Director: Anil Sharma
Producer: Anil Sharma
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Kapil Sharma, Naghma, Sandali Sinha Divya Khosla, Ashutosh Rana, Govind Namdeo and Danny Dengzongpa
Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyon is the story of Major General Amarjeet Singh (Amitabh Bachchan) is a retired officer of the Indian Army. His son Vikramjit Singh (Bobby Deol) who was in the Indian Navy dies during the 1971 war for Bangladesh, when his ship capsizes during the batteafter being hit by torpedoes. Amarjeet Singh wants Kunal - the son of Vikramjit and his wife (Naghma) to be in the armed forces. Kunal grows up to be Bobby Deol again. But Kunal does not like being where he is. He would rather shed the uniform and go to the United States of America and indulge in business. But Kunal is in the army at the moment and serving the country. His friend in the army Trilok Singh (Kapil Sharma) and a doctor (Sandali Sinha) try and advice him, but of not much avail. One day, while participating at the desert festival at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, he sees a beautiful girl Shweta (Divya Khosla) whom he falls in love with. But he then realises that Shweta is married to another army officer Rajiv Singh (Akshay Kumar) who is missing in action. He then proposes to Shweta, who accepts his proposal because Rajiv had asked her to remarry if he didn't return from the border while fighting Pakistan. Rajiv had been captured and made a POW in Pakistan but somehow escapes after two years from the clutches of Ashfaqullah Khan (Danny Dengzongpa) with the help of a Pakistani soldier. Rajiv returns to his wife just after Shweta has acccepted Kunal's proposal. When Kunal returns, he is a different person - for a few reasons. Trilok had been killed while fighting the enemy. Kunal and his company capture the Tigri Post which overlooks the route to the Amarnath Yatra (an important pilgrimage for the Hindus in the state of Jammu and Kashmir) which the militants are slated to attack, and Kunal gets a bravery award which is rightfully Trilok's. He also sees that Shweta now belongs to Rajiv. Kunal now has a new mission - to prove himself. But his grandfather Amarjeet Singh, is not happy with his demeanour and wants him to quit the army and even shoots him in his knee to prevent him from further taking part in the security process of the Amarnath Yatra. But a few elements in Pakistan and Kashmir do not want peace though Amarjeet is trying his best. Will Rajiv and Amarjeet be able to save the pilgrims in the yatra? Will Kunal be able to redeem himself. Will he find his true love? If we told you that this is a pure commerical fim, will you be able to guess the end? The film starts off well and as you start enjoying the journey, it suddenly decelerates and leaves you thinking what on earth is happening. The film infact leaves a bad taste in your mouth. One actually thought that Indian film-makers had stopped hitting out at Pakistan in their films, but AB TUMHARE HAWALE WATAN SATHIYO takes you back to the days when abusing your neighbour would instantaneously draw claps. In today's times, when the two nations are trying their best to bury the ugly past and make a new beginning, a film like AB TUMHARE HAWALE WATAN SATHIYO only re-opens old wounds. Performance-wise Amitabh Bachchan is simply outsanding. Bobby Deol as the father and son is very good. Akshay Kumar is also good. Sandali Sinha has matured and it shows in her performances. Rest of the cast lend able support. Cinematography [Kabir Lal] is outstanding. The lensman captures the various colors in the story to perfection. Action scenes [Tinu Verma] are well handled. Editing [Ballu Saluja] is loose. The editor should've used the scissors sharply. The music of the film is worth a mention. Anu Malik seems to have worked hard on some tracks in the film, but these songs will again suit the front benchers more. Overall not an entertaining film.