Only one film old director then, Farhan Akhtar gave the Bollywood industry one of its best Indian war movies in Lakshya. However, it would be unjust to class it under the war film genre as it goes beyond. Set on the backdrop of Kargil war, the story deals in and unravels one of the much worthy characteristics of human nature. Justifying its name, the story unfolds the maturing of an aimless, confused youth hailing from the well to do strata of the society into a highly responsible and ardent soldier of the country whose steady aim and unwavering valour adds to the strength of a tough mission and finally into its success.
Lakshya also, though partly, tells the story of a young woman with great focus and defining objectives in life. She is the one who triggers the instigations in the man to achieve. While Romila Dutta (Preity Zinta) is the flag-bearer of the kind who are focused in life from the very outset; Karan Shergill (Hrithik Roshan) represents that class of youth of the modern world who have enough potential but little objective or target and therefore are in serious danger of going ashtray. Veteran actors, Amitabh Bachchan , Om Puri, Boman Irani, Amrish Puri (in a special appearance), fill in their respective roles beautifully. Each having been used to just the right amount as the story demands, neither less nor more.
Shot in one of the most picturesque regions of India, there was little chance of going wrong in the frames. Yet director Farhan Akhtar chose to appoint German cinematographer Christopher Popp and took care of the details to the T. With quite strong a flavour of realism in the action scenes, Lakshya made a mark in Indian film history by capturing crane shots from an altitude of 18000ft.
However, Farhan’s Lakshya took long to reach its targeted success. After around a decade of its release, it is listed as one of the best and most praised films; even a ground breaking film in Bollywood history. Back in 2004, the year of its release, the film did quite poorly on the box office. Yet it feels excellent to know that its director had unwavering faith in his creation right from the onset of its journey. Ultimately, Lakshya is a good story, well written and brilliantly told. With a 7.9 IMDb rating and sensitive and sensible musical scores, Lakshya is a multi watcher.
Director: Farhan Akhtar
Producers: Ritesh Sidhwani