Director: Vipul Shah
So far as it inaugurates, along with 16 December, the season of hardboiled Bollywood, Aankhen is a move in the right direction. For too long, the last six to eight years to be precise, mush has had an unchallenged run, leading to severe impairment of the traditional Bollywood gumption. Suddenly there is something new in the air—the summer line-up boasts of Company, Paanch, Kaante and Haasil, films which promise to bring back the heady days of Indian machismo.
Yet Aankhen shows where the new masters of violence might falter. It begins with the exploits of a bank manager termed dangerous by the staff—the man, Amitabh Bachchan, is obsessed with work and the institution, to the point of physically assaulting employees who fall out of line. The scene where he does so starts with the manager...