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Bloody Northies!!!

By Joybrato Dutta

northies in bangalore

That’s what I heard most of the time in the span of 3 years that I stayed in Bangalore. A small-town guy by birth, I moved to Bangalore to pursue higher education. Well, I guess that’s what 90% of all small town aspirants do. So, is that a mistake? It turned out to be one. Since our (Northies) first day we were told that, this city is not our home and it can never be. We are not allowed to ‘disrespect’ any ‘Localite’, or date a local chick.

All that was taken into consideration, but there was one important thing we didn’t know. “We aren’t supposed to perform well”! In case you did, your teachers will make sure it doesn’t show in your results. Of course we all passed.

Coming back to the “Disrespecting a Localite” part. One of my Northie counterpart pushed a Khatta (that’s how we addressed them) while playing ‘pitto’. Inculcated with ethics my friend helped him get up. But, what does he get in return? A couple of abuses and a slight mishandling of the collar. Now, we small town guys can tolerate every bloody insult, but, someone holding our ‘Girebaan’ is something we can’t stand.

The result: A fight for dignity and self respect. Bruised faces, uprooted shrubs, torn T-shirts, a fractured thumb and a couple of half-murder cases followed. One of my friend got 17 fractures in his thumb and till today (incident happened 4 years back) struggles to bend his thumb.

We thought we won the fight, but we failed to realise the fight wasn’t over. 2 hours before his first semester exam my friend (with a fractured thumb) was denied a writer. All of us were denied a place in the hostel. Most importantly since then whenever anything went wrong we were called for interrogation, doesn’t matter if you weren’t in town. “Saaley humey talcum powder samajh ke rakhe the, jab khujli hui bula liya” (Courtesy – Sanjay Gupta’s Kaante).

I don’t really hate the city because it gave me fantastic friends and taught me many lessons. They have their reason for their actions. They are jealous of the fact that we achieve as much as they do in their hometown. They feel that because of us, many of their people are unemployed. Most importantly the population density has increased. May be they have a point, but don’t they do the same. I refuse to believe that none of them move out of their cities for a better future. How can we point at the western nations for being racially biased when the same shit happens in our country?

John Abraham Redeems Himself in Shootout at Wadala


Plot (3 stars)

A bright student scores 78% in college. He holds certain ideals close to his heart. For instance, he never cheats in exams. He has good prospects and dreams of becoming a respectable serviceman. However, his life takes a tragic turn when he is framed for murder by a policeman. He and his step-brother get a life sentence. It is then that Manohar Arjun Surve, a simple boy from Mumbai, turns into a lethal criminal Manya Surve who challenges the authority of the police and the dominance of Dawood Ibrahim to rule the Mumbai underworld!

The film dramatizes the 1982 encounter of the Mumbai Police in which Manya Surve was shot dead near Dr. Ambedkar College in Wadala. While taking inspiration from the 1982 incident and S. Hussain Zaidi’s Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia, Director Sanjay Gupta has taken a lot of liberties with the storyline. Furthermore, the film does not delve into the psyche of gangsters. However, what is does brilliantly is imprint the image of the forgotten anti-hero in the minds of its audience.

The sepia-tinted camera lens creates the ambience of the 70s-80s quite brilliantly. The polka dots and the huge shades evoke the old world magic. The background score is crafted for that bygone era.

Guns and gore galore, sprinkled with a strong dose of sex – Gupta does not really exhibit ambition beyond pleasuring the audience. However, with his forte in adapting tales and giving it a desi turn, he has made quite a blood-soaked entertainer. The explosive climax is a fitting end of this crime drama and makes up for the slow motion sequences.

Cast and Performance (4 stars)


Sanjay Gupta’s choice of star is definitely commendable. John Abraham seems tailor-made for this role. Emotionally vulnerable but shrewd, hard-hearted but an ardent lover – John has imbibed all the passions of the character of Manya Surve, and unfurled it to his viewers with his heart and soul. Be it emptying the bullets or mouthing swear words (which was done in generous quantities throughout the movie) or making love with his love, Vidya – John has given his all to each of these traits. Whoever believed that acting is not his forte, John has left them with no option but to change their mind!

Kangana-RanautKangana Ranaut was a good fit in the role of John’s lover, Vidya. After having played a criminal’s moll in Gangster and Once Upon a Time in Mumbai she is definitely a pro. Tusshar Kapoor, in the character of the trustworthy sidekick Sheikh Munir, has done a good job.

Among the men in uniform, Anil Kapoor as ACP Afaaque Bhagraan, has proven himself to be a veteran. His attempt at capturing the gangster and his inner turmoil at the knowledge that he has not been doing justice to his uniform is palpable. Mahesh Manjrekar, who boasts of several similar roles, and Ronit Roy support him quite well throughout the movie.

SAWManoj Bajpayee in the vile character of Zubair and Sonu Sood as Dilawar also deserves mention here. However, both of them have proved their mettle in several movies so their performance skills do not come as a surprise.



priyanka-chopra-badmash-babliDialogues (3 stars)

Writer Milaap Zaveri dialogues are corny and crass to say the least. However, it’s perfectly etched for a movie like this! The sharp dialogues have the ability to conjure up a riot of laughter in theatres.

Song Sequences (2 stars)

Why did Priyanka Chopra agree to do such a song? This is something most of us must have had in mind when we saw the movie. Among the loopholes, the item numbers were the most glaring of them all! Babli Badmaash, Laila and Aala Re Aala – all of them are sure to jar your aesthetics. The director has definitely gone overboard with these song sequences and then could have been easily done away with.