Director: Sanjay Gupta
Producer: Sanjay Dutt
Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Anil Kapoor, Sameera Reddy, Koena Mitra, Mahesh Manjrekar and Aditya Panscholi
If you want to watch violence, mahem, sex, deceit and all the other mean and disgusting things then Musafir is your film. The film has been loaded with sex, there is a lot of skin on view and sex is used as a window display to sell the film - bodies in bikinis everywhere, loads of kissing and bedroom lines etc. There is no story to the film at all and after you are out of the theatre you are totally confused and angry. The film portrays the dark side of Lucky (Anil Kapoor), a man who has had his fair share of problems in life. He has moved from various orphanages to juvenile delinquent homes when he was a young lad. Not being able to keep a steady job at a younger age, Lucky got involved in petty crimes which led to many short term jail sentences. Fed up of living a dishonest life, Lucky wants a new beginning. He wants to start afresh and dreams of buying a small plot of land in Bangalore where he will raise his family. But before he could ride happily into the sunset with his girlfriend Tara (Koena Mitra) who is bar dancer, Lucky decides to take on one last con-job which will set him up for life. But just 24 hours later, he is betrayed by his girlfriend. His life is targeted by a drug lord (Sanjay Dutt) which leads to the death of his three partners. So to save himself from the clutches of death, Lucky has to carry out an assignment on behalf of the mafia. What follows next is a roller coaster ride for this traveller who pulls off the deal with a group of Israelis. He is chased by a mysterious female (Sameera Reddy) with an ubiquitous past. In the process he somehow manages to lose the money which he got from the deal. As if that is not enough, he is chased by a police officer (Aditiya Pancholi) who is hot on his trail. But all is not lost for this distressed young man. He is offered another deal involving the same amount for a contract killing. The film is almost similar to the storylines of the flop Danger and the still unreleased Paanch. The only difference is that in the earlier two films all the characters were negative. Here you see some positivity in Anil Kapoor and Sameera Reddy's characters. Sanjay Dutt has a couple of positive scenes in the film including the climax. "Musafir" isn't a pleasant film to watch and definitely does not encourage healthy family viewing. Gupta's characters make you uncomfortable. Watching them go through their monstrously mercantile motions you wonder what sort of minds have conceived such fictional lives. The dialogues are sometimes really good. The funny lines help the film move and Mahesh Manjrekar's character has the best lines in the film. Manjrekar has a few good scenes in the film as well and he enacts them with ease. Koena Mitra as Anil's bar dancer girlfriend Tara gets better showcase for her body than she got in Ramgopal Varma?s Road. Anil Kapoor does well. He has all the women in the film. And he does a good job with them and his look as well. Sanjay Dutt shows that he is very good at playing the bad guy. Aditya Panscholi delivers a powerhouse performance. Sanjay Gupta has shot and edited his film well. The cinematography is thrilling, the fights too are sensational, the performances are terrific, but thats not what the public wants. One just hoped that Gupta had a better story to tell.