Isse mat jaane do yaaron!

by Aastha Katyal

The film's poster

I know this review is late by years but I felt it is necessary since many of my friends surprised me by saying they had never even heard of this cult movie! So I thought let me introduce it to them and the many others who have missed this film.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron is a recital of the classic tale of rampant corruption in the system, the optimistic attitude of honest do-gooders as opposed to the scheming and triumphant stance of those in authority, openly abusing it.
This cult film launched many a careers and went on to be included in the list of best comedies made in India.
It is a tale of Vinod Chopra and Sudhir Mishra (the namesakes being the two famous directors who were in the early stages of their soon-to-flourish careers), played by Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Vaswani (who won the Filmfare Award for this performance), respectively, who are two professional photographers trying to start a photo studio of their own and get their first assignment from the investigative magazine Khabardar’s editor, Shobha (Bhakti
In the course of their work, they uncover certain ongoing corrupt activities what with one of the biggest builders of Bombay, Tarneja (Pankaj Kapoor) trying to bribe Municipal Commissioner D’Mello (Satish Shah) into giving him a contract for a flyover among other things, while D’Mello is double crossing Tarneja by negotiating with his arch rival Ahuja (Om Puri) simultaneously.
It so happens that accidently the two photographers get a photograph that shows Tarneja murdering D’Mello. In a bid to gather proof they go hunting for the body which goes missing and ultimately lands up at the
drunken Ahuja’s house, but not before they manage to locate it for a brief period and take photographs which they then give to the Khabardaar editor, Shobha to publish and expose Tarneja’s deed.
But to prove Tarneja’s crime, they need the body and so the remainder of the film is a hilarious chase for the body with Tarneja, Ahuja, Shobha and the new Municipal Commissioner Srivastav (Deepak Qazir) in pursuit even as Vinod and Sudhir drag the body with them across town,
avoiding the pursuers and trying to land the body in a police station.
The chase culminates in a memorable, side-splitting climax where all the characters land up in an ongoing Mahabharata nautanki performance, where the hapless corpse is dressed as Draupadi.
The end of the film is a sad comment on the social situation that is prevalent in a society where honesty loses to vice.
The film attained the cult status thanks to its memorable
performances, engaging storyline and its comic take on a dark issue which does not ladle the viewer with heavy duty thoughts and disturbing imagery but pushes him into reflecting on the issue subconsciously while he enjoys himself.
Definitely a must watch, the film should be a part of every self proclaimed movie buff’s list.

Please visit this link on to watch the movie online

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