Aashna Arts' KARZ-THE BURDEN OF TRUTH, directed
by Harry Baweja, is a film about relationships.
Sooraj (Sunny Deol) has been abandoned by his
mother Sitara Devi (Kiron Kher) for reasons he
does not understand and cannot fathom. Homeless
and alone, he is adopted by a kind-hearted
person (Rajiv Verma), who learns the tragic
truth about the young boy from the local doctor.
Years pass but the tormenting experience of
rejection and renunciation continues to fester
deep in his consciousness. Yearning only for the
truth and the love of his mother, Sooraj seeks
refuge in alcohol.
Sapna (Shilpa Shetty), daughter of his father's
friend, comes to live with them. Sooraj falls in
love with her, but doesn't know how to express
At the same time, Sooraj befriends Raja (Sunil
Shetty), who is in search of his dream woman.
Their friendship turns bitter when Sooraj learns
that the girl Raja has fallen for is none other
Raja keeps insisting that his intentions are
honourable and that he intends marrying Sapna.
And contrary to what Sooraj thinks of him until
now, he truly does come from an affluent family.
But Sooraj does not believe him, until Raja
tells him that his father owns a haveli in his
town and his mother is Sitara Devi.
What happens next?
The story of KARZ-THE BURDEN OF TRUTH is, in
fact, an amalgamation of so many films. Partly
JYOTI BANE JWALA, a dash of SAAJAN, a bit of
GHAYAL and of course, 'inspiration' from so many
successful films cannot be ruled out either.
Writer Anees Bazmee and director Harry Baweja
have opted for a plot that's as old as the
hills. And it is this aspect mainly that bogs
the film down to an extent.
To be honest, barring a handful of sequences,
the screenplay abounds in clich?– some sequences
do have logic, but also, at times, some of the
sequences seem totally irrelevant. Like, the
Johny Lever track in the first half is
Ditto for a few action sequences featuring
Sunny, which seem to have been incorporated,
perhaps, to enhance the commercial value of the
enterprise. For, it's a known fact that Sunny
and his fist of fury, at most times, have set
the cash registers jingling.
The romance between Sunil and Shilpa also seems
half-baked and underdeveloped. How and why does
Shilpa suddenly start reciprocating Sunil's
feelings are just not explained.
The only enduring moments are shared between
Kiron Kher and Sunny Deol. The flashback,
interesting told, is quite captivating. Even
Sunny and Ashutosh Rana's sequences merit
The climax relies too much on blood and gore and
the train fight in the concluding reel instantly
reminds you of GADAR's climax.
Harry Baweja's direction is mediocre, mainly due
to an uninspiring script. There should have been
some effort on the director and the writer's
part to come up with something novel.
Sanjeev-Darshan's music is passable. Only 'Meri
Mehbooba Hai Tu' and 'Shaam Bhi Khoob Hain' can
be singled out. Cinematography (Yogesh Jani) is
patchy. Action (Tinu Verma) is quite impactful.
There's nothing new in Sunny Deol's role. The
actor has portrayed similar roles in the past,
but it must be said to his credit that he does
prove his abilities in a few sequences. Sunil
Shetty is passable. Shilpa Shetty gets no scope
– her work is limited to wearing designer
outfits and singing songs mainly.
Kiron Kher is alright at places, but tends to
get theatrical at times. Ashutosh Rana is the
saving grace – he is simply excellent. His
scenes with Sunny are immensely watchable. Johny
Lever tries hard to raise a few laughs and
succeeds to an extent. Sayaji Shinde does well.
Shahbaaz Khan and Rajiv Varma lend adequate
On the whole, KARZ-THE BURDEN OF TRUTH is a
typical masala fare that relies too
heavily on the tried and tested stuff, thus
limiting its appeal. The Idd holidays may prove
beneficial to an extent, but a long run is ruled