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Such controversies often threaten to overshadow the film itself and are credited by the box office pundits for being the major reasons for its huge success at the box office. “Khalnayak” has an age-old plot that would be familiar to those who regularly watch Hindi cinema. It belongs to the genre of films where two male characters are from opposite lanes of life and their ideals clash.
Rakhi plays Aarti, a woman who has been abandoned by her son, Balu Balram (Sanjay Dutt) after he killed his father. After killing several political leaders, Balu is captured by the police and brought to jail where he is questioned by the chief police inspector, Ram Kumar (Jackie Shroff) about his gang and who he works for.
Balu Balram works for a James Bond villain wannabe, Roshi Mahanta who comes complete with a white cat and a telephone (so that when he is bored doing nothing but just sitting on his chair and giving people scary glances, he can give nuisance phone calls to everyone). Enter Ganga (Madhuri Dixit) who is Ram’s beloved. Well, of course, their names do go together so they are made for each other. “Main Ram ki Ganga hoon” and all that. It would be odd if Ram fell in love with a Susie or Ganga fell in love with a Robert. Not long after, Balu makes his escape from prison wearing a police uniform. Ghai should have gone the whole hog and copied the prison escape scene in “The Wind and the Willows” where the Frog escapes prison dressed up as a washer-woman. Imagine, Sanjay dressed up as a washer-woman, that would have been a sight to behold! To make up for this though, we are subjected to seeing him in drag in the later part of the film. Ram’s career is at stake and Ganga helps him by locating Balu herself and becoming his traveling companion. She is bored by her job as a prison warden and I suspect that she uses this opportunity to go on a holiday. After all, nothing that she does is actually helpful for Ram. The potboiler goes onto its way to the climax with revelations that Ram and Balu were close friends in their childhood, the reunion of Balu and his mother and the obliteration of the villain that James Bond could not be bothered to kill.
As you have probably gauged already, there are some holes in the story (nothing more than what is usual in a Bollywood masala) but there are also some other flaws too. Mainly it is the climax, which seems to be almost non-existent. The film builds up the tension and it carries on building and once it is about to gain momentum, the finale is over quite quickly and we are facing the closing credits already. The director has acknowledged this mistake himself and he wishes that if he could turn back the clock, he would go back and spend more time on the ending of the film. Instead, Ghai was eager to wrap up production. There should also have been a tighter rein on the editing especially in the flashback portion of the film where the plot begins to meander a little. Despite these flaws, “Khalnayak” is a solid entertainer. With sterling performances, catchy music and some very good direction, this is a film that has that repeat viewing factor.
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|'Khalnayak' Caste & Crew|
|- Sanjay Dutt|
|- Jackie Shroff|
|- Madhuri Dixit|
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