Shaurya (English: Valor) is a 2008 Indian courtroom drama film directed by Samar Khan, starring Kay Kay Menon, Rahul Bose, Javed Jaffrey, Deepak Dobriyal and Minissha Lamba. The film revolves around the court-martial of a Muslim soldier in the Indian Army for shooting his commanding officer. The film is set against the backdrop of the Kashmir conflict in Jammu and Kashmir, India. Major Siddhant Chaudhary (Rahul Bose) is assigned to be Javed Khan's defence lawyer, and the film depicts his investigations in the circumstances leading up to the shooting. The film is inspired by the Hindi play by Swadesh Deepak Court Martial and also, It is loosely based on the 1992 Tom Cruise starrer courtroom drama A Few Good Men.
|Directed by||Samar Khan|
|Produced by||Haresh Dayani|
|Written by||Samar Khan
|Starring||Kay Kay Menon
Major Siddhant Chaudhary (Rahul Bose) and Major Akash Kapoor (Javed Jaffrey) are lawyers in the Indian Army and are close friends. They are on opposite sides of a case where a soldier Captain Javed Khan (Deepak Dobriyal) kills his commanding officer Major Rathod (Pankaj Tripathi). The accused is mysteriously silent and not willing to talk about the incident. Siddhant, who is the defense counsel, is apathetic at first but starts taking a keen interest in the case after meeting Kavya (Minissha Lamba), a journalist who demonstrates that the case is not as simple as it seems. The underlying theme in the movie is Siddhant's gradual understanding of what Shaurya means (his father was himself a decorated army veteran), and the resulting conflict with Brigadier Rudra Pratap Singh (Kay Kay Menon). In the End, It is revealed that Maj. Rathod, while conducting a search operation in a village, roughed up and killed a villager, and threatened a little girl without any fear because he had backing from Brigadier Rudra Pratap Singh. Enraged and fearing for the girl's life, Capt. Javed shot him. The movie ends with a climax where eventually, Capt. Javed is acquitted of his charges and given back his honor, as a result of which, he is back in service with full ranks and respect and a criminal case is filed against Brigadier Rudra Pratap Singh.
The film was criticized for its simplistic handling of communal and security issues. However, most critics praised the performances of the lead actors, in particular Rahul Bose and Kay Kay Menon, and acknowledged the film's noble intentions. The film did average business at the box-office.
- Kay Kay Menon as Brigadier Rudra Pratap Singh
- Rahul Bose as Major Siddhant Chaudhary
- Javed Jaffrey as Major Akash Kapoor
- Deepak Dobriyal as Captain Javed Khan
- Minissha Lamba as Journalist Kavya Shastri
- Amrita Rao as Nirja Rathore (Major Rathore's widow)
- Seema Biswas as Mrs. Khan
- Pavan Malhotra as Army officer
- Aditya Lakhia as Army officer
- Jeneva Talwar as Nandani, Akash's fiance
- Denzil Smith as Brigadier P. P. V. Nair
- Subrat Dutta
- Pankaj Tripathi as Major Virendra Rathore
- Bikramjeet Kanwarpal as Colonel Inyat Khan
- "Dheere Dheere"
- "Ghabra Ke Dar Dar Ke"
- "Jaane Kyun Jaane Maan"
- "Dosti Kya Hai"
- "Ghabra Ke Dar Dar Ke"
- "Rome Total War" [Some of the music was copied from the Rome: Total War Game]
- Review: Shaurya
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