Tigmanshu Dhuliya's latest offering SHAGIRD is one more addition to the encounter dramas that Hindi cinema has specialized in, and to provide a sense of reality to the affair Nana Patekar has been chosen by Tigmanshu Dhulia to be the lead protagonist in SHAGIRD. For the first time, in all probability, the action shifts to the national capital Delhi to portray a narrative based on encounters. Hitherto, encounters as a part of the cinematic landscape found expression in the bye-lanes of Mumbai, but may be it needed a Tigmanshu Dhulia to underline the fact that indeed encounters happen all over the place, more so, in the national capital, where the operative forces have got much more diversified manifestation, as politics rules roost in the city of Delhi in proportion in the manner which is difficult to fathom.
Tigmanshu Dhulia having been brought up in Allahabad, where gangsters and encounters operate in such an intricate manner that only an Allahabadi can understand and has been able to portray the picture in quite succinct manner, as he has also written the script for the film. Surprise of the pack in SHAGIRD has been the cameo played by Anurag Kashap and it also is a conscious choice as Anurag Kashyap basically belongs to Gorakhpur in UP which has been famous since eons for the encounters and gangster battles for more than two decades, and having honed his teeth in such an environment he has been able to bring the experience on to the screen in a vivid manner.
Encounter dramas have been a staple diet for the audience in the hinterland and even though they may appear less palatable to the audience of the metropolitan cities, SHAGIRD is indeed going to go places with its dialogues, primarily developed by Nana Patekar in his dead pan manner, which may appear jaded to a metropolitan audience, but it still invokes wolf whistles from the audience in the country side.
For Tigmanshu's sake one hopes that his next offering would not take such a long time as it did in the case of SHAGIRD, as Tigmanshu Dhulia is one of the shining stars of Indian cinema and he needs to cut down his turnaround time, as from HAASIL to SHAGIRD it has taken him 8 years.