Sarfarosh is a 1999 Indian action drama film and the film was produced, written and directed by John Matthew Matthan and starring Aamir Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, Mukesh Rishi and Sonali Bendre.
The film deals with an Indian police officer’s quest to stop cross-border terrorism. It was released before the Kargil war when tensions between India and Pakistan were high. That’s why the film was both, commercially and critically successful.
The film won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment, and also won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film, and was screened at the International Film Festival of India.
John started working on Sarfarosh in 1992. Seven years were spent on the research, pre-production and production till it finally released in 1999. Later the film was remade in Kannada as Sathyameva Jayathe with Devaraj and in Telugu as Astram (2006) with Vishnu Manchu and Anushka Shetty.
Ajay Singh’s brother was killed and his father brain damaged by terrorists when Ajay was a small boy, because his father was going to stand up against them in court or something. And as a young adult he devotes himself to becoming a police inspector and fighting against crime, and terrorists in particular. In one case, where Ajay has to get to the roots of an operation smuggling guns into the country. The operation is backed by a Pakistani general, with the rationale that arming criminals in India is a cheap but effective way of waging war. Ajay solves this mystery and reaches the root of this gang. But at the end he comes to know that this terrorism was under-supervision of his very good friend and singer “Gulfam Hassan.
Aamir Khan, does a very good job with the character. It’s a good character too – well developed and believable, honourable without being sanctimonious. Sonali Bendre role was very small but she was played very well and she looks stunning, although the rest of the cast all do a good job too.
The music was composed by Jatin- Lalit and the Lyrics was written by Indeevar, Israr Ansari, Nida Fazli, Sameer
The movie was push a fairly unbalanced “Pakistan aggressors, India = victims” message, though the movie was very careful/keen not to equate this with Muslim vs Hindu and turn it into a religious issue.