Ever since societal ills started gaining centerstage in Hindi films, you've
had angry young men bashing up baddies more or less single-handedly. Rarely,
however, have Hindi films come up with a hero who advocates the maxim "In our
unity lies our strength". This Sunil Shetty starrer is unique precisely because
of such a different resolution to the very many societal ills that plague our
Govind Narang (Sunil Shetty) is a decent enough fellow. He sacrifices his only
love in life, Sudha (Sushmita Sen), to protect the honor of his teacher's daughter
who was going to be a maa before marriage. But the crafty bahu makes
his and Sushmita's lives hell. Her ever-yelling brother poisons her when he
finds out the truth.
Govind comes to Bombay with his loving sister to get over the incident, and
here he unwittingly gets into a tussle with the worst goondas of the
metro when, the honorable gentleman that he is, he tries to save an Azadnagar
girl from their clutches. Thereafter, life becomes one big hell for him. But
he overcomes the goons, sorts out the local problems, and guides the community
into a harmonious togetherness.
But the goons strike again. And the victim of all these machinations is Govind's
sister. Not a single soul comes forward to help the pair. Govind issue a summons
against the colonywallahs, and there is the melodrama in the mandatory courtroom
scene convincing them that in unity lies the power to bash up the baddies.
Though the screening is a trifle lengthy, Yogesh Ishwar, not very well known,
has managed to shape out a credible enough formula. The Shetty persona is a
unique combination of the contemporary muscle man and the anaadi Raj
Kapoor - a simple, good-hearted country bum, forever ready to help out and a
pillar of strength. Sunil Shetty, despite his rather funny dialogue delivery,
manages to portray his role with conviction.
The film is also interesting because of the way women are portrayed. The usual
trashy triangle gives way to a good camaraderie when the cheerful and strikingly
pretty Namrata realizes whom Govind has all along truly loved. Sushmita gets
a unique role of a committed police officer who stays put despite the dishonor
meted out to her due to the cunning convenience of a frustrated woman.
All this message baazi is properly coated with all the usual entertaining
ingredients. So there's the standard comedy with the Madrasi -Punjabi mix-up.
The songs, which range from the traditional wedding song to the hip, disco number
are effectively shot. The technical aspects of this public awareness raiser
are efficient enough. In brief, a once-seeable film. It might just inspire you
to address unitedly the ills that plague our social sphere.