Aakhree Raasta vs Jawan: How Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan’s movies are comparable is explained in this blog.
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.
Dilip Thakur, a cinema historian and commentator, discussed the similarities between the two movies with a source. The plot of Aakhree Raasta, according to Thakur, focused on a father and son. The movie’s heroine was Jaya Prada. In the movie, Jaya Prada is killed as a result of Tinu Anand, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, and Kader Khan harassing her. While his son (young Amitabh) becomes a police inspector, Amitabh Bachchan‘s character ages. Step by step, the older Amitabh exacts his retribution. Amitabh, a young inspector, seeks to find the murderer. That was the narrative. Beyond their superficial similarities, Jawan and Aakhree Raasta, according to Thakur, are very different films.
Thakur continued, recalling some intriguing data regarding Mr. Bachchan’s film: “The film was a semi-fit. Aakhree Raasta, directed by K. Bhagyaraj, was a Tamil film Oru Kaidhiyin Diary adaptation starring Kamal Haasan. The films of Kamal Haasan were frequently remade at that period. Amitabh Bachchan’s career was in a downward spiral when Aakhree Raasta was released in 1986. Prior to that, he produced the successful film Mard, but reviews weren’t great. In the 1980s, he was celebrated as a middle-aged hero. He made a couple of script selection errors.
However, Thakur is quick to remind out that Mr. Bachchan’s stardom held steady during the difficult times. “No other actor could overshadow Amitabh Bachchan when he was in his prime,” he said. However, contrary to expectations, none of the actors of the era succeeded him. Amitabh Bachchan had entered politics in 1986 and was beginning to feel a little cut off from the film industry.