramphal, Bipasha Basu, Paresh Rawal and Aditya Panscholi 
Lyrics Nitin Raikwar, Prasun Joshi & Praveen Bharadwaj 
Music  Aadesh Shrivastava 

Bachchan plays Vijay Singh Rajput, a honest and dedicated employee of Vilasrao Jefferson Bank. A slight schizophrenic, Rajput is sacked after he beats up another employee of the bank for cheating a customer of Rs 100. Rajput screams revenge and plans a bank robbery. He hires a blind teacher Neha (Sushmita Sen) and three blind men Vishwas (Akshay Kumar), Arjun (Arjun Rampal) and Illyas (Paresh Rawal) for the job. 
The robbery takes place, but things go haywire as the blind men decide to keep the loot to themselves. Bachchan is jailed in the end after Neha and Illyas are killed. Vishwas and Arjun get to keep the loot. The end is unacceptable to Hindi film buffs who worship Bachchan, more so after the success of KBC.       
The performances are brilliant. Amitabh excels, Sushmita is good when she is not melodramatic, Arjun and Akshay are decent enough. But the man who steals the show is Paresh Rawal who has some brilliant one-liners and is indeed the star of the show. Amitabh is definitely onto the right kind of role but then its time for him to judge the roles properly so that millions of his fans world world wide are not taken for a ride by the film director.

Based on a Gujarati play Andhalo Pato, Aankhen has no been adapted too well for the big screen. Aankhen was titled All The Best, but the name was changed as it did not appeal to the rural audience. The film too might not appeal to audience in the smaller centers due to its concept and style. But competent performances and well-written dialogues take the cake. 

The climax, in which Amitabh Bachchan is nabbed by the police, is quite tame and fails to excite the viewer Overall, while the pre-interval portion is quite entertaining for its comedy mainly, the post-interval part is tedious, repetitive and boring too. The plan is so difficult that how differently its actual execution is taking shape from the original plan is not very clear -something which comes in the way of the viewer's enjoyment. Dialogues (Aatish Kapadia) are good at places and superb in comedy scenes.

There are two versions of the movie, one for India and one for U.S.A and overseas. There is lot of difference in the US version and the people who have seen in US have liked the movie a lot. The difference is specially great in the climax, in the Indian version Amitabh goes to jail, but in overseas version, Amitabh bribes Aditya Panscholi and gets away and puts Ajit Vachani in jail as the victim, and then goes after Akshay Kumar and Arjun Rampal. Akshay Kumar's sixth sense tells him that Amitabh is out of jail and so they get ready for Amitabh, while Amitabh is just next to them laughing away to glory. Infact,
the climax of the movie in the overseas version, lifts the movie from mediocre to a classic movie. 

Music is good (though not hit), but there are too few songs. 'Gustakhiyan', 'Phatela jeb' and 'Chhalka chhalka' are good numbers. Picturisation of 'Gustakhiyan' on Akshay Kumar and Bipasha Basu is rich and eye-pleasing. The 'Chhalka chhalka' song, picturised on Kashmira Shah, is mass-appealing. The 'Phatela jeb' number will be liked in Bombay only. Background score is very fine. Action scenes are good.

Ashok Mehta's camerawork is exceptionally good.

Amitabh's 'Kaante' is making waves and its trailers are seen to be believed. Until its release Amitabh fans can quench their thirst by seeing Aankhen.

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