Revisiting Ajay Devgn’s debut Phool Aur Kaante on his birthday: Predictable, yet a perfect Bollywood potboiler


One point out of Phool Aur Kaante and all of us consider Ajay Devgn break up standing on two bikes, blowing kisses to women whereas coming into his faculty. Hands down, this nonetheless stays the most effective introduction scenes in Bollywood. Devgn might need confirmed us variations of the identical in his later movies (on automobiles and horses), however this was particular. It was his launch pad, and that was his entry into potential stardom.

Released in 1991, Phool Aur Kaante is a quintessential 90s Hindi movie, and its blockbuster songs have been a a part of each 90s youngsters’ growing-up years “Maine Pyaar Tumhi Se Kiya Hai”, “Tumse Milne Ko Dil Karta Hai” and “Dheere Dheere Pyar Ko Badhana Hai”. I’m no exception, however as I revisited the film on Ajay Devgn’s birthday at the moment, I used to be in for a few surprises.

Ajay Devgn walked into Bollywood in what might be listed as one of the iconic entry scenes, in his debut movie Phool Aur Kaante.

The movie is full of themes that we will simply categorise as repressive at the moment. A university romance would at all times start with stalking and scheming, with lecturers encouraging you to offer the “boy one chance”. After all, he’s cute! To re-watch Phool Aur Kaante in 2021 comes with a wholesome facet serving of cringe.

Phool Aur Kaante marked the debut of not simply Devgn, but additionally Madhoo (who performs Pooja) in Hindi movies. The film’s first half revolved round Devgn forcing Madhoo to fall in love with him. For this, he follows her in every single place, paints her room with “Ajay loves Pooja” and even hijacks the school announcement microphone to specific his ‘love’ for her. What ought to have gotten him a few years behind bars as a substitute has the woman saying sure to him and pleased matrimony follows.

In the second half, Devgn (Ajay) tries to show across the crime empire of his don father (Amrish Puri) as his scion, as a result of he needs to guide a peaceable life. In the midst, there’s kidnapping of his and Madhoo’s son by a rival gang. Will Puri negotiate between his enterprise and his household, or will Ajay find yourself strolling the trail of his father, types the core of the story.

ajay devgn amrish puri madhoo phool aur kaante Ajay Devgan, Madhoo and Amrish Puri in a nonetheless from Phool Aur Kaante. (Photo: Express Archives)

The movie is loaded with stereotypes and I did giggle at many. One of the villains’ identify is Rocky. There’s a comic-romantic monitor between two faculty professors. The woman succumbs to the man’s “love” after he threatens suicide. The gangster father spills dialogues straight out of a Bollywood e book of dons. Madhoo’s typical bahu act put up marriage is, properly, hilarious.

Phool Aur Kaante’s plot is very predictable. The movie would have been one other forgettable 90s masala combine if it wasn’t for its excessive octane motion, a one in every of its form again then.

Needless to say, Ajay Devgn’s father and veteran motion director of Bollywood, Veeru Devgan saved the very best stunts and punches for his son’s debut movie. Phool Aur Kaante set the tone of Ajay Devgn’s profession as an motion star for a number of years, till he diversified his craft and tried palms at comedy, drama and romance with Golmaal, Ishq, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Raincoat, Raajneeti, Omkara and others.

Phool Aur Kaante is a very trendy movie for its occasions. The outfits of actors completely match the style of laces and skirts and excessive waist pants. Adding to the allure is Ajay Devgn and Madhoo’s harmless appears to be like. I believe they suited their characters, younger, uncooked and charming, because the digital camera lavishly performs with the close-ups of their eyes and facial expressions.

Its music had the standard Nadeem-Shravan contact, with our favorite singers of the 90s, Kumar Sanu, Anuradha Paudwal, Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik, all coming collectively for its album. Growing up on its tracks was therefore, anticipated.

Phool Aur Kaante completes 30 years in November this 12 months. That certainly makes us, me, really feel tad previous. But given its journey throughout three a long time, Phool Aur Kaante doesn’t really feel as dated as I anticipated it to be. It was simply the perfect launch of an actor, with perfect songs, perfect motion, and naturally, perfect plot, at the very least for the 12 months it launched in.

I gained’t be stunned if somebody declares a remake of Phool Aur Kaante. Though I hope not. The unique one is monotonous and predictable, yet particular.


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