Produced by: Venus Records & Tapes Ltd
Story and Director: Mansoor Khan
K V Anand
Starring: Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Chandrachur Singh,
Priya Gill Sharad Kapoor, Sharat Saxena & Nadira
Box-Office status: Average
The Review: From the makers of 'Khiladi', 'Baazigar', 'Main
Khiladi Tu Anadi', 'Yes Boss' and the likes, comes another gross
Set on the picturesque locales of Goa, the film is about the
rivalry of Shahrukh Khan and Sharad Kapoor and love of Aishwarya
Rai and Chandrachur Singh among this hatred.
Shahrukh has turned a singer in this film with the song 'Apun
Bola', which is already breaking records. The picturesque
locales at Mauritius and Goa have been captured beautifully by
cinematographer K V Anand. The authentic sets by art director
Nitin Desai have lent a very unique feel to the film.
The two gangs - Eagles & Bichoo revel love to showoff their
strength to each other. Prakash's city-bred brother, Rahul (Chandrachur
Singh), falls in love with Max's twin-sister, Shirley (Aishwarya
Rai). Rahul, a sensible young boy, does not agree with the
mindless violence the two gangs resort to. In the end, the film
confirms that mindless violence leads to destruction.
Inspired by WEST SIDE STORY, the film holds your attention from
the very first sequence. The enmity between the two gangs is
established at the very outset and the execution of these scenes
proves director Mansoor Khan's command over the medium. The
first half is exciting; it is laced with tense, humorous and
sensitive moments, all handled with finesse that most gang-war
The interval point is among the highlights of the film. The
fight-to-finish battle for supremacy and Ash getting unconscious
when Shah Rukh tries to throttle Chandrachur is remarkably shot.
This point raises the expectations for an equally engrossing
second half. But the film loses ground in the post-interval
The fault lies with the script of the film -- the basic premise
of the story (the truth behind Shah Rukh and Ash's father) is
weak. The flashback portions, coupled with Nadira's
characterisation, should've been better explained. Even the
climax leaves a lot to be desired. The courtroom sequence, when
the verdict is pronounced, and prior to it the accident of
Sharad Kapoor's actual murderer, seems like a shortcut to end
the story fast.
Another drawback is the Goan atmosphere projected in the film.
There is no denying that it gives the film a rich look in terms
of colors used and language spoken, but the atmosphere will not
be accepted in Rajasthan, Punjab and Bihar.
Yet, it cannot be denied that Mansoor Khan deserves full marks
for deviating from the run-of-the-mill trend by casting two top
stars as siblings. Giving equal footage to Shah Rukh and Sharad,
thus refusing to bow to market dictates requires courage.
Otherwise too, his execution of sequences is remarkable. Notice
the tense moments between Shah Rukh and Sharad Kapoor or the
light scenes involving Chandrachur and Ash or the fight towards
the pre-climax when Shah Rukh shoots Sharad, you have to accept
the fact that the director knows his job well.
Anu Malik's music compliments the goings-on beautifully. The
film has a lilting score and every song is equally well
picturised. 'Sailaru Sailare', 'Apun Bola' (rendered efficiently
by Shah Rukh) and 'Hai Mera Dil' are gems that will add to the
repeat viewing of the film. Action scenes (Abbas Ali) are
vibrant. The fights look realistic and have been canned without
resorting to crudeness. Dialogues are natural. Cinematography (K.V.
Anand) is fabulous.
Shah Rukh Khan excels as Max. He looks the character and
performs it with utmost sincerity. This is undoubtedly one of
the best performances of his career. Aishwarya Rai looks
stunning (as always!) and delivers a great performance too. It
must be noted that Shah Rukh and Ash don't look odd enacting the
role of twins.
Sharad Kapoor springs a pleasant surprise. He is totally under
control and plays his part to perfection, matching Shah Rukh at
every step. This film should prove the turning point in his
career. Chandrachur Singh is first-rate too. He looks the
character, which was so important, and his performance is sure
to be appreciated. Priya Gill has too a small role to leave an
impact. Nadira suffers due to a weak characterisation. Sharat
Saxena and Viveck Vaswani lend adequate support.
On the whole, JOSH is a well made film with great performances
and a hit musical score.
- courtesy: indiafm.com and