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Ghaath Review

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Can watch again
Good for kids
Good for dates
Wait for OTT
Missed that blockbuster called Sholay? Want to see the contemporary version of that Desi Western? Go buy yourself a ticket of Ghaath and meet an honest police officer (Om Puri) done in by a villain, Mamu, and his sidekick, Inspector Godbole. At last, his protégé, Krishna, who has earlier doubted his integrity for not protecting him from the villains, settles all the scores for him.

Though the conceptualization reminds you of Sholay, the similarity ends there. Ghaath is too violent even by the standards of a Manoj Bajpai film. The gore and a wandering storyline make a possibly good film in to a lengthy one, a proper masala aimed at a box office hit, in which there is revenge, the Johnny Walker brand of comedy, the romantic touch, yaarana and the familial love.

As for the story line, you have to just remember Ankush, Arjun, all the Manoj Bajpai films so far, with a bit of Satyakam thrown in, to predict all that you are going to watch. Krishna Patil (Manoj Bajpai, in a heavily typecast and repetitive role), son of an honest officer, has been a kind of an orphan. After his mother's death, the shell-shocked father, Ramakant (Anupam Kher, in a sensitive role), has left him to fend for himself, emotionally. His finds solace in a sister dear, his gang of friends, and his big, childhood dream of being a great police officer. But the system, against which the film rails so much, makes a scapegoat of him. Despite being a topper, he is sacrificed to accommodate a well-heeled candidate.

More disappointments follow. Life is real harsh for him. Always one to take the side of the righteous, he gets himself in to trouble with the corrupt police and the villain. His only support and strength is an idealistic lawyer, Kavita (Tabu in a brilliant performance as ever). But their group of the do-gooders cannot save the honest commissioner when he takes up cudgels against a corrupt builder, protected by Mamu and Godbole. Kavita loses the case against the villains. They nevertheless manage to malign the commissioner's daughter. This last straw breaks their resolve to abide by the impotent law. They take it in to their hand. What happens next? Does Ramakant Patil ever support anyone? Watch Ghaath for the answers that you can somehow guess.

The film shows how a good theme can be ruined by padding it with silly song sequences (the funniest is Kavita imagining love, or rather sex, when Krishna is almost on deathbed) and the Raveena Tandon kind of "friendly appearances". In fact, till the interval, nothing happens, as the director is too busy introducing the very many characters and their relationships.

Then the scriptwriter realizes that even when the audience can guess the story, it is necessary to develop it. So, he wraps it up in to a finale that has everything in to it: a critique of the system, a bit of the Bombay Khairnar drama, an attack on the corrupt police and so on. As the focus is so miserably lacking, superb performances by the entire crew cannot really help.

The biggest problem in the film is with its division of the good and the bad. The villains are bad beyond belief, while the good get it in the neck beyond tolerance. In brief, watch the film if you do not mind spending three hours watching a frame to frame repeat performance of all sorts.
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  • Cast
    Manoj Bajpai, Tabu, Om Puri, Sheeba, Johnny Lever, Anupam Kher, Tinu Anand, Raveena Tandon
  • Director
    Akash Deep
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
Can watch again - Yes
Good for kids - No
Good for dates - Yes
Wait for OTT - Yes
Yogesh Verma on 17th Jul 2011, 10:12am | Permalink
The movie is strictly for Tabu fans. She and Manoj Bajpai create a sizzling chemistry in the movie.
She plays the character of Kavitha, a single, young and beautiful lawyer. She happens to meet Krishna Patil (played by Manoj Bajpai), an unemployed youth who tries to woo her.
Krishna aspires to become a police inspector but fails to secure the job due to corruption in the system. In frustration, he decides to take law in his own hands.
Kavitha supports him throughout in his mission. Being an intelligent lawyer , she saves his life on two occassions when he was just about to get killed in police encounters.
Krishna finds solace in Kavitha's arms and they get into relationship. Their brewing romance set the screen on fire. Having lost her father recently, Kavitha stays alone which gives an opportunity for Krishna to frequent her house get intimate with her. The passionate love moments are awesome. She even bears his child in the end.

Pros: Sizzling Chemistry between Tabu and Manoj Bajpai
Cons: Too much Melodrama
Yogesh Verma on 12th Apr 2013, 12:00pm | Permalink
A better review is as below.....

Tabu essays the role of Kavita Choudhary, a young, free spirited, beautiful, intelligent and successful lawyer. Having lost her mother at a very tender age, she stays with her father who happens to be a retired police officer. She has no siblings and not many relatives either. She is very emotionally attached to her father and upon his sudden demise feels very sad and lonely. She stays all alone in a huge mansion built by her late father. She is rich and has a budding career, but still experiences a certain void in her life.
One day, through a common friend, she happens to meet Krishna Patil (Manoj Bajpai), a poor, uneducated, unemployed and short tempered youth, who stayed in a nearby chawl along with his father (Anupam Kher) and elder sister (Sheeba).
Krishna is irresistibly attracted to Kavita and starts fantasizing about her. Though he knows that she is far out of his league, he still tries to woo her. Looking for someone to share her loneliness with, Kavita does not thwart his advances. Though she is fully aware that Krishna may not be a suitable match for her, given his mediocre looks, poor family background, jobless status and lack of personal hygiene, but she still accepts him as her boyfriend. Krishna is overjoyed and can’t believe his luck that such a gorgeous, wealthy and sophisticated girl could agree to get into a relationship with him. He certainly had struck gold and takes full advantage of her vulnerability. Since Krishna is unemployed and has a lot of free time at his disposal and since Kavita stayed alone in her house, it gives him ample opportunity to frequent her house and spend quality time with her.
Despite sincere attempts, Krishna fails to secure a job. He even tries to enter into cable TV business but his is again unsuccessful. All his efforts to get into an occupation prove futile. Instead of analyzing his own shortcomings, he blames corruption and politicians for his failure. In his desperation and frustration he picks up petty fights with a bus conductor and local goons and gets reprimanded for the same. However, each time he is disturbed, he finds solace in Kavita’s arms. She feels sorry for him and supports him unconditionally through his failures. He also suffers other misfortunes like accidental death of his elder sister and brother-in-law (Arshad Warsi).
Once Krishna gets into the wrong side of the law and is about to get encountered by a police officer when Kavita rushes to the police station to bail him out just in time. Krishna, who is severely beaten up by the cop is unable to even walk properly. Kavita takes him to her house and offers medical assistance. That night, she is filled with feelings of compassion for Krishna and allows him to get intimate with her. A desperate and frustrated Krishna, successfully impregnates her.
The next day, Krishna suffers further setbacks when he realizes that two his friends have been encountered by police. He decides to avenge the police officers, politicians and goons responsible for their death. He manages to kill most of them while losing his life in the battle. After his death, Kavita does have the option to terminate her pregnancy and start a new life, but she decides to give birth to Krishna’s child and look after it. Krishna’s father agrees to support her in this mission. They can only hope that the child is not as unlucky and unsuccessful as Krishna.
The seductive chemistry between Manoj & Tabu sets the screen on fire. There are two highlights in the movie. One is the song “Hum Bhi Samajh Rahein Hai” in which Manoj is shown wooing Tabu. A rain sequence in the song gets the audience’s pulse racing. The second highlight of the move is the song “ Teri Aashiqui Meri Zindagi” beautifully rendered by Pankaj Udhas and Alka Yagnik. The song is choreographed brilliantly and depicts human nature to near perfection. In the song, Manoj tries to forcefully get intimate with Tabu while she resists his advances. So, he gets impatient and pulls off the pallu of her saree, exposing her short blouse and midriff. He then goes ahead and kisses her stomach. Further towards the end of the song, the audiences miss a heartbeat or two when Manoj forces Tabu to the ground and thrusts himself on her and engages in foreplay. This sequence is clipped midway keeping censor board approval in mind, but we can’t miss the portion, when Tabu is struggling to free herself from Manoj who on top of her has his legs crossed with hers. Finally, Tabu succumbs to the pressure exerted by him and gives in. She is then shown getting up and adjusting her pallu back again while Manoj forces her to sleep again. Truly divine.
I wish Tabu and Manoj did more films together. Their chemistry is awesome and beats other similar chemistries like Tabu-Nagarjuna, Tabu-Irfaan Khan, Raveena Tandon-Manoj Bajpai, Shilpa Shetty-Manoj Bajpai-Shamita Shetty etc.
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