This Week From Past – Soldier (1998)

Release Date : 20th November, 1998

Soldier is a 1998 Bollywood film starring Raakhee, Bobby Deol and Preity Zinta. The film was released in 1998 and went on to do well at the box office.Although Soldier was Preity Zinta’s first film, Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se ended up being released before Soldier and was thus Zinta’s film debut.

Synopsys :

Captain Vijay Malhotra (Pankaj Dheer) attempts to defend himself when corrupt army officials, Pratap Singh (Suresh Oberoi), Virender Sinha (Dalip Tahil), and Jaswant Dalal (Salim Ghouse), intercept a truck-load of arms and ammunition, with the help of Virender’s brother, Baldev (Sharat Saxena) which they are about to sell illicitly to gangsters. Vijay Malhotra stops the trio of smugglers, but subsequently is shot to death by a mysterious man by the name of DK, who is the ringleader of the smugglers. The movie shifts to 20 years later where the Mumbai Police gets a fax from the Australian interpol branch of one Jaswant Dalal, a wanted smuggler entering India. An operation to nab him alive is handed over to ACP Dinesh Kapoor (Ashish Vidyarthi), an old friend of the slain Vijay Malhotra. Dinesh Kapoor sends a copy of the fax to a mysterious man named Vicky (Bobby Deol) and tells him to “prevent” Jaswant from being nabbed by the police. Vicky helps Jaswant escape from the police at the docks, but when Jaswant tries to kill him to erase any witnesses, Vicky shoots him instead. Vicky then escapes to Australia despite the police preventing it.

In Sydney, Australia Vicky meets Preeti (Preity Zinta), Pratap Singh’s daughter, and woos her while getting into trouble with Jojo, Baldev Sinha’s son and beats him up. Vicky and Preeti both fall in love. Pratap Singh and Virender Sinha (and his brother) are high-profile criminals in Australia. Once friends and partners in crime, they share a shaky relationship with one another. Vicky meets up with Pratap, who identifies him as Jaswant’s killer. Vicky promises Pratap Singh that he’d make him more powerful than he’d ever imagine. Jojo destroys Vicky’s apartment for his being beaten up. Vicky storm’s Baldev’s household, kills many of his men, and makes him cough up the money for the damage Jojo did to his apartment. Baldev reports to brother who orders Vicky killed. Baldev and Jojo take a sniper to kill Vicky who’s receiving his mother at the airport. They discover his mother is none other than Virender’s estranged wife, Shanti (Farida Jalal). Convinced that Vicky is none other than Virender’s son, the assassination attempt is called off. Vicky is then welcomed into Virender’s gang. At a party thrown in Vicky’s honor, Pratap is stunned to learn Vicky among his rival’s ranks.

Virender takes Vicky to a place where he keeps Pratap’s, Jaswant’s, and DK’s secrets in files. Vicky shoots Virender dead and dumps him into the bay where a shark eats him. He then dumps Pratap’s signature cigarette lighter at the crime scene. Vicky then goes through the stolen files and discovers who DK actually is. The police retrieve the lighter from Virender’s crime scene and hand it over to Vicky who urges his brother, Baldev to rally his men and launch an attack on Pratap. The squad is gunned down at a checkpost by Pratap’s men, save for Vicky, who was working with Pratap to get rid of Virender’s gang. Vicky then reveals to Pratap that he is not Virender’s son, and that he had fooled Shanti into believing he was her son, since she had lost her own. He also reveals that he was sent by DK to kill Jaswant, Virender, and Pratap, and that they should leave for India to kill DK to make Pratap the undisputed crime king. Meanwhile Preeti overhears Vicky’s conversation with her father and reveals it to Shanti. Shanti calmly acknowledges that she knows Vicky is not her son and that she helped him kill her husband, whose weapons had helped kill her own son, unbeknownst to him. She reveals that Vicky is Vijay Malhotra’s son, Raju and that it was Vijay Malhotra who was convicted of arms smuggling based on testimonies from Jaswant, Pratap, and Virender. His dead body was stripped of all medals and his wife, Geeta (Raakhee) and son were ostracized by his community. The community even prevented his body from being cremated and leave it in a raging desert storm, where it’s lost in the sands. Preeti, upon hearing this story, agrees to assist Raju/Vicky. Raju then calls ACP Dinesh Kapoor and reveals his plan of bringing Pratap to India and his knowledge of DK’s true identity. The ACP then sets Jaswant, who is revealed to be alive and have been helping provide Raju the information to finish off Virender’s gang, free.

Raju arrives in India with Pratap and takes him to his village where his mother sits desolately in a temple at the village outskirts. He reveals to Pratap who he really is and proceeds to beat him. DK comes to rescue Pratap, and he is revealed to be none other than Jaswant. Soon Jaswant/DK’s men arrive and in the raging battle, Raju kills the men and maims Pratap and DK, makes them confess the truth, and then leaves them for the vultures to feed upon. His name cleared, Vijay Malhotra is given an honorable military burial, and his son and widowed wife watch

Boxoffice :

Soldier did very good business all over India, It was HIT movie and did SuperHit business in Punjab. It collects 14 Crore at Boxoffice which if adjusted today come close to 35 crore. This movie is First SOLO all india clean HIT of Bobby Deol (However his first movie BARSAAT did exceptional business, but was too big budget to consider clean HIT). Coincidentally this is Preity Zinta’s First HIT too (After debacle of Dil se).

Verdict : HIT

— BollyBusiness

~ by Yakuza on November 17, 2009.

15 Responses to “This Week From Past – Soldier (1998)”

  1. This is indeed Bobby deol best movie todate, this is only bobby deol movie which i felt can never be jutified by any other actor.

  2. As a kid, when I hardly got to watch Hollywood movies, I found Soldier to be a solid Bollywood flick. It was quite stylish and had some really good action scenes. And those days, I used to have a massive crush on Preity 🙂

    It’s one of my fav action\thriller movies of the 90s along with Gupt and Sarfarosh.

  3. Although the movie also had Manisha(at her prime) & Kajol in the movie, dont u think Gupt was a solo hit for Bobby?

    • Yeah jai, GUPT was in-fact as good HIT as Soldier, but All India HIT status goes only to soldier (GUPT was loser in few circuits).

      • As per BOI, Gupt is a bigger hit than Soldier when adjusted for net gross. I do think Gupt was a clean hit. I remember the hype was quite massive esp since it was directed by Rajiv Rai, whose last film Mohra was a super-duper hit.

        • From above link you can see HUM gross is bigger than Ghayal while HUM was only HIT and Ghayal was Super Hit. Same is case with Gupt and Soldier.

          However adjustments made in list above are pure crap, From 1995 – 98 Inflation rate is 2.5.
          But above link show some funny business. how 14 lacs in 1997 can be adjusted to mere 22 lacs in 2009 ?? , even any layman can discard this adjustment).

          Let’s examine few comparisons :

          1. Average salary per person was Rs. 700 in 1995 which become rs. 3000 Now.
          2. Cost of living was rs. 1000/- per person in 1995 which is now Rs. 5000/- Per person in 2009.
          3. Filmfare costs Rs. 15 in 1997 which is now rs. 50 in 2009.
          4. Cinema tickets rates were Rs. 20 On average in 1995 which is now rs. 60.

          From all standards above inflation rate can never be less than 2.5 for 1995 – 1998. I hope you agree.

          • Thanks for the clarification. Though I’m not sure how do u classify Gupt? Hit or Above average? even if don’t take adjusted net gross, Gupt(1997) grossed more than Soldier(1998). Budget wise, both seemed to be relatively similar.

  4. Hi Bollybusiness, remember last week, we were talking about the biggest hits over the years in Bollywood, will you have that done by this week, I’m really looking forward to it?

  5. I remember watching this movie and thinking wow this is 1 slick action thriller.This film was a success for Bobby Deol and he should have pushed on from there but he didnt and lost his way and the arrival of Hrithik didnt help either.

  6. also this movie had gr8 music esp. naiyo naiyo which become a rage at mehndi’s & weddings. Preity arrived as a fresh face and became very popular. This movie had shades of Baazigar,but it was definately paisa vasool.

  7. no problem sir 😉 Bobby missed the boat time – the guy had everything he had everything…..the looks, Punjabi, okish actor, successful film family and the banners. i remember he turned down mani ratnam for Yuva….what a big mistake! it worked out amazingly well for Abhishek but Bobby must have been gutted afterwards because although yuva flopped, the film had rave reviews and Abhi picked up an award too. this could’v been bobby’s golden chance but Bobby’s inability to think outside the box(like Akki?) has cost him. he is now a no-show imo

  8. Gupt was a massive was appriciated by one and all..from critic to a ordinary fan and later on declared a blockbuster. soldier was no where near it. Gupt was flawless but soldier wasnt.

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