- 2 hr 43 min
Bardaasht is a 2004 Indian action thriller directed by E. Nivas, starring Bobby Deol, Lara Dutta, Rahul Dev, and Ritesh Deshmukh. The film explores the themes of revenge, betrayal, and love. The story revolves around Aditya Shrivastav (Bobby Deol), a lieutenant in the Indian Navy, who is falsely accused of killing his commanding officer, Captain Javed Khan (Rahul Dev), during a rescue mission. Aditya is held responsible for disobeying orders and is court-martialed. He is dismissed from the Navy and sentenced to death.
In the meantime, Aditya's friend Shiva (Ritesh Deshmukh) tries to find evidence to prove Aditya's innocence. However, Shiva is murdered by Javed's brother-in-law, Raman (Gulshan Grover), who is a wealthy and influential businessman. Aditya's father (played by Om Puri) believes that his son is innocent and starts a campaign to seek justice for him. However, he is also killed by Raman.
Aditya's fiancÃ©, Payal (Lara Dutta), is shattered by the turn of events but is determined to help him. She teams up with a lawyer, Kartar Singh (Amrish Puri), who takes up Aditya's case and fights for justice. Soon they realize that the real culprits are Javed and Raman, who were involved in illegal arms trade and wanted to eliminate Aditya, who had stumbled upon their operation during the rescue mission.
The rest of the film follows Aditya and Payal's attempts to bring Javed and Raman to justice and clear Aditya's name. The two of them face many obstacles and dangers along the way but are determined to see the truth come out. The film ends on a suspenseful note with a thrilling finale.
Bardaasht is a well-made film that has a good mix of action, drama, and romance. Bobby Deol delivers a solid performance as the wrongly accused Aditya who is fighting to clear his name. Lara Dutta also shines as his supportive fiancÃ© Payal who is willing to go to any length to help him. Rahul Dev is impressive as the villainous Javed, while Ritesh Deshmukh and Om Puri leave a lasting impact in their brief roles.
The film's music, composed by Himesh Reshammiya, is also a standout feature. The songs "Humrahee" and "Jab Nahin Aaye The Tum" are particularly memorable and are still popular today.
Overall, Bardaasht is a gripping and engaging film that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. It is a must-watch for fans of Bollywood action thrillers.