AATANK (1996 INDIA) D/P: PREM H. LALWANI W: SACHIN BHOWMICK
In this rather late JAWS rip-off (which must have started filming years earlier, as cast member Vinod Mehra died in 1990), a big plastic shark terrorises a community of fishermen and their families. Gangsters after black pearls are also a problem. Big Dharmendra and his cop brother Girish Karnad (who has a Christian wedding before losing his bride to the shark) are the heroes. The singing and dancing is unremarkable (but due to the remarkably consistent high quality of Bollywood talent, not at all unpleasent) and most of this time waster (that lacks much shark action) is reasonable background entertainment. And then you can concenrtate on the ropey but energetic all-action climax. I enjoyed. With Amjad Khan, Kader Khan, Padma Khanna, Hema Malini, Ranjeet, Tom Alter, Brahmachari, Sheeram Lagoo, Manmauji, Leela Mishra, Moolchand, Keshto Mukherjee, Saijan and Asit Sen.

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