Ghayal Once Again

Ghayal Once Again’ stars Sunny Deol, Soha Ali Khan, Narendra Jha and Om Puri. New comers Aanchal Munjal, Shivam Patil, Daina Khan, Rishabh Arora are also a part of the cast among others. The film is the sequel of 1990 super hit film ‘Ghayal’. While the prequel was directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, Sunny himself takes the director’s chair for the sequel.

‘Ghyal Once Again’ takes off from where its prequel ended and also uses scenes from the first film as flashbacks in the narration.

Aspiring boxer Ajay Mehra (Sunny Deol) who was jailed for killing the villainous Balwant Rai (Amrish Puri) has served his sentence and is now an investigative journalist and runs a news organisation ‘Satyakam’. He suffers from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and is being treated by neurologist Riya (Soha Ali Khan). He fights for truth and justice through his news organisation ‘Satyakam’ and is helped by his close friend Joe D’Souza (Om Puri) who is now an RTI activist after retiring from Police department. But, the ill-tempered son of powerful business tycoon Raj Bansal (Narendra Jha) kills Joe in a fit of rage. The murder accidentally gets captured in the camera of four college students – Anushka, Rohan, Zoya and Varun (Aanchal, Shivam, Daina and Rishabh respectively) who are out to shoot a documentary. When Raj Bansal learns about the video tape, he orders his henchmen to finish off the teenagers as they pose a threat to him and his business empire. The students decide to hand over the video evidence of Joe’s murder to Ajay whom they idolise, but are intercepted by Raj Bansal’s men. The quest of the four teenagers to reach out to Ajay and how the latter brings to book Raj Bansal and his immoral activities forms the rest of the film’s story.

‘Ghayal Once Again’ begins on a decent note and gains momentum when the four teenagers enter the narrative. But due to the many subplots, it becomes confusing and starts to drag in the second half. There is also lack of good punch lines and dialogues. The film provides a contemporary touch by highlighting phone tapping, computer hacking, Skype etc. There is an unusual emotional twist in the film towards the end. The film promises good action scenes and hand-to-hand combat are well shot. A couple of elaborate chase sequences are thrilling and keeps one engaged, but the use of visual effects is amateurish.

Sunny Deol is more mature in the film. He is good with the action scenes but lacks good dialogues to mouth for which he is known. Om Puri in his special appearance is good. Soha does average in her small role. Narendra Jha does justice to his character as the ruthless businessman. Tisca Chopra as the wife of Raj Bansal is charismatic but has nothing much to contribute and is wasted so is Zakir Hussain as the police commissioner. The newcomers Aanchal, Shivam, Daina and Rishabh are energetic and sincere.

Despite its flaws, the film will be liked by Sunny Deol’s fans and those who enjoy action movies. But it is nowhere near its sequel ‘Ghayal’.