Revisiting Hrithik Roshan’s Lakshya: An entertaining coming-of-age film


The film’s plotline revolves around the story of a man in his early twenties called Karan Sheirgill who is as aimless and carefree as The Catcher in the Rye’s Holden Caufield. The sequence is delivered perfectly by Hrithik, who chooses not to make a big dramatic moment out of it, thereby evoking laughter from the audience. In one act, Hrithik is asked by the commanding officer to demonstrate a certain military position, which he fails at miserably. A gentle but firm mix of romance, drama and patriotism — Lakshya does its job credibly, in turn giving us a wholesome story of a man-child who finally transforms into the person he had always looked for subconsciously. Preity Zinta in a still from Lakshya. However, it was delightful to see a genuine interaction take place between the characters of Boman and Hrithik. However, things take a turn when he decides to enlist in the army. The movie not only does comedy ably, but also gives us heartwarming moments that we don’t see frequently in Indian movies. While his comrades shout energetically and succeed at the assigned task, Karan utters a weak and barely audible clarion call. Father and sons don’t often express their feelings to each other, and this is true of not only Indian society, but of world at large as well. 0
Comment(s) A touching moment in the film occurs when Karan calls his father (played by the versatile Boman Irani) when the former is stationed at the front. Advertising

Of course, the biggest winner of Lakshya is its well-written screenplay (Javed Akhtar) and the wonderful direction and editing (Anand Subaya). The performances of the supporting cast — which includes names like Amitabh Bachchan, Om Puri, Sushant Singh, Preity Zinta and Boman Irani among others — also helps the film’s case greatly. Lakshya was helmed by Farhan Akhtar. Advertising

Lakshya has quite a few memorable scenes. One of my favourite is the one where Hrithik’s Karan repeatedly gets punished for not being disciplined and focused. Bottomline — Lakshya might not be one of the best that Indian cinema has produced, but it is certainly one of the few that nails what it sets out to do — entertain and engage its viewers till the very last second of the reel.