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Aar Ya Paar: All you should know about this Bollywood movie

by Ratan Srivastava
Aar Ya Paar

Ketan Mehta helmed Aar Ya Paar, a 1997 Bollywood mystery crime thriller movie. Jackie Shroff, Deepa Sahi, Ritu Shivpuri, Kamal Sidhu, as well as Paresh Rawal appear in the movie. Viju Shah composed the music. The film was partly shot in Italy and is based on Agatha Christie’s 1967 novel Endless Night and James Hadley Chase’s 1954 novel The Sucker Punch.

Shekhar Khosla (Jackie Shroff) is a poor playboy, an alcoholic, as well as an accounts executive. He does have an on-again, off-again relationship with Julie, a cabaret dancer (Ritu Shivpuri).

His employer urges him to better oneself one day and gives them Veena Sanghvi (Kamal Sidhu), a multi-million rupee customer, and wants him to nurture and deepen the connection with her. Shekhar meets Veena, seduces her, and marries her whilst having affairs opposite Anu Chauhan, Veena’s personal secretary (Deepa Sahi). Veena threatens to divorce him if she finds out more about the affair.

Shekhar is unaware of will. Shekhar and Anu then devise a plan to assassinate her.

They succeed in carrying out this plan, with both the police deciding her death as unintentional. Shekhar discovers that Anu wasn’t in love with him. To complicate things worse, the cops have proof that connects him to his wife’s death.
40 Retakes: Bollywood Classics You Might Have Missed, by Avijit Ghosh, includes the film.
Viju Shah created the soundtrack for the film. Maya Govind, Indivar, Nitin Raikwar, and Rani Malik wrote this song. Venus Records & Tapes Pvt. Ltd. published the music.

Movie Review-

Ketan Mehta’s underappreciated thriller, clearly based on a famous James Hadley Chase novel. Jackie Shroff played an anti-hero in Aar Ya Paar, who married a richie rich sanki woman (Kamal Siddhu) for her riches and afterwards plans to murder her with the assistance of her beautiful secretary Deepa Sahi. The plot is carried out, but owing to his previous lover Ritu Shivpuri, things go bad. So, what’s next?

Jackie, nicknamed Jaggu Dada, was fantastic as the philandering anti-hero. That’s one of his finest performances, but it’s mostly overlooked. Deepa Sahi was as impressive in her challenging part, and she appeared stunning in a bikini. Kamal Siddhu and Ritu, but on the other side, are poor casting choices.

In a minor but pivotal part as ACP Khan, Paresh Rawal made an impression. The directing of Mehta Saahab was excellent. Viju Shah’s soundtrack was especially remarkable, including a song shot in Venice, Italy.

Aar Ya Paar did not perform well at the box office while being a well-executed tight thriller. The audience really can not believe the main character was a monster who murdered his own wife. However, the movie is still enjoyable to watch now and may be considered a forerunner to Sriram Raghavan’s neo-noir thrillers such as Johnny Gaddar (2007) and Andhadhun (2009). 

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