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Vishwatma is a 1992 Indian action thriller film directed by Rajiv Rai and starring Sunny Deol, Naseeruddin Shah, Chunky Pandey, Sonam and Divya Bharti in her Hindi film debut. The film was a Hit at the box office.[1] The music of the film was very successful, especially the song "Saat Samundar", which became a favorite and gave Divya Bharti the limelight in Bollywood.[2][3][4][5][6]The Muhurut shot for the film was done on 8th March 1990.

Vishwatma
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Directed byRajiv Rai
Produced byGulshan Rai
StarringSunny Deol
Naseeruddin Shah
Chunky Pandey
Sonam
Divya Bharti
Jyotsna Singh
Amrish Puri
Narrated byNaseeruddin Shah
Music byViju Shah
CinematographyRomesh Bhalla
Edited byNaresh Malhotra
Distributed byTrimurti Films Pvt. Ltd.
Release date
  • 24 January 1992 (1992-01-24)
Running time
181 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

PlotEdit

Prabhat Singh (Sunny Deol) is an honest and dedicated police officer, but he usually has no time for his family and due to this, his father is constantly at loggerheads with him.

Prabhat's father believes in peace and opposes bloodshed /disturbance in his country. Prabat is now placed on a mission to apprehend the most dreaded crime Lord "Ajgar Jurrat" (Amrish Puri), who currently lives in Kenya but operates in India.

Things take a turn for the worse when Prabhat kills Ajgar's brother in an encounter.

An angered Ajgar abducts and kills Prabat's young school-going brother. Prabhat's family is devastated and his father blames him for his brother's death and to show his distress, Prabhat's father disowns him from the family. Prabhat moves to a remote corner of a distant village in India after his dad disowns him.

Meanwhile, one of Ajgar's men - Mr. Madan - turns against him and threatens to turn him into the police ASAP. Fearing an arrest warrant, Ajgar has Madan Bhardwaj (Mangal Dhillon) killed on the night of his wedding. After that, Ajgar's son rapes Madan's wife, leaving her traumatised. Thus, Madan's brother Akash Bhardwaj (Chunky Pandey) swears revenge on Ajgar.

Later on, Ajgar flees to Kenya and it's almost impossible to bring him back to India in order to try him in court. So, the police commissioner (Dalip Tahil) decides to approach Prabhat as he is the only one who can achieve the impossible.

After seeing the necessity of the situation (Madan's murder etc.), Prabhat's dad also changes his mind and decides to apologize for disowning Prabhat, and to make amends, he tries to persuade Prabhat to take on the mission to capture Ajgar and bring some justice.

Prabhat agrees to take on the mission but insists that Akash also join him, to which Akash agrees. These two join hands and take the next flight all the way to Kenya.

In Kenya, they find Madan's sister-in-law Renuka (Sonam), who's also on the same secret mission, so she helps them get nearer to Ajgar and offers them some more details on his whereabouts. She informs them that here Ajgar is a respected citizen in Kenya, so it is much harder to apprehend him, but Prabhat and Akash seek the help of an honest cop, Surya Pratap (Naseeruddin Shah) to apprehend Ajgar. Surya is reluctant to put Ajgar behind bars at first, but then Renuka informs Surya of the truth behind his wife's mysterious suicide — his wife had committed suicide due to none other than Ajgar's foolish and vile son who had tried to molest her.

When Surya learns that Ajgar's son was the reason behind his wife's untimely and tragic death, he confronts Ajgar but is captured. Prabhat and Akash rescue Surya and the three join hands in the mission to catch Ajgar and his team once and for all.

In the end, the mission is successful and romance begins: Akash falls in love with Ajgar's daughter Sonia (Jyotsna Singh) and Surya begins to love Renuka and becomes thankful for her timely information and astute help. Prabhat falls for the Indian girl whom he had met at his hometown in India who had followed him all the way to Kenya - Kusum (Divya Bharti) - She sang the song "Saat Samundar Paar" for Prabhat, in the nightclub. Prabhat finally returns back to India along with his friends - Surya and Akash and the captured criminal Ajgar. The couples Prabhat-Kusum, Surya-Renuka and Akash-Sonia finally unite and rejoice.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

After the mega-success of his 1989 film Tridev, Rajiv Rai decided to embark on another action-thriller with three main male leads and thus Vishwatma was conceived. Rai decided to go for a change of venue and planned to set much of the movie in Kenya. He wanted to cast the same three male leads as Tridev (Sunny Deol, Naseeruddin Shah, and Jackie Shroff). However, Jackie's son Tiger Shroff had just been born and his astrologer had advised him to not travel abroad for a year. Thus Rai, after considering launching Suniel Shetty, a personal friend, opted to cast Chunky Pandey instead of Shroff as one of the leads.[7]

Rai also reused many of the cast members from Tridev, including Amrish Puri as the main villain, and Raza Murad, Dalip Tahil, Tej Sapru, and Dan Dhanoa as the secondary villains. One main difference being that while Sharat Saxena played a negative role in Tridev, in this movie he had a positive role as the strict but comedic commissioner of Kenya police. Rai also included a short narration about the meaning of "Vishwatma" by Naseeruddin Shah in the movie, something that he had done with "Tridev" as well.

Much of the shooting of the film was done in Kenya's main cities of Mombasa and Nairobi. The song "Saat Samundar" was shot at the "Bubbles Discotheque", a very popular club in Nairobi in those days. The climactic car chase was shot on the open plains of the Masai Mara National Wildlife Reserve. Many of the beach scenes were shot in Mombasa's various beaches and beach hotels.[8]

The film also employs many Swahili phrases and words in its dialogue such as "Jambo" (Hello), "Mzuri sana" (Very nice), and "Mimi ni kubwa sana" (I am very big/great).

MusicEdit

After the success of the music of Tridev, everyone expected Viju Shah to conjure magic with this film. The soundtrack was well received, selling 2 million units and becoming the year's seventh best-selling Bollywood soundtrack album.[9] Its most popular song was "Saat Samundar Paar", written by Anand Bakshi and rendered by Sadhna Sargam. The song uses a sample from the Pet Shop Boys song "Heart" (1988). "Saat Samundar Paar" continues to play on radio stations and at discothèques (remixed) 20 years later. The Vishwatma theme is copied from Enigma's Hallelujah with only the female humming as Viju Shah's input.It features playback singers Amit Kumar and Kumar Sanu (for Naseeruddin Shah), Alka Yagnik (for Jyostna Singh), Sadhana Sargam (for Divya Bharti),Udit Narayan (for Chunkey Pandey), Sapna Mukherjee (for Sonam) and Mohammad Aziz (For Sunny Deol).

For the 2014 movie Kick, the producer Sajid Nadiadwala bought the rights to the song "Saat Samundar" for Rs 1.5 crore. He did this to pay tribute to his late first wife Divya Bharti, on whom the song was picturized in Vishwatma. In Kick, the song plays in the background when Salman Khan is dancing in a disco.[10]

The other songs that got noticed when the film released were "Aankhon Mein Hain Kya", "Dil Le Gayi Teri Bindiya" and the title track. Sapna Mukherjee (who won her first Filmfare award with "Oye Oye — Tirchi Topi Wale" in Tridev) sang two tracks in this film, but could not re-create the Tridev magic. REMAKE Remix All the songs were penned by Anand Bakshi.

Track list
# Title Singer(s)
1 "Vishwatma' Naseeruddin Shah
2 "Aankhon Mein Hai Kya" Udit Narayan, Mohammad Aziz, Sadhana Sargam & Alka Yagnik
3 "Dil Le Gayi Teri Bindiya" Amit Kumar, Sapna Mukherjee, Mohammad Aziz & Udit Narayan
4 "Aadmi Zindagi" Mohammad Aziz
5 "Aadmi Zindagi II" Mohammad Aziz
6 "Toofan" Amit Kumar, Alka Yagnik, Sadhana Sargam, Sapna Mukherjee & Boney
7 "Saat Samundar Paar" (Part I) Sadhana Sargam
8 "Saat Samundar Paar" (Part II) Sadhana Sargam
9 "Saat Samundar Paar" (Part III) Udit Narayan & Jolly Mukherjee
10 "Dil Le Gaye Teri Bindiya" (Part-II) Kumar Sanu, Mohammad Aziz, Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam & Sapna Mukherjee

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 January 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Watch: Sara Ali Khan's dazzling performance on 'Saat Samundar Paar' - Times of India ►". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  3. ^ "What is the real name of Chunky Pandey?". Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Even Gulshan Grover didn't know that 'Saat Samundar Paar' is lifted from this English song". https://www.hindustantimes.com/. 23 January 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2018. External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ "Remembering Divya Bharti on her 25th death anniversary: The Bollywood diva who died too soon". 5 April 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  6. ^ Seta, Keyur. "5 songs that bring back memories of Divya Bharti: 25th death anniversary". Cinestaan. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  7. ^ https://www.cinestaan.com/articles/2017/jan/24/4004/25-years-of-vishwatma-how-chunky-pandey-replaced-jackie-shroff
  8. ^ http://www.filmapia.com/films/movies/v/vishwatma
  9. ^ "Music Hits 1990-1999 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  10. ^ https://www.cinestaan.com/articles/2017/jan/24/4004/25-years-of-vishwatma-how-chunky-pandey-replaced-jackie-shroff

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