Movie poster for Shaurya
|Directed by||Samar Khan|
|Produced by||Haresh Dayani|
|Written by||Samar Khan
Kay Kay Menon
|Music by||Adnan Sami|
Shaurya (Hindi:?????;English: Valor) is a 2008 Bollywood movie directed by Samar Khan, starring Rahul Bose, Kay Kay Menon, Javed Jaffrey and Minissha Lamba. This film is based on the play, A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin, although this isnt acknowledged in the movie. Music in the film is by pop singer, Adnan Sami. Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan, who is better known for his acting, is the narrator in this movie.
The movie revolves around the court-martial of a Muslim officer, Javed Khan, in the Indian army for shooting his commanding officer and is set against the backdrop of the Kashmir Conflict in Northern India. Rahul Bose (Maj. Siddhant Chaudhary) is assigned to be Javed Khan's defence lawyer, and the story revolves around his investigations in the circumstances leading up to the shooting.
Maj. Siddhant Chaudhary (Rahul Bose) and Maj. Akash Kapoor (Javed Jaffrey) are lawyers in the Indian army and are close friends. They are on opposite sides of a case where a soldier kills his commanding officer. The accused is mysteriously silent and not willing to talk about the incident. Siddhant, who is the defense counsel, is apathetic at first but starts taking a keen interest in the case after meeting Kavya (Minissha Lamba), a journalist who demonstrates that the case is not as simple as it seems. The underlying theme in the movie is Siddhant's gradual understanding of what Shaurya means (his father was himself a decorated army veteran), and the resulting conflict with Brigadier Rudra Pratap Singh (Kay Kay Menon).
On its release several critics were severely critical of Khan's "ripping-off" A Few Good Men, calling the movie "A Few Hindoo'd Men", it was also criticized for its simplistic handling of communal and security issues . However, most critics praised the performances of the lead actors, in particular Deepak Dobriyal and Kay Kay Menon, and acknowledged the film's noble intentions . The film did average business at the box-office.
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