City of Mumbai is vibrant and the common man does not get time to take a ‘break’ at all. He is indifferent by force and not by choice. Many terror threats and incidents have not demotivated the ‘common man’ to go to his office as usual by the ‘crowded’ local train the very next day after the incident. He is quite courageous, again by force, and I think this must be case in any other major metropolitan city ( same in ‘NY’ ? )!
What happens when one ‘common man’ takes law in to his hands and tricks the potent (?) police force, intelligence agency, CM, Media and all others to prove his cause? That is what the story is about.The imagination of the director and the screen play is wonderful. The film is totally shot in Mumbai! I have net Naseeruddin Shah at Mood Indigo at IIT Powai many years back, in the year 1983, with Ratna Phatak Shah ( She married Naseer later) and her mother Dina Phatak when I watched “Jasma Odhan” stage played by them. Naseer is very unassuming and we discussed the play and I took his autograph too, being a fan of his acting.
Anupam Kher and Naseer are shouldering this movie in total and their histrionics and command over Hindi and Urdu as language is well displayed. The concept and purpose of the movie is well placed amongst a discerning audience to highlight the plight of common man in Mumbai – where living has become difficult resultant of the growing indifference amongst people.
Even, Jimmy Shergill has done well in the movie making his role memorable.
The same movie was remade by Actor Kamalhassan in Tamil called “Yaaro Oruvan”. I have seen the movie in both languages but the ‘original’ hindi movie is far better.