(Last Updated on : 09/04/2014)
The Indian film, 'Lakshya' is a second film by Farhan Akhtar. After the success of 'Dil Chahta Hain' there was much expectation from the director and he fulfilled many of it successfully. The movie is written by Javed Akhtar and Karan Kashyap and starring Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Amitabh Bachchan, Om Puri, and Boman Irani. It is a fictional story based on the historical events of the 1999 Kargil Conflict. Farhan Akhtar serves a product that is exceptionally strong on form and high on production value. Farhaan Akhtar is one who has the skill to infuse realistic elements into a film without compromising on the entertainment value. In Farhaan's own words, 'Lakshya' is not about Kargil war. But it is a movie about a wayward young man finding direction and sense of purpose to his life. The movie's story deals with the 'maturing' of a confused son of an affluent businessman into a man with clear aim in life.
Synopsis of the Indian movie 'Lakshya'
The story of the Indian film 'Lakshya' focuses on the life of Karan Shergill played by Hrithik Roshan. As a child, Karan enjoys the luxuries of life, provided by his affluent parents. Although his circumstances should provide many advantages in life, Karan is surrounded by confusion about his future. He is a student in Delhi but still hasn't centered on his goal in life. He is a young man who has no actual goal in mind or plans for his future. He represents those urban youth in modern India, who have money but little ambition or purpose in their lives. His father is a businessman while his brother is a successful individual living in America, but Karan is roaming along. His girlfriend, Romi played by Preity Zinta is a student activist and reporter who espouses fashionable causes out of wellmeaning sincerity, tells him he needs to find a goal in life. Once his friend appeared in the MBA exam, Karan also appeared and same thing happened when a friend announces he is going to join the Army, Karan applies for the Indian Military Academy as well, and enrolls in the Indian Military Academy despite dissent from his parents.
Karan and Romi Dutta have been buddies since childhood. Now they very much look forward to be life companions. But Karan has yet to become self-dependent and choose a direction to his life. Without much pre-thought Karan joins the armed forces and goes for strict physical and mental training at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.
But the exhausting training sessions at the academy make him rethink his decision. He flees and returns home where he is scolded both by his father and beloved Romi. Differences in the opinion eventually separate Karan and Romi. As a matter of fact Romi breaks off their relationship. His father also expresses displeasure at his action, despite his mother urging him to join the family business. Karan finally comes to terms with his situation and decides to face his demons. He returns to the IMA, takes his punishment, and becomes a focused, disciplined cadet leader, graduating as a cadet officer.
Time passes on and Karan graduates from the academy and in the meantime Romi becomes a television journalist as well. When the two meet after years of gap, the shadow of war is looming on the borders of the country. And Karan, a key officer now, has only one aim clearly set before him i.e. to fight for his country
Lt. Karan which is the starting rank for all new commissioned officers in the Indian Army is posted to the 3rd Battalion of the Punjab Regiment, commanded by Col. Sunil Damle played by Amitabh Bachchan, and handles his responsibilities well. From an immature teenager to a mature officer, he finally decides the essence of his life or his goal i.e. 'Lakshya'. His Lakshya is now his unit's target and that is a mountain peak which is known to have been recently invaded by the Pakistani Army.
There is no denying that the battle scenes, and the special rock-climbing operation are brilliantly picturized. The research work gives the film its authenticity in commandable. This war surprisingly and suddenly adds one more goal to Karan's character and eventually after many stages of war Karan becomes successful to conquer the peak. Romi comes to the warfield to report on the incident and meets with Karan. She broke off her engagement with the other guy arranged by her mother. Romi and Karan become together and marry with their parent's consent.
Cast and Crew of the film 'Lakshya'
The star cast of the film includes Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Om Puri, Sharad Kapoor, Rajendranath Zutshi, Sushant Singh, Boman Irani, and Parmeet Sethi. The film is directed by Farhan Akhtar while producer is Ritesh Sidhwani. Screenplay is written by Javed Akhtar, and music in the film is given by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Cinematography is done by Christopher Popp.
Awards for 'Lakshya'
The Bollywood movie 'Lakshya' is an award-winning movie. The film has got many nominations in the filmfare award such as best actor, best director, best chorography, best story, and best cinematographer. Christopher Popp and Prabhu Deva Sundaram got filmfare best cinematographer and best choreographer awards respectively.