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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.

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Sudhir Mishra
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Shobha Sen
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Municipal Commissioner D'Mello
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Ahuja
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Tarneja (as Pankaj Kapoor)
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Ashok
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Priya
Deepak Qazir ...
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Kamdar
Zafar Sanjari
Ashok Banthia ...
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Uday Chandra
Harshad Gandhi
Jaspal Sandhu
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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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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 »

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Municipal Commissioner D'Mello: [while eating a cake] Eat a little, throw a little.
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One of India's best comedies
20 June 1999 | by (Lawton, OK (USA)) – See all my reviews

This is one of India's best comedy movies. Well made, well directed, very well acted, the movies picks up more laughs as it develops and the climax is certainly the most hilarious. The theme is corruption in business, government and the media. Everybody is on the take, the Police Commissioner, the big bucks businessman, newspaper editor, etc.

Two hungry-for-work photo studio owners accidentally take the picture of a murder and then "all hell breaks loose". The climax at a small theater where "The Mahabharata" is being staged will have you in splits. Crime has never been so much fun. Yet the film never loses its edge, its cynicism of what happens in the real world. The good guys always win in the end, right? Yeah, right... See the movie. I have no doubt this is one of India's classic comedy films.


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