Good article. I admit almost on all observations, but somehow don't agree about Shashikala. Director could have easily toned down her, but probably to match his unemployed stature, her character was kept bit loud. (No other event/relation was capable of exploding this bipolar bomb.) Only mismatch in this film was Dimple Kapadia according to my opinion.
I had a feeling , this film din't get due credit it deserved, Shiva made in Telugu and Hindi by Ram Gopal Verma was inspired by this film and people still talk about those films, which changed the films in south.
I normally don't write messages here but I could not resist myself now. Firstly, I want to acknowledge the writer of the article, beautifully presented. My nostalgic movements with the film 'Arjun' are a treasure to me. I got connected to the film so much that I had decided that I should have my personal film library and the first film I should be having is this film.It was so much with my life at that time. I would like to write more about my personal connect with this film but let me keep it short and sweet.
This movie leaves lots of nostalgia for me as I watched this at Bahar Cinema ,Matunga with my wife just days after we got engaged on April7 1985.And both of us enjoyed the classic and recollect some of those sweet moments even today.
Undoubtedly, one of the best movies of Sunny Deol. But his other movies like Damini, Ghayal, Ghatak, Border & Gadar were equally good from their perspective. Rightly said, Arjun bougt out the anger & frustration of the youth of that generation.
This movie had so much going on, but for me, it would forever create a long lasting impression of how things work at grassroot level. The umbrella slaughter scene is still etched in my memory and sends shivers down the spine. I have watched many gore movies but they are nothing compared to the terror portrayed in Arjun. I can totally relate to Arujun's angst in a system which has broken down and works only for the select few. How do you changes that? What are your options? Are you willing to take those risks? There's so much more. A brilliant movie which should be celebrated time and again cuz of it's relevance even now.