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Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro Movie Review

A timeless classic beyond ratings

 Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro
Director :  Kundan Shah
Music :  Vanraj Bhatia
Starring :  Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Satish Shah, Bhakti Barve, Satish Kaushik, Ashok Banthia, Neena Gupta

November 2, 2012 05:50:45 PM IST
By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
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How do you rate a film which created a furore over 29 years ago, giving in its wake a slew of awards and recognition to the debut director, Kundan Shah. I am talking about JAANE BHI DO YAARO which has been released by NFDC this week, after being digitally enhanced.

There may be still a lot many who have not seen this film, but almost all would have heard of it. Such has been its following. In fact, it set a benchmark for its time and when you view the film even today, the topic is ever relevant. Kundan Shah, you could say, was farsighted. The builder-politician nexus is relevant till this day and will forever be. Corruption among the top echelons of administration is dealt with a funny slant.

With Kejriwal taking India Against Corruption to a noticeable level, JAANE BHI DO YAARO, though funny in its intent, would give the Gen X of today some food for thought.

JAANE BHI DO YAARO is about two struggling photographers Vinod Chopra (Naseeruddin Shah) and Sudhir Mishra (Ravi Baswani). They have just launched their new studio but clients are hard to come by. They, however, get an opportunity to prove their worth by the editor of Khabardar magazine Shobha Sen (Bhakti Barve). Shobha exposes the scandalous lives of the rich and famous and on her radar now are the Municipal Commissioner D'Mello (Satish Shah) and Tarneja (Pankaj Kapoor), a builder. She has been tipped off that there is some 'give and take' happening between the two and these two photographers are employed to blow the lid off the scam.

It's a hilarious turn of events as these two bulldoze their way in funny situations to photograph some important documents. But when they inadvertently stumble on a crime, they set out to set it right.


Watching the acting is a lesson in itself. Panjak Kapoor to me is the pick of the lot. Having a mean business streak, he does not think twice about doubling the ratio of mud with cement and is always out to buy out the Commissioner, no matter what. His rival, Ahuja (Om Puri) is always in a drunken stupor.

Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri too display their prowess. While Naseeruddin Shah has gone from strength to strength, it's a pity that a talent like Om Puri, is today saddled with roles that sometimes belittle him.

If you have not seen this flick, get set for a roller-coaster ride as Satish Shah is taken on skates all through the city by these two photographers. Even if you have seen it, it is worth a few more dekkos!

A timeless classic can never be rated but I guarantee you, thirty years down the line, this film will still have 'that' effect on you.

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