Today we give you a film most relevant in the way that it touches on our lives. Sixty years down the line and some things are as yet unresolved, which is (in part) what makes this film so compelling a watch. Unsettling, isn’t it?
16th August 2007
6:15 p.m. at the Auditorium
JAANE BHI DO YAARO (1983)
Directed by Kundan Shah
Runtime: 2 hours 23 minutes
Two things that must be forming in people’s minds by now – first, that the Film Club has an inordinate fondness for Mumbai (the setting for three films now) and, second, that it has just as unexplainable a fondness for Naseeruddin Shah (once again within the semester). Well, folks, it just happened that way. We thought you all would like something light, so today’s story is just that. It is an excellent demonstration of the idea that comedy is merely horror served up differently, the horror in this case being the corruption to which ordinary people are exposed daily. We follow the adventures of two photographers as they try to earn a living, but are quickly sucked into a dangerous whirlpool of intrigue and murder involving some of the highest authorities in the city. The cast is perfect. Where else can you see an actor play a corpse so well that he almost outshines his colleagues, with all their histrionics?
About the director: Kundan Shah (b. 1947) is a notable filmmaker, mainstream yet innovative, especially with comedy. This film, his debut, is probably his high water mark, although he has subsequently made several first-rate pictures, including KABHI HAAN KABHI NAA (1993) and KYA KEHNA (2000), both featuring important early roles for their leads, Shahrukh Khan and Preity Zinta respectively.