Amitabh and Om Puri are excellent in this look at Hindu-Muslim violence. While there are graphic scenes of violence, they are not overwhelming for those who have seen a few war movies. The real story develops outside of the riots, both before and after, and it is well done.
The technical aspects of the movie was flawless. Govind took a storyline that would usually not appeal to many and made it engrossing throughout the whole duration of the movie. The performances were brilliant, it is questionable why no nominations were offered. Kareena was brilliant as a Muslim riot victim, showing particular prowess in the confession scene. Her deglamourised look only emphasized the strength of her performance.Fardeen and Kareena's chemistry was impeccable and they give one of bollywood's memorable kiss sequences. Fardeen Khan was surprisingly good, flitting through all his scenes well. This was one of Amitabh's best performances and given his track record, you know how good it must have been. Om Puri too was excellent in his role as a villain. The songs were nice and did not interrupt the plot. Kareena's singing of "Jab nahin aye the thum" only enhanced the movie. The other songs "Rangdini " and "Allah allah" have the correct emotional nuances in them. Dev was flawless.