Ageing Amarjeet Singh (Amitabh Bachchan) has seen his son Vikramjeet (Bobby Deol) sacrifice his life on battlefield for the nation. And now it pains him to see that Vikramjeet?s son Kunal (Bobby again) is thinking of quitting armed forces and going abroad.
Kunal is a young and ambitious man in love with a girl named Shweta who he first saw at a desert festival. But Shweta has already been married to an army officer who was called to duty right after their wedding (a clich?). Shweta?s husband Rajiv (Akshay Kumar) was taken prisoner by Pak forces.
By the time Shweta begins to make her mind to settle again, Rajiv returns. But like a true-blooded, self-sacrificing hero, he frees her to choose her own life.
Meanwhile, tensions between India and Pak increase and militants backed by Pak decide to reign terror on pilgrims in Amarnath Yatra.
It is here that our incredibly jingoistic Mr. Sharma introduces an element of friendship by showing the forces of both countries joining hands to fight the terror.
Only Akshay?s performance in the film deserves a mention. He convincingly portrays the many shades of his character without making it overtly patriotic. Amitabh Bachchan has become too predictable in his acting and it is the same thing served over and again in every movie of his. Bobby Deol and Divya Khosla are average.
A film like ATHWS will appeal only to those people who have same kind of thinking as Mr. Sharma has ? that patriotism is killing twenty enemy soldiers for every one Indian. The idea is simply neurotic and demands treatment before it becomes a deep-rooted malady