Actress: Tena Desae
Genre: Action, Comedy
Release Date: 19th August, 2011
Cast: Parvin Dabas, Anupam Kher, Sharat Saxena, Vansh Bharadwaj, Tena Desae, Kiron Joneja Sippy, Ashish Nayyar, Kuldeep Ruhil, Yashpal Sharma, Neena Kulkarni, Udit Khurana
Writer/Director: Parvin Dabas
Producer: Preeti Jhangiani
Rajbir (Parvin Dabas), a goon who has just been released from jail, takes up the cause of farmers’ land acquisition, against the diktat of his boss (Sharath Saxena). Rajbir and his cronies kidnap the son of the chief minister to blackmail the government. What happens next? Read the review of Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande to find out.
Business rating: 1/5 star
Star cast: Parvin Dabas, Vansh Bhardwaj, Ashish Nayyar, Kuldeep Ruhil, Sharat Saxena, Kiron Juneja Sippy, Yashpal Sharma, Anupam Kher.
What’s Good: Pravin Dabas’ performance; some comedy scenes.
What’s Bad: The scattered screenplay; the disappointing climax; the absence of hit music; the recurring dips in the drama; the slow pace.
Verdict: Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande is an ordinary fare. It will not do much at the box-office.
Loo break: Several.
Watch or Not?: Watch it because it is an honest attempt.
Very Fishy Films’ Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande is the story of a goonda who has a change of heart when the government tries to unfairly acquire land in his village.
Rajbir (Parvin Dabas) is released from prison after a year’s incarceration in an extortion case. He joins his gang members, Sexy (Vansh Bhardwaj), Ambani (Ashish Nayyar), Doctor (Kuldeep Ruhil) and their boss, Fauji (Sharat Saxena). Rajbir treats Fauji like his father. Rajbir’s girlfriend, Neha (Tena Desae), is getting married to somebody else. Rajbir’s aunt (Neena Kulkarni) is unhappy with Rajbir’s wayward ways. Soon, Rajbir learns that the government is planning to acquire farmers’ lands in his and the neighbouring two villages. He is concerned about the issue but continues working as a goon nevertheless as he has confrontations with an opposing gang.
In reality, the chief minister of the state, Jaya Gulati (Kiron Juneja Sippy), has made a deal with an industrialist, Aggarwal (Anupam Kher), under which she has promised to give him possession of the land by Diwali. Aggarwal is worried that a few farmers are opposing his acquisition move by sitting on a dharna under the leadership of a social activist, Malik (Yashpal Sharma), as the same could cause trouble for him. The CM then contracts Fauji for a sum of Rs. 3 crore to disrupt Malik’s dharna, as well as other protests in the two other villages. Fauji, who dreams of running for the post of an MLA, wants the money at any cost and is, therefore, keen to complete the task. He promises Rajbir Rs. one crore and orders him to enlist the support of a goon from the neighbouring village also. But Rajbir has a change of heart and decides to support the cause of the farmers. He pays off the other goon to support the farmers’ agitation instead of disrupting it. Later on, even Fauji’s warnings to the farmers go unheeded as he is booed out of a dharna. Sexy and Ambani are worried about their possible fate if Fauji were to find out the reality about their support for the farmers. On the other hand, Doctor wholeheartedly supports Rajbir. Soon, as the date of the land transfer approaches, the foursome comes up with an ingenious plan to make the government bow down to the wishes of the farmers. They kidnap the CM’s son, Hitu (Udit Khurana). The task is a rather easy one as Hitu, who detests his mother’s politics, roams around unguarded like a commoner. The CM again seeks Fauji’s help to seek out her son’s kidnappers and secure his release. Hitu, who agrees with Rajbir’s cause but not his ways, manages to give them a slip even as they are negotiating with the CM. Rajbir then has no option but to openly support Malik’s tirade against the government. But Fauji realises that Rajbir has been cheating him all along and he kills Malik. What happens next? What does Fauji do in retaliation? Are Rajbir and the boys able to do their bit for the farmers’ movement and stop the land acquisition? What about the CM and her son? The climax answers these questions.
Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande Review – Script Analysis
Parvin Dabas’ story had the potential to be an all-out entertainer but the attempt to merge the comedy and issue-based genres does not work out well in the final product. The screenplay (by Parvin Dabas and Sanyukta Shaikh Chawla) has more lows than highs. The scenes where Rajbir’s gang confronts the enemy gang are entertaining and funny, but the tracks of the relationship between Neha and Rajbir and between the CM and her son, add to the boredom. Although the film’s duration is just over two hours, it seems longer because of this. Also, the attempt to bring to life the farmers’ struggle against forced land acquisition, as noble as it might be, does not add much to the entertainment quotient. The worst part is that both the main tracks of the story – Rajbir’s struggle within the gang, and the farmers’ struggle – conclude in such a farcical manner in the climax that the viewer feels cheated. No amount of slow-motion and colour-coded action sequences in the end can change that reality.
There are a few loopholes in the screenplay. Why does the chief minister offer to pay Fauji as huge a sum as Rs. 3 crore for breaking a dharna by just a dozen-odd old farmers? Why does Fauji, who is shown to be a shrewd man otherwise, not get a whiff of Rajbir’s treachery when the latter is plotting his downfall behind his back? These questions remain unanswered. The dialogues, by Sanyukta Shaikh Chawla, are average at most places but good in the gang confrontation scenes.
Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande Review – Star Performances
Parvin Dabas does well in the lead role. Vansh Bhardwaj, Ashish Nayyar and Kuldeep Ruhil are okay in their poorly written roles. Tena Desae has little to do. Sharat Saxena and Yashpal Sharma stand out with stellar performances. Kiron Juneja Sippy is alright as the chief minister. Neena Kulkarni does well. Anupam Kher has a bit role and is good. Vipin Sharma fills the bill. Udit Khurana cannot act at all. Priti Jhangiani has a bit role.
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