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JANE BHI DO YAARON


Batches of talented students were coming out of Pune's Film and Television Institute, their heads brimming with ideas. Kundan Shah was one of them, and with him on his first film, were his friends from the Institute.

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, like most films produced by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), was not an immediate success, because it did not get a wide release. But it launched many careers, and went on to head the list of the best comedies made in India.

Vinod Chopra (Naseeruddin Shah) and Sudhir Mishra (Ravi Vaswani) are two professional photographers trying to start a photo studio. They get their first proper assignment from the investigative magazine Khabardar, with Shobha (Bhakti Barve) as its editor.

In the course of their work, they discover that one of the biggest builders in Bombay, Tarneja (Pankaj Kapoor) is trying to bribe Municipal Commissioner D'Mello (Satish Shah) into giving him a contract for a flyover. D'Mello is also negotiating with Tarneja's arch rival Ahuja (Om Puri).

Quite by chance Vinod and Sudhir get a photo that shows that Tarneja has murdered D'Mello. The body goes missing, however, and it turns up at the drunken Ahuja's house. They locate the cadaver take pictures of it and take it with them in the hope of exposing Tarneja.

Between one comic incident and another, Vinod and Sudhir are on the run with the corpse, with Tarneja, Ahuja, the new Municipal Commissioner Srivastava (Deepak Qazir), Shobha and others in pursuit, resulting in a hilarious chase that ends up in a memorable climax at a Mahabharat nautanki performance, where the hapless corpse is dressed as Draupadi.

The film was a non-stop laugh riot, which also included an anti-corruption message. Nearly a quarter of a century later, it remains as fresh and as entertaining as ever.


Director
Kundan Shah

Star Cast
Naseruddin Shah...... Vinod Chopra
Bhakti Barve...... Shobha
Ravi Baswani...... Sudhir Mishra
Satish Shah...... Com. D'Mello
Neena Gupta...... Priya
Om Puri...... Ahuja
Pankaj Kapoor...... Tarneja
Satish Kaushik...... Ashok
Deepak Qazir...... Municipal Commissioner Srivastava
Rajesh Puri...... Kamdar
Jaspal Sandhu
Uday Chandra
Vidhu Vinod Chopra...... Dushasana
Ashok Banthia
Sudhir Mishra...... Reporter (uncredited)
Ajay Wadhavkar
Kenny Desai

Music Director
Vanraj Bhatia

Cinematography
Binod Pradhan

Art
Rajaram
Robin Das

Editor
Renu Saluja

Screenplay
Kundan Shah
Sudhir Mishra

Sound
Sudhir Mishra
Suresh Paswan
Renu Saluja

Dialogue
Ranjit Kapoor
Satish Kaushik

Costume
Sujatha

Story / Writer
Kundan Shah
Sudhir Mishra
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