Reviews of "RGV Ki Aag"

September 1st, 2007

After months of hype, controversy and court cases, Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag finally arrived in theaters this week. But this unofficial remake of the 70s masterpiece Sholay failed to convince critics. Going through media reports, I can say that Ramgopal Varma must be regretting his decision to remake Sholay.

“RGV Ki Aag” would go down as a dark spot on his resume and he will be embarrassed of it forever, and the worst is not over yet, his name is attached to the title of the movie which will definitely haunt him throughout his life.

Media Reports on “Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag”

It’s a mockery of Sholay. The direction is sloppy, the background noise is too loud, the songs are all flops and the acting is unremarkable. The only saving grace was Bachchan and Urmila Matondkar doing Mehbooba,Raj. We dozed off for a few minutes. We had a headache towards the end.
Writing out a review for Ramgopal Varma Ki Aag amounts to dignifying this third-rate film with a studied observation on its plot, its characters and its treatment. And believe me, that’s more thought and effort than the film’s director has put into it.Ramgopal Varma Ki Aag is actually a mockery of that timeless gem because it turns out to be everything that the original film was not – way-over-the-top, too-long-too-boring, and entirely mindless.
And so dear ladies and gentlemen, this Lifetime’s Worst Ever Movie Award goes to Ram Gopal Varma ki Aag, widely reported to be a remake of Sholay Jo Bhadke. The jury was unanimous in awarding it all its topis.. trophies.. whatever. So imagine, it is my privilege to call upon G P, Sasha, Ramesh and Kiran Sippy to hand over the topi to the producer-director who has literally opened up a can of Varmas. The Worst Film topi has been bagged hands and legs down by RGV who has made a mockery of a classic. May we request all the Misters Sippy to refrain from violence please?
It seems to me that Ram Gopal Varma doesn’t care. Whether you like him or his movies or abhor both to pieces, he doesn’t care.And so he’s boldly gone ahead and hit the axe on his once-celebrated creativity yet again. But this time he made sure everybody knows whose collar to pull by giving it an evidently ‘Hold-me-responsible’ title, Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag.
After months of hype, controversy and court cases, RGV Ki Aag finally arrived in theaters this week. Ramu has never been short on guts. He has played by his own rules and created space for his brand of distinctive cinema. In Aag, the spirit of Sholay has consumed the film and turned it into half-baked mess much like Linda Blair in The Exorcist. Thirty-two years after the original, the only improvement Ramu has managed is that he’s fleshed out the character of Sambha, here called Thambe and performed superbly by Sushant Singh.
The most-awaited part at the premiere of Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag was er… the interval. We say so because most of the action (off screen) called it quits during intermission time. The filmi janta made a beeline for the exit doors, and what’s more, most of them did not return when the film resumed. RGV wanted to create history. Well, he surely has. At no other premiere has the cast and crew simply walked out from the theatre in the past.
People booed at Abhishek Bachchan’s entry in the Mehbooba song, “Baap Kam tha kya, jo tu bhi aa gaya?” (Wasn’t your father enough!)


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  1. It was really good movie indeed. I really appreciate the way the movie has been made by Ramu. Cast is really impressive. i like the character ghungru ,hero & Raaj. These three are really amazing. Its an action packed movie with marvellous sound effect.People should’nt compare RGV ki AAG with sholay. RGV ki AAG & Sholay are two different things.All the songs have been directed well. The songs are worth listening.I Really enjoyed this movie.

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