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Sarfarosh (1999)

  • LanguageHindi

Sarfarosh is a work of fiction, based on facts. For the first time a film dares to take an honest and courageous look at some of the real reasons behind terrorism and insurgency in our land. It shows, how guns and drugs are smuggled in, across the border at Rajasthan, and how they reach the interiors of India, spreading terror and destruction. The film unfolds in the dense forests bordering Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh and then moves to the awesomely majestic deserts of Rajasthan, to the streets of Delhi and the realistically captured underbelly of Mumbai, to narrate a story of the proxy war that Pakistan is waging against India, through its I.S.I. 

Sarfarosh tells the story of an honest, young man, Ajay, played by Aamir Khan, whose life is never the same after an encounter with terrorists leaving in its wake - a dead brother and a paraplegic father. Despite the odds, this young man finds ... A REASON TO LIVE. 

Though the canvas is vast, the narration of the film is fast-paced and dramatic. Sonali Bendre is refreshing as she brings in the romance and the comic moments. Naseeruddin Shah's brilliance can be seen as a ghazal singer where his performance is soft and yet remarkable in its intensity. Aamir Khan stands apart, assaying a role that is credible, taut, with a restrained violence and power, that is devastating. 

Now, brace yourself for this gripping story that will keep you engrossed.

(From the official press booklet)


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