Release date31 August 2007 (2007-08-31) Based onSholay
by Salim-Javed WriterSalim Khan (story), Rahil Qazi, Ram Gopal Varma (screenplay), Ram Gopal Varma (story) Music directorGanesh Hegde, Bappi Lahiri, Vishal Bhardwaj, Prasanna Shekhar SongsMehbooba CastAmitabh Bachchan (Babban Singh), Ajay Devgan (Heerendra Heero Dhaan), Mohanlal (Inspector Narsimha), Priyanka Kothari (Ghungroo), Sushmita Sen (Durga Devi) Similar moviesAmitabh Bachchan and others appear in Ram Gopal Varmas Indian Flames and Sholay
Aag (Fire) also known as Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag, is a 2007 Indian action-drama film written, and directed by Ram Gopal Varma. The film is inspired by the 1975 Hindi film Sholay, and features Amitabh Bachchan, Mohanlal, Ajay Devgan, Prashant Raj Sachdev, Sushmita Sen, J. D. Chakravarthy, and Suchitra Krishnamoorthi.
Nasik-based Heerendra Dhaan (Ajay Devgan) and Raj Ranade (Prashant Raj Sachdev) are bodyguards of a politician but, after their employer is implicated in a scam, they end up assaulting a police officer and flee to Mumbai. Once there they meet with Rambhabhai (Rajpal Yadav), who in turn, gets them employed with a gangster named Shambhu. After a short while the duo are apprehended by Police Inspector Narsimha, questioned, and after they agree to cooperate to bring down Shambhu, are let go. The two succeed in assisting the police arrest Shambhu, but they themselves are arrested, tried in Court, and sentenced to a year in jail.
After their discharge they are again met by Inspector Narsimha (Mohanlal), who, this time, wants to recruit them to capture and kill dreaded bandit Babban Singh (Amitabh Bachchan), who had slaughtered his wife, Kavita (Suchitra Krishnamoorthi), and son, Subbu (J.D. Chakravarthy), as well as cut his fingers off. Heerendra and Raj agree to carry out this task for 8 Lakh Rupees. They re-locate to Kaliganj where Heerendra falls in love with auto-rickshaw driver, Ghungroo (Priyanka Kothari), while Raj gives his heart to Subbu's widow, Durga (Sushmita Sen). They then set out to capture Babban and meet with some success during Diwali, but Babban manages to escape. Babban then starts to ambush and kill Kaliganj residents to compel them to surrender the duo to him. The question remains will the residents carry out Babban's wishes or will they permit themselves to be slaughtered?
Mohanlal as Police Inspector Narsimha
Amitabh Bachchan as Babban Singh
Ajay Devgan as Heerendra 'Heero' Dhaan
Priyanka Kothari as Ghungroo
Prashant Raj Sachdev as Raj Ranade
Sushmita Sen as Durga Devi
Rajpal Yadav as Rambhabhai
Suchitra Krishnamoorthi as Kavita
J. D. Chakravarthy as Subbu
Abhishek Bachchan as Gypsy Singer (Special Appearance)
Urmila Matondkar as Gypsy Dancer (Special Appearance)
The Delhi High Court fined Ram Gopal Varma ₹10 lakh (US$16,000) for the "deliberate act" of copyright infringement for the usage of characters such as "Gabbar Singh" of original Sholay.
This film turned out to be a commercial failure and was panned by critics and movie audiences alike. Rajeev Masand rated it zero out of five. The Times of India stated that Aag "destroyed Bollywood's greatest film" and acknowledged that some "consider it the world's worst film." Hindustan Times awarded it the "Lifetime's Worst Ever Movie Award." It came in first in a FHM India list of the 57 worst movies ever made. Total Film included it in their list of the 66 worst films of all time. Amitabh Bachchan later admitted that the film was "a mistake."