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» Hindi Movies : Movie Review : Rang De Basanti
Starring: Aamir Khan, Soha Khan, Waheeda Rehman, Om Puri, Kirron Kher, Anupam Kher, Atul Kulkarni, Kunal Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, Lekh Tandon
Director: Rakesh Mehra
Music: A R Rahman

Rang De Basanti

She sets about to make the film on her own and lands in India at her friend Sonia (Soha Ali Khan)'s place.

She goes around hunting for right faces for her film and eventually finishes getting Soniaís good-for-nothing friends to do the roles of Chandrashekhar Azad (Aamir Khan), Bhagat Singh (Siddharth), Ashfaq Ulla Khan (Kunal Kapoor), Sukhdev (Sharman Joshi) and even a foe to play Ram Prasad Bismil (Atul Kulkarni).

The story begins with the young British filmmaker Sue (Alice Patten) stalking off her budget-hit job to India to make a film on the young revolutionaries who so impressed her grandfather, an angrezon ke zamaane ke jailor, with their calm in the face of imminent death. In Delhi, aided by Sonia (Soha Ali Khan), she runs into DJ (Aamir Khan), Karan (Siddharth), Sukhi (Sharman Joshi), Aslam (Kunal Kapoor). With them and the saffron-hued Laxman Pandey (Atul Kulkarni) who joins them later, she hopes to realize her dream of a making a film on Bhagat Singh, Chandrasekhar Azad, Rajguru et al.

Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra opens the cards at the very outset. Aliceís sequences at the start, right till her arrival in Delhi and conducting a screen-test, are intriguing. But the film actually gets a push the moment the focus shifts to the five friends.

If one has to compare the musical score of 'Rang De Basanti' with last Aamir-Rehman combo 'Mangal Pandey', then RDB is a clear winner hands down. Though 'Mangal Pandey' may have been a bigger investment in terms of cost, time and grandeur, when it comes to the kind of music that may be liked by today's generation, it is RDB that turns out to be a better fit.

Aamir Khan to deliver yet another astounding performance in RANG DE BASANTI and he does, but itís not Aamir alone that you applaud in the film. Of course, Aamir gets into the skin of the character and delivers a knockout performance from start to end, but the film has more gems when it comes to performances: Siddharth [excellent], Atul Kulkarni [fantastic], Soha Ali Khan [a complete revelation; efficient], Kunal Kapoor [natural] and Sharman Joshi [powerful].

On the whole, RANG DE BASANTI will have its share of advocates and adversaries.

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