‘Lakshya’ was the second directorial of Farhan Akhtar after the huge success of his first coming of age film ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ (2001). Since his debut film had done tremendously well at the box office, the same was expected from his second outing also. Unfortunately, that did not happen. ‘Lakshya’, which released on 18 June 2004, featuring Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta and Amitabh Bachchan in prominent roles, failed to live up to the expectations. By the end of its theatrical run, the movie was declared a flop.
‘Lakshya’ had everything from romance to patriotism. Even then it could not strike a chord with the audience. What worked against it possibly was its length. The film was three hours long, which was not an ideal length for the multiplex audience which had by then accustomed itself to watching well trimmed film. However, the movie has gathered a cult following over the years, particularly among the youth. Repeated telecast over the television helped it achieve this feat. After watching the film on television, the youth of the country started identifying with Hrithik’s character, Lieutenant Karan Shergill, who develops from an aimless young man into an army officer, and made it what it is today, a cult movie.
Apart from its storyline, direction and brilliant performances by each and every artist, the film is still remembered for its hit song ‘Main Aisa Kyon Hoon’. The path breaking choreography by Prabhu Deva in the song won him a National Film Award and a Filmfare Award. Hrithik’s performance in the film is considered his best performance till date.