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Aan - Men At Work
Producer: Firoz A. Nadiadwala
Director: Madhur Bhandarkar
Starring: Shatrughan Sinha, Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Paresh Rawal, Raveena Tandon, Preeti Jhangiani, Lara Dutta, Jackie Shroff, and Irfan Khan
Music: Anu Malik
Lyrics: Sameer, Dev Kohli, Tejpal Kaur
Genre: Drama
Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Film Released on: 04 June 2004
Reviewed by: Shruti Bhasin  - Rating: 7.0 / 10
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It seems that films about cops are being made in a surplus. Filmmakers are trying to show the true and honest policemen at work. In the past, we’ve had some good films made on cops: Shool, Gangaajal, Kurukshetra, and the most recent Khakee.

I’ve heard people say that all cop films are alike? Wrong! Each filmmaker has a different perception of the real world. Aan (meaning PRIDE in english), is a good film, but not without some flaws.

We have 4 cops working in the Mumbai Crime Branch: Hari Om Parnaik, D.C.P. Crime Detection (Akshay Kumar); Vikram Singh, Sr. Inspector (Shatrughan Sinha); Appa Kadam Nayak, Sub Inspector Encounter Specialist (Suniel Shetty); and finally Khaled Ansari, Head Constable (Paresh Rawal).

Now, every coin has two sides. In films, we’ve seen the portrayal of cops on two sides as well: HEADS (cops walk with their heads held high to protect the Janta), and TAILS (cops are corrupt and wag their tails to higher authority dons or ministers). This movie has to do with the usual, cops fighting bad guys and in the end, justice. Is it boring? No, but I expected a more gritty drama from Madhur Bhandarkar who made Chandni Bar and Satta.

The film introduces Hari Parnaik coming to the Mumbai Crime Branch to set things right. Hari, along with his 3 other counterparts, must stop the evil trio: a big businessman, Walia (Jackie Shroff); a home minister, Manik Rao; and a don, Pathan (Irfan Khan). We got some other bad guys too like Rahul Dev.

The film is basically about cops getting the bad guys. There is nothing new about the script, but you are glued to the screen. The action sequences are impressive and some scenes will leave a lasting impression due to an above average script.

The film is no Khakee, but it is still engaging. I got to give props to the director for making a commercial film, but we were used to being hit by his bold themes. Frankly, you expect more from the final product.

The show belongs to Akshay Kumar. He continues to improve with each film and he holds the movie together. Suniel Shetty is excellent in his part. Paresh Rawal is reliable and funny. Shatrughan Sinha’s role leaves much to be desired, especially since he returns to the big screen after a long time. Out of the villains, Irfan Khan stood out.

Music by Anu Malik is average with the Dilbar Se Dilbar and item numbers being the cream of the crop. The film might’ve had a bigger impact if there was no music.

Another drawback of the film was the romantic tracks with Akshay and Lara Dutta. It seems forced into the script and slows the pace. Other supporting cast members get no room to shine.

Recommendation to Madhur Bhandarkar: a decent attempt to make an entertaining film, but we expected so much more. Return to your roots for the next film!

Recommendation for the audience: definitely worth watching. Don’t forget the popcorn! Enjoy!

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