Movie poster for Halla Bol
|Directed by||Rajkumar Santoshi|
|Produced by||Samee Siddiqui|
|Written by||Rajkumar Santoshi|
|Music by||Sukhwinder Singh|
|Editing by||Steven Bernard|
|Release date(s)||January 11, 2008|
|Running time||150 mins|
Halla Bol (English: Attack) is a Bollywood film released on January 11, 2008, and directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, who earlier directed The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) and Khakee (2004). The film stars Ajay Devgan and Vidya Balan in pivotal roles and 11 celebrities as themselves in guest appearances. Produced by Samee Siddiqui, the film's score and soundtrack is composed by Sukhwinder Singh, whilst Nataraja Subramanian and Steven Bernard are the cinematographer and editor respectively.
The film has touched many issues that have come in public eye in India lately, like the Jessica Lall murder case, Aamir Khan's involvement with the Narmada Bachao Andolan, Right to Information Act and public participation in fighting corruption, and 'Jan Natya Manch', whose leader theatre activist, Safdar Hashmi was killed at the hands of political goons while performing a street play by the same name, Halla Bol! in 1989.
Ashfaque (Ajay Devgan) is a small town boy aspiring to be a film star in the Hindi film industry. He joins a street theatre group run by a reformed dacoit Sidhu (Pankaj Kapur) who uses street theatre as a medium to bring about an awakening in the masses. Ashfaque struggles to give a creative vent to the actor in him in order to realize his dreams.
Ashfaque's determined struggle pays off and he gets a break in films. He gets a new screen name - Sameer Khan. With the passage of time, the roles start becoming better and he moves up the success ladder in a very short time. Soon, he becomes Sameer Khan the superstar - one who can enact any role with finesse, get under the skin of any and every character with ease and walk away with audience applause.
Amidst all adulation and applause, he slowly loses his own identity. He forgets his real self and imbibes all characteristics of the various roles essayed by him on screen. Corruption takes over his entire system, alienating him from all loved ones, including his wife Sneha (Vidya Balan).
Things take a new turn when at a high profile party Ashfaque witnesses the murder of a girl named Ritu Sahani commited by the son of a producer and a minister. All the celebrities present give false reports so as to avoid controversies including Ashfaque. As he returns home from an award ceremony he is reminded of the past events and he decides to change himself and fights for justice.
- Ajay Devgan ... Ashfaque/Sameer Khan
- Vidya Balan ... Sneha
- Pankaj Kapoor ... Sidhu
- Ishteyak ...
- Darshan Jariwala ...
- Mammooty...himself (Special Appearance)
- Mohanlal...himself (Special Appearance}
- Sayali Bhagat ... herself (Special appearance in song Is Pal Ki Soch)
- Kareena Kapoor ... herself (Special appearance)
- Tusshar Kapoor ... himself (Special appearance)
- Sridevi ... herself (Special appearance)
- Boney Kapoor ... himself (Special appearance)
- Jackie Shroff ... himself (Special appearance)
- Ruby Bhatia ... herself (Special appearance)
- Pahlaj Nihalani ... himself (Special appearance)
- Neeraj Vora ... himself (Special appearance)
- Ranjit Kapoor ... himself (Special appearance)
- Mukesh Tiwari ... himself (Special appearance)
- Lekh Tandon ... himself (Special appearance)
- Nini Andreas Ayach ... spectator
- Andrew Shemin ... spectator
- Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
- Producer: Suresh Sharma & Abdol Samee Siddiqui
- Editor: Steven Bernard
- Cinematogrpaher: Nataraja Subramanian
- Music: Sukhwinder Singh
- Choreography: Ganesh Acharya
This film music is composed by Sukhwinder Singh.
- Barsan Lagi - Sneha Pant
- Is Pal Ki Soch - Harshdeep Kaur
- Jab Tak Hai Dum - Sukhwinder Singh
- More Haji Piya - Amjad Farid Sabri
- Shabd Gurbani - Sukhwinder Singh
- Halla Bol Theme