Cast: Aftab Shivdasani, Rahul Dev, Emraan, Bipasha
Basu, Aparna Tilak, Irfan Khan, Anupama Varma, Arif
Zakaria and Anup Soni
Art Director: Gappa Chakraborthy
Choreography: Raju Khan, Lollypop
Action Director: Abbas Ali Moghul
Editor: Akiv Ali
Dialogues: Girish Dhamija
Music: Nadeem Shravan
of photography: Pravin Bhatt
Writer: Mahesh Bhatt
Director: Vikram Bhatt
release date: 15th August 2003
story is about four childhood friends in Mumbai - Arjun
Singh (Aftab Shivdasani), Raghu Srivastav (Emraan Hashmi),
Shekhar Srivastav (Rahul Dev) and Sanjana (Bipasha Basu).
Raghu, Shekar and Sanjana are siblings. The story starts
with the boys trying to steal Pepsi bottles from a Pepsi
franchise van. Then father of Arjun Sign (a cab driver
by possession) is murdered by union guys. Raghu (at
the age of 10) reacts violently and stabs that union
leader on his back and kills him. Since the needle of
suspicion is turned on Arjun Singh, he is bundled into
a Delhi-bound train by his friends. The Srivastav brothers
turn in to leading drug peddlers in Mumbai city. Arjun
Singh becomes a real estate agent in New Delhi. Sanjana
stays in a separate place as she hates her brothers
doing illegal activities.
years later, Arjun Singh is confronted by a honest cop
who finally traces that the murderer of the union leader
is staying in New Delhi. He offers a deal to him for
avoiding imprisonment. All Arjun has to do is to go
back to Mumbai and meet the friends Raghu and Sekhar.
Then he should find out the real source of drugs by
joining their gang as police informer. In the process
Arjun would also get a chance to explain Raghu and Sekhar
about the perils of drugs to the community and mend
their ways. If Arjun Singh refuses to accept the offer
he would be sent to jail on the charge of murder and
his friends Raghu and Shekhar would be shot dead in
a fake encounter.
an act of betrayal to their friendship. But, since this
mission helps three of the friends in a direct way,
Arjun Singh accept the deal and is bundled back to Mumbai.
The rest of the story is all how what exactly transpires
in the relationships of these three friends.
Shivdasani: Aftab Shivdasani has got a wonderful
role that has scope to display lots of emotions. His
portrayal of a man who is betraying his friends for
their welfare is excellent. He enlivened the moments
in the climax of the film.
Hashmi: This debutant has done a commendable performance
of an emotional and short tempered guy. His histrionics
in the scene where comes to know that his friend Aftab
is a police informer are excellent.
Dev: Rahul Dev gave very controlled performance
of cold blooded don. He wore typical black suits in
Bipasha Basu is looking hot though she donned the role
of a traditional do-good girl. Her performance in the
emotional scene where she reveals to Aftab that she
is pregnant is good. Debutant Aparna Tilak is impressive
in the role of a teacher who mends the ways of Emraan.
Hotshot model Anupama Verma acted as the mistress of
The actors who donned the roles of honest cop, commissioner
of police and the mafia don (Sheik) have done full justice
to their work.
The basic storyline of this film has the shades of 'Angare'
made by Bhatt himself in the past. The basic story deals
with drug peddling issue in Mumbai - the commercial
capital of India. It also incorporates the bonds of
friendship and love. The basic storyline has got the
The 10 year old kids form a mafia gang and kill an
union leader. Then Arjun leaves Mumbai in the fear
of getting caught for a murder which he has not committed.
And he takes refuge in New Delhi. Its quite appalling
that the police traced the details of a 10 year old
kid and found him after 12 years. Is somebody punishable
at a age of 22 for a crime (that's too just a false
accusation) he has done when he was 10 years old.
Rahul Dev who killed his own brother Embraheem for
his career growth did not even tried to kill Aftab
in the climax when Aftab is foiling his Dubai flee
attempts and threatening to take him to police.
Immediately after Rahul Dev is shot dead by Aftab,
the honest cop comes to Aftab and shows him the newspaper
where it is printed that he exposed the kingpins behind
the drug peddling. At the same time, the cop (who
proved that the ultimate black sheep is none but the
police commissioner of Mumbai) did not try to catch
Rahul Dev and arrest him.
- Direction: Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt have
mastered the art of copying Hollywood mafia flicks and
adding Indian color to it with friendship and love bonds
and then inserting regular Hindi song-dialogue-baazi.
Vikram Bhatt has succeeded in getting a mafia feel for
this film. At the same time, he inserted the clichéd
formula of love and friendship. In the process, he lost
the balance in narration. However there are good moments
in the film. The dog's track and its bond with Emraan
is impressive. The characterization of 'Raghu Srivastav'
is also impressive.
Dialogues: Dialogues by Girish Dhamija are good.
There is one dialogue in the film that represents the
entire mission of Aftab which goes like 'Sometimes you
need to betray your friends in order to benefit them'.
Music work by Nadeem - Shravan is mediocre. Looks like
they have repeated the same old tunes they have been
scoring for Bhatt's films. This mediocre music sounds
more disappointing as there is no need for songs in
this mafia film. A song-less film (a la Ram Gopal Varma's
latest flicks Company, Bhoot and Darna Mana Hain) would
have been the right choice for 'Footpath'
Photography: Pravin Bhatt's camera work is ok.
He gave blue tinge to the film. But what makes this
film not-a-visually-exciting is the fact that 80% of
the film is taken in a south Mumbai street set erected
in a studio. If the narrative is gripping, the locations
does not matter. But if the film is getting boring at
times, the location redundancy set would add to vows
of the audiences.
half of the film is OK. But the second half is little
boring. This film is good in parts. The main drawback
of the film is the lack of entertainment. Its is a pretty
serious cinema. There is no humor (situational, lighter
vein or crude) in the film. Bhatt's who are riding high
with two consecutive successes in the form of Raaz and
Jism may find this film failing at the box office in
spite of low production cost.