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 is inspired by the Hindi play Court Martial by Swadesh Deepak and is loosely based on the 1992 Tom Cruise starrer courtroom drama A Few Good Men.
|Directed by||Samar Khan|
|Produced by||Haresh Dayani|
Kay Kay Menon|
Set in the context of the Kashmir conflict in Jammu and Kashmir, the film revolves around the court-martial of an Indian Army officer (a Muslim) for shooting dead his superior officer (a Hindu). During the court martial, the circumstances leading up to the fratricidal murder are gradually revealed.
Major Siddhant Chaudhary (Rahul Bose) is a lawyer in the Indian Army. He is given an assignment to act as defence lawyer for Captain Javed Khan (Deepak Dobriyal), who is facing Court Martial for killing his superior officer, Major Rathod (Pankaj Tripathi). The accused is mysteriously silent and not willing to talk about the incident. Siddhant, as 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 the events leading up to the murder and his resulting courtroom conflict with Brigadier Rudra Pratap Singh (Kay Kay Menon), who was the commanding officer for both the victim and the murderer.
It is revealed that Major Rathod, while conducting a search operation in a village, roughed up a Muslim villager, accidentally causing the villager's death. He then threatened the villager's daughter with dire consequences is she complained or made any fuss. Enraged and fearing for the girl's life, Capt. Javed Khan shoots his brother officer dead on the spot. Brigadier Rudra Pratap Singh is not even present on the scene of the crime, but the film lays the blame for everything at his door. The logic (according to the film) is that the Brigadier is a Muslim-hating bigot, and his attitude created an atmosphere of callousness towards Muslims among his subordinate officers. It also supposedly caused Capt. Javed Khan to feel (justifiably) alienated and gave him a perpetual sense of grievance. Further, Brigadier Singh always provided dependable support and protection for his subordinate officers, which created a sense of impunity among officers of his regiment. Therefore Major Rathod felt emboldened to rough up the villager (accidentally causing death) and threaten his daughter. Therefore, it is all the Brigadier's fault, although he was not even present at the scene of the incidents. The film reveals at the end that the Brigadier became a Muslim-hating bigot after his mother, wife and eight-year-old daughter were killed inside their home by a Muslim fanatic.
The movie ends with a courtroom climax where Capt. Javed Khan is acquitted of all charges and given back his honor, as a result of which he is back in service with full rank and respect, despite having shot dead his superior officer. The justification for the acquittal is that the dead officer had performed an illegal act which had been rightly opposed by his subordinate officer, Capt. Javed Khan. 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 only average business at the box-office.
- Kay Kay Menon as Brigadier Rudra Pratap Singh
- Rahul Bose as Major Siddhant Kumar 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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