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my 1000th Indian film: Inaam Dus Hazaar

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How to mark the momentous occasion of the 1000th entry in my Indian cinema-watching career? A colleague suggested I watch something with "thousand" in the title. Googling yielded 2001: Do Hazaar Ek , a Raj Sippy film about a serial killer;  Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Ma , a National Film Award-winning piece by Govind Nihalani about Naxalite struggles; and Inaam Dus Hazaar , a remake of North by Northwest . No contest: always choose the project in which Sanjay Dutt plays a Cary Grant role. Even at only 5 minutes in, I knew I had made the right decision. What followed is not only a solid adaptation of the Hitchcock classic but also a masala entertainer that checks many of the boxes in the foormula we know and love. How many boxes, you ask? Read on! I'll check off everything this film does that is a trait that these films have taught me to expect. [Spoilers if you haven't seen North by Northwest . Also, I'm going to use the actor names for most of the characters in thi