A sequel to one of our most iconic revenge dramas Ghayal (1990), the film marks an action-packed comeback. Probably on rare occasions, Bollwoood has come out of the box and brought a sequel that is organically grown, the movie falls in such category.
‘Ghayal Once Again’ started from where the 1990 block-buster Ghayal featuring the tough man Sunny Deol left. However, the only difference is the director – this time it is the lead actor himself, Sunny Deol, who took the baton. After teaching Balwant Rai and his gang a lesson, and finishing-off his life sentence, 26 years later, vigilante Ajay Mehra (Sunny Deol) returns to fight the corrupt system and bring a shrewd businessman Bansal (Narendra Jha) and his accomplices to justice. Well, another difference was traced and that is the ‘firangi’ bad guys. Amrish Puri is surely missed in the sequel.
The chief protagonist Ajay Satyakam Mehra comes here as an investigative journalist running a newspaper “Satyakam”. His newspaper seeks truth and not-for-profit business. Ajay earns quite a fan-following among the youth, who like his fearless and unforgiving approach. This is the reason why four college going kids hands over a footage of a murder to him that they had accidentally recorded. From here the journey of Ajay and those four youth begins….their fight for truth and justice.
Deol fairly manages to retain the essence of Santoshi’s blockbuster, while giving it a contemporary twist. Though not as emotionally engaging as the original, the sequel still delivers what it promises on the action front. However, the plot perhaps looks a little tired in it and cobbles in bits and pieces of the film that we have seen before. There are a lot of foreign elements in the film; you could easily refresh your memory of ‘Die Hard’, ‘Mission Impossible’, ‘True Lies’ and so on.
Despite the few flaws, Sunny pajji’s idealistic film exudes the sincerity and unbreakable spirit of a common man. If you mess with us, “We will find you and we will punch you”!