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Halla Bol: The mirror of the society
Halla Bol starring Ajay Devgan, Vidya Balan, Pankaj Kapur and Darshan Jariwala is one such film that raises voice against rape, exploitation and illegal use of power and as well money.
RAJKUMAR SANTOSHI and Ajay Devgan jodi (partnership) has hit the screens again, with the release of Halla Bol. The film was due to release with Taare Zameen Par but was postponed to avoid any business losses. The move has paid off. A Devgan - Santoshi combo film always creates vibes at the box office success. Take for example the Legend of Bhagat Singh, which was given a National award. And with Halla Bol too, Santoshi has a lot to say through the film. Halla Bol is a typical Santoshi product, which reopens wounds, is raw and hard-hitting and has life-like situations, with a saviour who pricks your conscience. If you are familiar with movies like Ghayal, Damini, Ghatak, Lajja, The Legend of Bhagat Singh and Khakee, then Santoshi is no stranger to you.
He is known for directing films having a social undercurrent. Halla Bol starring Ajay Devgan, Vidya Balan, Pankaj Kapur and Darshan Jariwala is one such film that raises voice against rape, exploitation and illegal use of power and money.
A small town boy Ashfaque (Ajay Devgan), aspires to become a Bollywood superstar. He joins a street theatre group run by a reformed dacoit Sidhu (Pankaj Kapur), who uses street theatre as a medium to bring about an awakening in the masses. His determined struggle and hard work pays of and he shoots to fame as a super star of Bollywood in a short span of time. With fame and money, Sameer Khan (Ashfaque’s new screen name), gets self-obsessed and looses his real self, and in turn looses the love of his near and dear one’s. An incident that takes place at a party brings transformation within his self. Torn between his false prestige, a superstar image and humanity, Ashfaque emerges as a real life hero.
Santoshi excels with Halla Bol. The story has been deftly handled and a lot of scenes are executed with confidence that they leave a strong impact on our minds. The street play about a politician in the first half of the movie, the scene where Kapur comes across as a solid man when bullets are fired at him, Kapur’s reaction when he is offered bribe by Bhargava near the poolside and Devgan urinating on the carpet at the minister house leaves you awestruck. The dialogues are well written. Devgan’s dialogue at the politician’s house, Balan’s reply to the media when the media bombards her husband with questions regarding their marital life and Kapur’s eruption towards the end when Devgan was hospitalised, makes your hairs stand up.
The music by Sukhwinder Singh is okay. ’Na Guzre Huwe Pal’ is a wonderful track, while the cry of war, the title track, enthuses you. Cinematography is wonderful. You will hear number of dialogues, which is applauded. Devgan, Kapur and Jariwala are the pillars of the movie. Balan has little to do but is good in that stint.
With Halla Bol, Santoshi is back with what he’s best at - hard-hitting drama. Halla Bol holds a mirror into the society. It is an influential film. At the box-office, Halla Bol has the power to grow with a strong word of mouth.
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