Class of ’83
Directed: Atul Sabharwal
Cast: Bobby Deol, Anup Soni, Hitesh Bhojraj, Bhupendra Jadawat, Ninad Mahajani, Sameer Paranjape and Prithvik Pratap
Bobby Deol is back and how with Atul Sabharwal’s Netflix film Class of ’83. As someone who grew up in the 1990s, it is difficult to forget the youthful frenzy that Deol brought with him in films like Barsaat, Gupt, Kareeb, Soldier and Dillagi. What a bundle of energy and raw talent he was in his early films. And, so, it is equally difficult to forgive him for squandering it away. Now, comebacks are never easy and not many were impressed with his work in Race 3. Also, Poster Boys was deemed an average affair. That’s precisely why Class of ’83 was always going to be a very important film for him and he has taken full advantage of the opportunity presented to him. He packs a strong punch playing a no-nonsense cop, shunted to a punishment posting as the dean of the police academy, who decides to take his revenge against the corrupt bureaucracy and its criminal allies by training five encounter specialists. Deol shares interesting dynamics with the newcomers Hitesh Bhojraj, Bhupendra Jadawat, Ninad Mahajani, Sameer Paranjape, and Prithvik Pratap, who impressively portray the parts of the five trainees at the police academy, as well as Anup Soni, who brilliantly essays the corrupt politician Manohar Patkar.
The Pulitzer prize-winning late American film critic Roger Ebert observes in his 1971 review of Don Siegel’s groundbreaking cop thriller Dirty Harry, “Eastwood (Inspector Harry Callahan) doesn’t care; he says to hell with the Bill of Rights and stalks out of the district attorney’s office… The movie clearly and unmistakably gives us a character who understands the Bill of Rights, understands his legal responsibility as a police officer, and nevertheless takes retribution into his own hands.” Ebert is evidently a little taken aback by the unapologetic belligerence of Siegel’s San Francisco Police Department cop. Remember, it’s the early 1970s and the idea of a cop who takes the law in his own hand is not commonplace yet.
Fast forward to the early 1980s and we get a glimpse of the same mean streak in Bombay Police’s encounter specialists who have been credited with bringing back the rule of law in Mumbai (erstwhile Bombay) at a time when the city was plagued by underworld gangsters like Dawood Ibrahim, Iqbal Kaskar and Chhota Rajan. These daredevils were handpicked from the batch of 1983 from the Police Training School in Nashik by former Maharashtra DGP Arvind Inamdar who trained them to tackle underworld in any way they deemed fit. Inamdar, who would have spent a lot of time on the streets during the ‘70s, was perhaps taking a leaf out of Harry Callahan’s unapologetic belligerence when he briefed the young trainees to kill and wipe out the gangsters from the city. A print journalist in the film aptly addresses the encounter special specialists as the ‘Dirty Harries of Bombay’. Incidentally, Dirty Harry itself was inspired by the real life case of the Zodiac Killer who also inspired David Fincher’s 2007 film Zodiac.
S. Hussain Zaidi’s 2019 nonfiction book The Class of 83: The Punishers of Mumbai Police documents their heroics and follies. Now, Class of ’83 is widely seen as an adaptation of Zaidi’s book. But the fact of the matter is that the book did not exist at the time when screenwriter Abhijeet Shirish Deshpande started writing the screenplay. All the creative team had at their disposal was a three-page synopsis of Zaidi’s inprogress book and lots of research material like newspaper clippings collected by Zaidi. But textual material wasn’t enough for Sabharwal and so he had to access all the available visual material from the 1980s from the Films Division repository, including documentaries on the National Police Academy, Datta Samant’s Bombay mill strike, and Charles Correa, who served as the Chief Architect for New Bombay from 1970–75.
Atul Sabharwal, with a series like Powder and a movie like Aurangzeb under his belt, would have been the ideal choice to direct a film like Class of ’83. And he doesn’t disappoint. He exercises complete control from the first scene to the last. Right from the inspired casting of Bobby Deol in the role of Dean Vijay Singh (a fictitious character based on DGP Arvind Inamdar) to the immaculate period detail to the choice of newcomers as the five trainees, Sabharwal doesn’t miss a single note. The end result is a gritty cop thriller that emphatically announces the arrival of the Dirty Harries of Bombay.
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Directed by Ram Madhvani, ‘Dhamaka’ will stream on Netflix. Also, the first official trailer of the film will be out on Tuesday. As per a statement, ‘Dhamaka’ follows the story of an ambitious ex-news anchor Arjun Pathak, played by Kartik, who is given another chance to go live on prime-time television when a terrorist calls him with a bomb threat. Little does he know that this call will change his life and throw him into a fast-paced game of betrayal.
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“We want to take the second part of Khuda Haafiz to whole another level. And, I think Egypt is the best location to shoot some of the most exciting and crucial sequences of the film. I am looking forward to this trip,” said Faruk. ‘Khuda Haafiz Chapter II: Agni Pariksha’ features Vidyut Jammwal and Shivaleeka Oberoi in the lead roles. The upcoming project is a sequel to ‘Khuda Haafiz’, which was released digitally last year. The first part revolved around Sameer Choudhary (Vidyut) and his mission to save his wife Nargis (Shivaleeka), who gets trapped in the flesh trade upon her arrival in the Middle East.
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Taking to her Instagram Story, Kriti shared a short video in which she could be seen getting her makeup done for the first shot of ‘Shehzada’. Sharing the video, Kriti wrote, “And #Shehzada ki Shehzadi ka Day 1.” Kriti tagged Kartik in the video, which led to a series of cute exchanges between the two stars on social media.
Kartik re-shared the video on his Instagram handle too and wrote, “shuru kijiye, mai bhi aaya,” and added a heart emoticon to it. Reposting his video reply, Kriti wrote, “The place awaits you,” with a wink emoticon.
Helmed by Rohit Dhawan, ‘Shehzada’ will mark the second collaboration between Kriti and Kartik after their hit 2019 romantic film ‘Luka Chuppi’.
The upcoming project is an action-packed, musical, family film, which will be shot over various schedules in Mumbai and Delhi in the next several months and is expected to release on November 4 next year.
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