Lakshya

Lakshya is an Indian Bollywood movie about a slacker who decides that his life’s objective is serving his country’s safety and security, at the cost of this luxury lifestyle. The main character is played by Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan, and man does he play this role to perfection.

Lakysha is the Hindi word for objective. A singular, uncompromising objective, a focus that so consumes an individual that few other priorities interfere in this objective. A focus so pure that it draws me to tears even at my fourth rewatch after seventeen years. The only other movie to ellicit such emotion is Schindler’s List.  

There are three aspects to the role Hrithik plays. The unfocused teenager, the focused officer, and the combatant soldier, loosely across each act. Each role is interspersed as to connect with the audience and elicit a response that can only be drawn from the target audience: Indians. 

Lakshya is a Bollywood film, and as such its context, focus and target demographic are far, far removed from the traditional Michael Bay military softcore porno films. It serves the same purpose, to motivate the youth to engage with and idealize the military, but it does so for the Indian demographic, and for the Indian demographic only. There is no American nationalistic message, no pandering attempt at assimilation or familiarization. Only a singular, focused attempt at idealizing an Indian citizenship. 

What resonates the most is the journey of an unfocused youth, trying to find his way and love in a world occupied by conflict and politics. This identity resonates with me, especially due to my American JROTC background, but I also associate with the identity that doesn’t know where it belongs. Am I a businessman? A productive member of society? A social justice supporter? A lover? A nationalist? 

I doubt that Lakshya will resonate with April 2021’s Indian or even American youth, but it is a compelling tale of an Indian young man finding his worth, dedicating his passion to passively represent his love, and dedicating himself to an ideal to achieve his goals, regardless of how violent the journey.

The film is shot fairly basically, but the characters themselves are extremely relatable, sympathetic and realistic. There’s more discussion to be had for Karan or his female counterpart, Romila’s, characters and how they are developed and fulfilled, but I have a feeling that this discussion is rooted in Indian culture and values. Wait on my reviews for a few more Bollywood films and then remind me of Lakshya, and I’ll have a comprehensive view of Indian films and characters. 6/10. For a military propaganda flick, Lakshya does a very good job, and I am extremely motivated to join some branch of the military.

The movie was released in 2004, and it is currently available to watch on Netflix, and various forms of Apple TV.

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