Aakhree Raasta vs Jawan: All you need to know about the similarities between Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan’s films | Hindi Movie News

After Shah Rukh Khan‘s Jawan hit theatres, a lot of movie buffs speculated that certain key plot points of director/writer Atlee’s film was inspired by Amitabh Bachchan‘s 80s hit Aakhree Raasta. Viewers were able to draw some parallels between the two films – what with both stories featuring the common plot of a son seeking retribution for his tainted father. The added coincidence is the fact that both films feature the leading man as a cop.
ETimes spoke to film analyst and historian Dilip Thakur who explained the similarities between the two films. Thakur said, “Aakhree Raasta’s plot revolved around a father and son. Jaya Prada was the heroine of the film. In the film, Tinu Anand, Sadashiv Amrapurkar and Kader Khan try to harass Jaya Prada and as a result of which she dies. Amitabh Bachchan’s character becomes old and his son (young Amitabh) becomes a police inspector. The old Amitabh takes his revenge step by step. The young inspector Amitabh tries to investigate who is the killer. That was the story.” Thakur maintains that beyond the obvious similarities, Jawan and Aakhree Raasta are distinctly different movies.Recalling some interesting trivia about Mr Bachchan’s movie, Thakur added, “The film was a semi-fit. Directed by K. Bhagyaraj, Aakhree Raasta was a remake of the Tamil film Oru Kaidhiyin Diary starring Kamal Haasan. During those times, Kamal Haasan’s movies used to get remade quite often. Aakhree Raasta was released in 1986 and at that time Amitabh Bachchan’s career was on a downward curve. Before that he did Mard which was a hit but the film’s reports were not good. He was being touted as a middle aged hero during the 80s. He went wrong with a few choices of scripts.”
Having said that, Thakur is quick to point out that even during the tough times, Mr Bachchan’s stardom remained untouched. He explained, “When Amitabh Bachchan was in his prime, no other actor could overshadow him. People had expectations that some actors of the time could succeed him, but it didn’t happen. In 1986, Amitabh Bachchan had also forayed into politics and was getting a little cut off from cinema.”

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