Direction: Anurag Kashyap
Cast: Pawan Malhotra, KK, Aaditya Shrivastava. I do not know the rest of the names.
Length: Around 3 hours
The movie is the adaptation of the book by the same name by S Hussain Zaidi . It traces the investigation into the Mumbai blasts of 1993 and how the case was cracked. The movie was released after a long time in the courts and just its appearance in movie halls is a victory for freedom of speech in
Opening with a small glimpse of silence after the blasts, the police unravel the case with the help of an abandoned vehicle and an un-exploded scooter bomb. The primary angle of the movie is from the investigation side, into how loose threads formed a coherent story eventually. The case itself was classic police lore, with accusations of human rights violations, bravery and intelligence of the police force and large political repercussions. But, the purpose of this movie is not entertainment, it sort of moves a documentary style about how ordinary people, brought together by ‘loss’ conspire and execute a daring plot to cripple the financial center of the country.
Mushtaq(Tiger) Memmon (Pawan Malhotra), is filled with rage after his business is lost in target mob attack during the riots. He channels the rage of similarly affected people, broadly influenced by the demolition of the Babri Masjid (“We refuse to believe that a construction that has stood for centuries could have been destroyed by stones and hammers”) and the state of fear induced by the vicious attacks of the Hindu mobs. (I guess this part is what stopped the movie from being screened, “How many Hindus have you killed” Memmon asks one of the recruits). The recruits are sent for training to
The movie is set against the haunting music of
The acting is brilliant with Vijay Mourya (Dawood) having and uncanny resemblance to the original. Malhotra and KK are restrained, while Shrivastav shows the right weight to his emotions.
PS: The chilling coldness of the policeman kadam is to be seen to be believed.