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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Baazigar (1993)

A loving son takes vengeful action against someone he holds responsible for a tragic turn in fortunes that left his family shattered. He doesn't take a direct route, instead choosing more creative methods that reveal themselves slowly.
It's unofficially based on Ira Levin's A Kiss Before Dying (1953). There's a Shakespeare influence, too, and even some violent giallo-esque kills. It's a strange mix that doesn't always work, but when it does it's spectacular.
It would make a tremendously powerful two hour film. I realise that to achieve that would mean losing a significant amount of footage, but it'd be just about doable. I'd begin by chopping most of the 'comedic' head servant's scenes.

3½ gamely gambles out of 5

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