Sanjay Dutt vs Jackie Shroff face-off, 19 years after Mission Kashmir


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If you’ve seen the trailer of Prassthanam, you wouldn’t have been able to miss the part where Jackie Shroff and Sanjay Dutt are seen in the same frame. While Sanjay clearly essays the role of the head of a political party, Jackie is seen as his loyalist, almost his right-hand man. But, a strange turn of events brings the two, and other characters in this political drama, to a point of war, where they must choose between loyalty and integrity.



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If reports are to be believed, Prassthanam will see the two iconic actors in a cinematic face-off, so to speak, after 19 years. If that brings back memories of Mission Kashmir (2000), the Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta starrer, then you’re not alone. Another film you ought to have remembered by now is Khalnayak (1993), that also starred Madhuri Dixit.

It is ironic how these two off-screen friends, Jackie Shroff and Sanjay Dutt seem to always play feuding forces on screen. In Khalnayak, Sanjay represented the bad as the uncouth convict Balaram Prasad, while Jackie was the righteous good cop, Ram Kumar Sinha. In Mission Kashmir, however, the tables had turned with Jackie as the baddie Hilal Kohistani, the mastermind behind all terrorist activities, and Sanjay as SSP Inayat Khan, fighting to defeat all evil.

Back to Prassthanam, it is unclear from the trailer if the characters of Sanjay and Jackie will be so clearly defined as right and wrong, good and bad, or will their characters enter into the grey zone. Given the premise of the film, a dynastic party headed by Sanjay, who must choose his successor, but he cannot do so without offending plenty around, Prassthanam sure makes room for the grey.

Apart from Sanjay and Jackie, the film also stars Ali Fazal as the chosen successor of the party, Chunky Panday as a conniving opportunist, Satyajeet Dubey as the son who craves the throne but may never get a piece of it, Amyra Dastur and Manisha Koirala, in pivotal roles.

Prassthanam is a remake of the 2010 Telugu film of the same name, helmed by Deva Katta, who has been retained in the Hindi version as well. The producers of the Prassthanam wanted to keep the remake as close to the original in essence as possible, and retaining Deva Katta and his conviction was a way of assuring that.

The film is produced by Sanjay’s wife Maanayata Dutt. Prasthanam will hit the theatres on September 20, 2019.

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