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Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 August 1983 (India)
Two friends, attempting to start-up their own photo studio, come across shady dealings, corruption and murder, and must fight to bring the guilty to light.

Director:

Kundan Shah

Writers:

Ranjit Kapoor (dialogue), Satish Kaushik (dialogue) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Naseeruddin Shah ... Vinod Chopra
Ravi Baswani ... Sudhir Mishra
Bhakti Barve ... Shobha Sen
Satish Shah ... Municipal Commissioner D'Mello
Om Puri ... Ahuja
Pankaj Kapur ... Tarneja (as Pankaj Kapoor)
Satish Kaushik ... Ashok
Neena Gupta ... Priya
Deepak Qazir ... Asst. Mun. Comm. Srivastav
Rajesh Puri ... Kamdar
Zafar Sanjari Zafar Sanjari
Ashok Banthia Ashok Banthia ... Reporter
Uday Chandra
Harshad Gandhi Harshad Gandhi
Jaspal Sandhu Jaspal Sandhu
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Storyline

Vinod (Naseeruddin Shah) and Sudhir (Ravi Baswani) are two professional photographers trying to start a photo studio. The first real assignment that they get, from the activist magazine Khabardar (literally meaning beware), draws them into the shady world of Bombay real estate. They discover that one of the biggest builders in Bombay, Tarneja, is trying to bribe Municipal Commissioner D'Mello (Satish Shah) into giving him a bridge contract. Meanwhile D'Mello is negotiating with Tarneja's arch rival Ahuja (Om Puri). The contract is finally awarded to a third person. By chance Vinod and Sudhir find out that Tarneja has murdered D'Mello... Written by <bagchi@jhu.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

12 August 1983 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The names of the two lead characters played by 'Naseeruddin Shah' and 'Ravi Baswani' are references to the names of the production controller, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, and the assistant director, Sudhir Mishra, both of whom went on to become well-known Hindi movie directors. See more »

Quotes

Municipal Commissioner D'Mello: [while eating a cake] Eat a little, throw a little.
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Referenced in Shool (1999) See more »

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Good guys always lose
28 August 2003 | by birdoberoiSee all my reviews

Two simple photographers, trying to eke out an honest living, caught in a web of scandal and deceit.

Fantastic direction, outstanding plot, brilliant script, phenomenal casting and amazing acting. This movie has you laughing till the last scene, which is when the laughter is wrenched from your throat!

The movie has great attention to detail. For example, the scene when monkey is being photographed, look into the mirror in his hand. You actually see Tarneja in a checked jacket and gun in hand. Which leads to the single biggest flaw: no gunshot heard?

But that may be forgiven. The comedy is unending!!! For example, the Dhritrashtra, still blind, saying "This is too much! Yeh Akbar kahaan se aa gaya?"... Or Tarneja and Ahuja entering the Mahabharat in complete costumes, but still wearing their specs and sunglasses respectively! That, to my mind, is the single longest comic scene in Hindi cinema!

The laughs do not stop!!! It stays, to date, the best tragi-comedy ever!


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