Jaane bhi do yaaron (let it go, friends) is one of the best political satire movies to be made in Hindi. I do not think any other movie of this genre comes even close to this gem.
Produced by the NFDC (National Film Development Corporation of India) in 1983, it is a dark look at the corruption at all levels in politics, media, corporations and bureaucracy. There is a great mix of comedy in it making it a great watch.
It stars a number of great actors. Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Satish Shah, Ravi Baswani, Pankaj Kapoor, Bhakti Bharve, Neena Gupta, Satish Kaushik are some of the few. If you see the movie now, it is amazing how young these actors were at that time! How time flies!!
Anyway, coming to the story…….. Vinod (Naseeruddin Shah) and Sudhir (Ravi Baswani) are two broke photographers trying to make it big. They are hired by a newspaper editor played by Bhakthi to take photos of the corrupt dealings between the commissioner of Bombay (Satish Shah) and a builder Tarneja(Pankaj Kapoor).
Meanwhile they also enter a photography contest to get at the prize money. For this they capture random photos in the city. When they develop these photos, they see a man shooting another. Upon enlarging them, they can see that Tarneja shooting the commissioner.
That starts off series of events involving Tarneja, his rival in business Ahuja (Om Puri), the editor and the corpse of the commissioner!
One hilarious setup after another leads us to the most epic climax ever where the corpse of the commissioner is dressed up as Draupadi in a drama where all the mayhem breaks loose. I don’t think I have ever laughed more. Our photographers, Tarneja and his gang, Ahuja and his minions, and of course the corpse get on to the stage and upstage the original actors and start their own drama!
Here it is!
Do you recognize the actor playing the original Dushasan before he is upstaged by Sudhir? He is Vidhu Vinod Chopra, yes the maker of hit movies like Munna Bhai, 3 idiots and Parineeta.
The ending of the movie is also very poignant and compelling. All the crooks, Tarneja, Ahuja, new commissioner and the editor enter into underhand dealings and frame our photographers of the crime of murdering the commissioner and are imprisoned.
Jaana Bhi Do Yaaron is a telling movie about the rampant corruption in the society and the helplessness of the common people in combating it.
The most ironic part of the whole thing is the situation still remains the same till now even after 36 years from the release of the movie.
One of my all time favourites. One of the all time best performances by Satish Shah. He was hilarious as the corpse.
The A2Z challenge 2019 is going to be all the movies that have left an impact on me someway or the other. Some have made me think. Some that I like a lot, some that I really hated. But all of them have left a memory behind which makes the movie more special than the rest. They may not be all classics or iconic but they are close to my heart.
A is for Andhadhun. B is for Bazaar. C is for Conan, the Barbarian. D is for Dushman. E is for Enter the Dragon. F is for Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them.G is for Galimathu.H is for Hidden Figures. I is for Ishq