Freeze Frame #58: Ghayal

Towards the end of Ghayal, Sunny Deol is chasing Amrish Puri, the man who destroyed his life. Amrish has a gun in his hand and points it at him. Sunny picks up a knife from the ground andstands there, boiling with rage. Mind you, they’re more than ten feet apart, so the idea of bringing a knife to a gunfight would, if you look at it objectively, seem absurd. But one look at Sunny’s face and Amrish drops the gun and runs. Sure, it’s intended for dramatic effect, but the fact is, it works. To me, that was what angry young men in the movies were about.


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