Ram Gopal Varma ki Aag - Notepad

wogma rating: Switch channels if it's on cable (?)
quick review:

Every frame reeks of self-obsessed director mercilessly butchering the original. The characters are not etched out at all and have plain bad dialogues. It is sad to think of Babban as Amitabh Bachchan instead of the other way around. Others are all pretty bad too. The villain of the movie is the cameraman. Just because some person got a camera, why should the audience suffer a headache!? Bahut na-insaafi hai...



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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Warning: this section has some details that could distort your experience while watching the movie. I strongly recommend reading this only after you have seen the movie or if you have decided not to see it.

Plot Summary

Narsimha (Mohanlal) wants to avenge the injustice done to him by Mumbai's underworld don, Babban (Amitabh Bachchan). He hires Heero (Ajay Devgan) and Raj (Prashant Raj) to do the honours.

What Worked

  • Though out of place in the Bombay heat, the bonfire transition looked very cool and was done well.
  • The scene in which Narsimha's fingers are being cut. Even though you know exactly what is going to happen, the anxiety is brought upon well. Incidentally, this is one of the few scenes in which the camera movements are minimum.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Rajpal Yadav's voice modulation - ineffective and rather pointless.
  • Why exactly do Heero and Raj agree to work for the police?
  • A wall breaks in the first action sequence. The falling stone bricks that fall look obviously like card-board blocks falling to sound effects.
  • The title card used to show passage of time in the jail - what a lame attempt at comedy!?
  • When Babban did not want to kill Narsimha, why did he organize such a bad accident for him? How could he be sure Narsimha wouldn't die in the accident?
  • The sets were quite awful. Especially, Babban's hangout places.
  • This time around Urmila Matondkar has an excuse for not looking good. They forgot to take her face pack off.
  • The lip-synching in "mehbooba" was very bad. It didn't look like Urmila and Abhishek were singing at all.
  • Why is Babban waiting for someone to get out of Kalikunj. In a city like Mumbai, there must be so many people leaving their residential area everyday.
  • The whole disinterest created by the movie. In a supposedly sensitive scene, we could hardly hear the dialogues because the entire audience was having loud conversations.
  • What was the dialogue writer's attraction towards Americans and the Al-Qaeda? There were at least 4 references to them


This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • Only Narsimha has a South Indian accent in his family. His brother and father speak Hindi without the accent
  • Where does Deviji (Sushmita Sen) come from into Heero and Raj's room? And why is she there?
  • Since when has Mumbai weather warranted bonfires and shawls in broad daylight?
  • Did Deviji go to her clinic in her holi-colored dress?
  • Babban digging his nose was just out of place and unnecessary.