It seems that corruption is deep rooted in human’s mind since birth. A tradition that existed even in Roman Empire. We all once in our life has either become a victim of or contributor for Corruption. The irony is no one of us likes it but all of us always want ourselves to get an opportunity to make money from the shares which belong to other persons or things. According to an axiom, a person refuses bribe only till the moment he is not offered the bribe. But the real credit goes to the powerful people seated on top positions of the world and the rest citizens are pawns becoming the sufferer of the consequences. We need time to time reminder in the form of wrenching accidents to understand our loss.
The first thoughtful yet humorous reminder on the topic in Indian cinema is 1983 released Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro.
The movie was directed by Kundan Shan and was first released 34 years ago. It was again re-released in the year 2012 to depict its popularity among viewers. Though the film is 3 decades old, it is still relevant with the happening in the current world. The film like these days wasn’t earned 100 crores neither it cast popular stars, nevertheless it is still liked by the audience because it depicts the situation which we usually face in our lives.
The movie was an ironic social commentary that comically continues even in the darkest situations.
The film revolves around two novice photographers who were toiling for customers at their photo studio. They participated in a photography contest which had a winning amount of Rs.5000 ( a huge amount those days) and meanwhile, they found a dead body. This leads them to reveal a construction mafia that had connections with leading political parties and about media which too was broadcasting false news.
The story plot’s premise is corruption in government constructions. It is about a flyover that got collapsed because of poor construction materials, and people who had the responsibility of building trying to escape from the situation. Strange, but the scenario is still almost same as it was 3 decades back, still flyovers or roadways get demolished before time as all the funds for the construction work goes in politician’s pocket.
But this film is different as it does not include rebels or moral lecture, instead, it deals the issue in an amusing way. In this, Vinod & Sudhir(Shah & Baswani) expose two construction mafias, in front of a newspaper journalist. They thought they have played as a responsible citizen but soon realized that the fight is bigger and their efforts aren’t enough.
The brilliant script of the film gives you something new, every time you watch it.
The film famous dialogue is “Thoda Khao, Thoda phenko, bahut maja aayga” and “beta Duryodhana, Yeh kya ho Raha hai” are just a sample of wonderful words written by Ranjit Kapoor and Satish Kaushik.
And the marvelous Mahabharat scene as well!
One of the laughter blaster scenes of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron is the Mahabharata play that starts with Cheer-Haran episode and ends with the romantic story of Salim & Anarkali.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron bags one of the best actors of Indian cinema.
Ravi Baswani, Om Puri, Satish Shah, Naseeruddin Shah, Satish Kaushik and Neena Gupta are the lead actors of the film. Though at the time of this film, they were new in Bollywood today, all of them are pioneer actors. It’s a delight to watch all these actors acting together on the same screen.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro is among rare films that comically foreshadows a totalitarian society which couldn’t be changed. 🙂