Vaastav: The Reality is an action crime film it was written and directed by Mahesh Manjrekar it was produced by Deepak Nikalje and dialogue was written by Imtiyaaz Hussain, and starring Sanjay Dutt and Namrata Shirodkar in a lead role. It also features Sanjay Narvekar, Mohnish Behl, Paresh Rawal, Reema Lagoo and Shivaji Satam in supporting roles. The film was followed by the 2002 sequel Hathya
It was released on 7 October 1999, the film was extremely successful both in India and overseas. Over the years it has become a cult film. And it was the highest grossing Hindi films of the year. Made on a total budget of ₹5.3 crore and it overall net collection ₹41.3 crore.
Vaastav is about Ragunath Namdev Shivalkhar aka Raghu Bhai(Sanjay Dutt),he lives in a lower middle class family in a Chawl of Mumbai, has no interest in studies and always having fun with his best friend Dedhfutiya(Sanjay Narvekar)and other friends,because of his nature his parents(Father:Namdev Shivalkhar(Shivaji Satam) and Mother:Shanta(Reema Lagoo) and brother Vijay Namdev Shivalkhar(Mohnish Behl) are always angry with him ,so on Raghu’s insistence his father opens a Pav Bhaaji stall, they run their shop smoothly, until one day 2 local goons mess with Dedhfutiya and beat him up, hence a fight starts and Raghu accidentally kills a goon who is the brother of a local Don Fracture Bandya(Jack Gaud).Afterwards some circumstances arises and Raghu becomes the most powerful and feared and the richest don of Mumbai Underworld
Sanjay dutt gives a powerhouse performance of his career, Namrata Shirodkar looks quite sexy as the prostitute and wife of Raghu. Shivaji Satam shines as Sanjay Dutt’s father. Reema, as Sanjay’s mother, was so much involved with typical family dramas that no one took her seriously in this movie from beginning. Then perhaps just to prove everyone wrong or out of frustration she pulls off the trigger on her beta at the end. Mohnish Bahl is wonderfully natural.