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» Hindi Movies : Movie Review : Alag
Starring: Vinod Khanna, Dia Mirza, Akshay Kapoor, Jayant Kriplani, Mukesh Tiwari, Sharat Saxena, Yatin Karyekar, Beena, Tom Alter, Rana Jung Bahadur
Director: Ashu Trikha
Music: Aadesh Shrivastav
Producer: Subi Samuel

Alag

The story of 'Alag' begins with a death. Hemant Rastogi is a middle-aged man who was supposed to be staying all alone in a house. Suddenly there is news about his death and police is called. Upon investigation, police realizes that there is something eerie, something strange about the whole setting. From the house to its lone occupant, there is some secret behind the closed doors that made its presence felt.

There is a death in the family of the Rastogi's. Hemant Rastogi has a cardiac arrest and he dies. The police take over the house and find out that the house and the family that lived within, is odd to say the least!!

Neighbours know precious little of the family and think they have seen someone walk the house at nights alone. They speak of the person as if he is a ghost!!! But no one can say for sure that there is anybody else living in that house other than Mr. Hemant Rastogi. On further investigations, the police realize that there is another person who stays in the same house, Hemant Rastogi's son Tejas (Akshay Kapoor). A boy who has been hidden in the house by Hemant like he was some family secret!! A boy who has never stepped out of the house for eighteen years and lived in the dark all his life. Why did Hemant have to treat his own son like this??? Enter Purva Rana (Dia Mirza), daughter of a philanthropist, who runs an institution for the orphans and for youngsters who have committed petty crimes. She and her institution seem to be the only way out for

To give the credit where it's due, the plot of ALAG sounds plausible. It is effective at getting the audience to care about the principal personality. Anyone who has ever felt like an outsider will see an element of himself/herself in the title character. It's easy to sympathize and identify with the loner.

Aadesh Shrivastava's music is a mixed bag. 'Saanjh Ki Pighalti', the romantic track between Akshay and Dia, is soothing, while 'Sabse Alag' [filmed on a host of topnotch actors during the end credits], is another striking composition. But the tapori song ['Apun Ki Toli'] as also the hip-hop track ['Hai Junoon'] was just not required. It's completely uncharacteristic for the recluse hero to suddenly break into songs and dances, frankly. Cinematography [Fuwad Khan] is up to the mark. The visual effects are first-rate.

ALAG rests on Akshay Kapoor's firm shoulders and the actor handles the complex role with confidence. He succeeds in making you feel for the character and that's one big achievement. Dia Mirza is highly effective. Although the story revolves around Akshay, Dia manages to make her presence felt nonetheless. Yateen Karyekar is alright. Mukesh Rishi has a miniscule role. Jayant Kripalani, as Dia's father, is up to the mark. Tom Alter is stereotypical. Beena is fair.

A soul stirring and emotional film, 'Alag' is a produced by Subi Samuel who is one of the top celebrity photographers in India.

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