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Film Review: Vaastav
Reviewer: Sapna Chhaya


Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Namrata Shirodkar, Mohnish Behl, Ektaa, Deepak Tijori, Shivaji Satam, Reema Lagoo, Paresh Rawal, Ashish Vidhyarthi, Mohan Joshi, and Sanjay Narvekar
Producer : Adishakti Films
Director: Mahesh Manjrekar
Music: Jatin Lalit
Theatrical Release: October 15, 1999
Sapna.Chhaya's Rating: 5/5

About Movie:

The movie is based on the Mumbai underworld. Raghu (Sanjay Dutt) lives in a chawl with his parents (Shivaji Satam and Reema Lagoo) and his brother Vijay (Mohnish Behl). Raghu is not interested in studies and always hangs out with his friends. Like all fathers Raghu's father keeps on telling him to settle down and do something, either get a job or complete his studies. Raghu requests his father to lend him money to open up a pav-bhaaji stall that he'll run with his friends. His father agrees, and Raghu starts working and making money. But life cannot be fair... Raghu accidentally kills one of his customers in a fight over an unpaid bill. That customer turns out to be the brother of a gangster, so Raghu is running from the police and the gangster. With the help of his friend (Deepak Tijori), Raghu finds refuge under Vitthal Kaanya (Ashish Vidhyarthi); a rival of the one Raghu is running from. Vitthal changes the innocent chawl boy to a gangster. Babbanrao Kadam (Mohan Joshi) is a corrupted minister and begins to use Raghu to get rid of people that are a threat to his political career. Raghu meanwhile, meets a prostitute Sonu (Namrata Shrirodhkar) whom he later marries. Raghu has also got addicted to cocaine and alcohol. Then the movie is how the innocent basti boy gets peace in life.


This is probably the best role Sanjay Dutt has done in his entire career. Before seeing Vaastav I was shocked to see the Sanjay Dutt get the Filmfare '99 award. But after seeing movie there is no wonder at all. He deserves it by all means. Paresh Rawal is in a guest appearance as a broker that settles disputes between rival gangs manages to make an impact. Reema Lagoo and Shivaji Satam have given excellent performances as Raghu's parents. Sanjay Narvekar (Dedfutia, Raghu's best friend) is pretty good. Vaastav is different than all the films in its capacity of being emotional and hard hitting at the same time. Some of the scenes in movie are so very well directed that it makes you cry. For example, Raghu's breakdown in his mother's arms as there's no way out for him. It shows so nicely that inspite the gangster stays above the law, how restless are they! In short Vaastav has a good storyline, excellent direction and best performances from each character, and most importantly Our Sanjay Dutt in the cast.

Too good a movie. I was not a Sanjay Dutt fan at all before seeing this movie but this movie has changed me. If you have not seen it better see it soon.
>>>>>>>>End of Vaastav review

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