Audacity International and Storm Enterprises are re-releasing Aamir Khan’s 1989 flick, Raakh, with digitally remastered prints, reports say.
Raakh was released on the heels of Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla’s blockbuster flick, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak.
The movie was largely ignored by most, except for really really die-hard fans with an appetite for off-beat films, a rarity in those days.
I have no doubt Raakh is being re-released because of the similarity of its storyline with Ghajini. Young man helpless to prevent a crime against his loved one, goes on a revenge spree after her death.
In Ghajini the love interest is murdered, and is lost to him, and in Raakh, she retreats from Aamir after a brutal gang rape.
The only difference in the characters is that the former is a hardened tycoon while the latter e is a vulnerable young man – practically a boy – with a fragile ego.
And why should Raakh not ride on the success of Ghajini? Those sold on Ghajini can get to see a lean, mean – and most importantly, young – Aamir Khan go after scum.
But whether a no-frills thriller like Raakh will find any takers today is questionable, especially those who liked Ghajini for its typical Tamil movie over-the-top drama.
But, such is Aamir Khan’s poularity right now that even his worst duds like Love Love Love or Tum Mere Ho, will do well if released now.
I do hope the movie is appreciated, if not for anything else, then for daring to try something different at a time when such a movie was doomed to fail at the box office.
Though I do not remember all the details of Raakh, I do remember that it hit the cinemas (and just a few of them) for a very short bit and disappeared before it even registered that it had been released.
Most of us watched Raakh on video, and were totally impressed by the performances and starkness of the film.
Perhaps if I watch it now, I may not feel the same, but then it was the kind of thriller you never saw in Hindi movies.
Raakh starred Supriya Pathak and Pankaj Kapur, Naina Balsawar, and Madhukar Toradmal.
The movie was produced by Asif Noor and directed by Aditya Bhattacharya. Raakh’s script was penned by Aditya Bhattacharya and Nuzhat Khan, Aamir Khan’s sister.
Aamir Khan was nominated for the Filmfare Best Actor award for Raakh, and also got a Jury mention at the National awards.
Pankaj Kapur and A Sreekar Anand picked up National awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Editing, respectively.
Raakh will be re-released on June 12, 2009.