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.
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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