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Producer: Sahara India Mass Communication Ltd.
Director: Ashok Pandit
Starring: Sheen, Tarun Arora, Raj Babbar, and Anoop Soni
Music: Nadeem-Shravan
Lyrics: Sameer
Genre: Social
Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Film Released on: 07 May 2004
Reviewed by: Shruti Bhasin  - Rating: 4.5 / 10
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Here we go! An issue related to Kashmir, but wait, not the same thing again! This time around, we are spared a little bit and the viewers get a chance to learn about the plight of Kashmiri Pandits. The idea is interesting but the execution is flat.

The movie tends to get lost with the main topic and the main characters of the film. The film begins with the introduction of Sheen (introducing Sheen, very original) and Mannu (Tarun Arora, recently seen in Hawas). Sheen has been shot and Mannu brings her to the hospital. We are taken on a flashback . . .

They are both in love and things are hunky-dorey until the Kashmiri pandits are forced to become refugees in their own country. This track is one of the most interesting in the film, because you can well imagine if someone forced you out of your house, even though you had a right to live there, is hard to believe and digest. The area commander in Kashmir Valley, Shaukat (Anoop Soni), is given the mission: OPERATION TOPAK. This mission is given to all the “holy warriors”, in order to kill the pandits because they are infidels who promote peace, love, and non-violence.

The director of the film, Ashok Pandit manages to handle some scenes with professionalism and even shock the viewer on the real life tragedy of the Kashmiri folk. The audience has been seeing films based on Kashmir for the last few years, with many more to come. What makes Sheen worth a watch? It’s not Sheen, or Mannu, but its Raj Babbar. He plays the role of Pandit Amarnath, who becomes one of the only few people not to be scared by threats to leave his ancestor’s land. What drives him to leave will certainly make you sit up. .

I was disgusted to see that these so-called “holy warriors” killed innocent people in the name of their God and freedom. Some of these warriors are brainwashed to believe they are fighting a war, rather than creating one that has nothing but destruction. Its not until they face their own destruction do they realize the consequences of their actions. 

Director Ashok Pandit would’ve succeeded if he had not named the film Sheen. Frankly, the film would’ve been a better product if it did not have a love story. Just when the story begins to unfold, we are forced to watch dream sequences in songs. Music by Nadeem-Shravan is tuneless and lyrics by Sameer are boring.

Dialogues by Raman Kumar stand out, especially when Raj Babbar’s character goes to Geneva for a conference to talk about terrorism in Kashmir.

In terms of performances, Tarun Arora had a stronger character development in Hawas and is wasted in Sheen. The new actress, Sheen makes an average debut. She has innocent looks, but I am not sure if she’ll make it in Bollywood. Anoop Soni plays his role with confidence that you truly hate his character. The real star of the film is Raj Babbar. By far, he has put in one of his best acting in this role. Unfortunately, since the film has already flopped, this underrated performance will go unnoticed. I would definitely nominate him for Best Supporting Actor.

Overall recommendation: Sheen is worth watching once, but the ending is incomplete, so even if you avoid the film, it’s understandable. Not recommended for children at all.

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