Shagird unfolds in the capital city of Delhi amidst the nexus of cops, politicians & the mafia. Crime Branch Officer Hanumant Singh - a respected yet feared officer whose tactics and ethics are questionable, mentors Mohit a new junior officer in his team. Their ideologies cross paths when a notorious gangster Bunty Bhaiya...more
Shagird unfolds in the capital city of Delhi amidst the nexus of cops, politicians & the mafia. Crime Branch Officer Hanumant Singh - a respected yet feared officer whose tactics and ethics are questionable, mentors Mohit a new junior officer in his team. Their ideologies cross paths when a notorious gangster Bunty Bhaiya enters the fray. Together, Hanumant Singh & Bunty Bhaiya work for a power hungry politician Rajmani Singh who uses all unethical means to rule the state. less
“Nana Patekar and Anurag Kashyap are back with a bang, literally! Shagird's a well written 'cop vs. bad guy' suspense & will keep you glued to your seats through all its unpredictable twists and turns.”
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Anybody remember Tigmanshu Dhulia ? The guy who gave us 'Haasil' in 2003. Immediately after watching this film, I went back and checked whether this one was only his second film since then. Turns out it wasn't, and I have some catching up to do (a lesser known film called 'Charas'). Why? Because 'Shagird' does exceptionally well on the benchmark that Dhulia had set for himself 8 years ago.
This film has it all - an amazingly twisted story, stellar performances, and superb direction and cinematography. Getting all of them together in a single film is no mean feat. The Director prefers to take his time in between each of his offering, which has been time well spent.
Nana Patekar as Crime Branch Inspector Hanumant Singh starts off killing bad men with aplomb, with shades of his encounter specialist act from 'Ab tak 56'. The persona is soon shattered as this new guy has simply no convictions whatsoever: He kills criminals who are flush with money and lack taste in Hindi film songs. This does leave his newly inducted subordinate Mohit 'James' Ahlawat a tad disoriented, who wants to be the perfect Shagird (pupil). Little does he realize that Hanumant is merely carrying out the duties of Minister Rajmani Singh (Zakir Hussain).
When Bunty Bhaiya (Anurag Kashyap), UP Gangster and Rajmani's henchman gets caught and is lodged in jail, Rajmani feels threatened and entrusts the task of killing him with Hanumant.
The film shows striking similarities in style with Haasil, which is a good thing because I simply love the former one, having watched it umpteen times. The Dialogues are again brilliant and suit the individual characters, with Patekar being particularly caustic in his choice of words while Kashyap and the policemen perfect proper Awadhi dialects. The soundtrack lends weight to the screenplay, while the cinematography is brilliant - Tigmanshu has been known to use locations to his advantage (Haasil was a treat for any Allahabadi resident). The entire panorama of contemporary Dilli is there for the taking: be it dimly lit bylanes of Chandni Chowk/Chawdi Bazaar or the various flyovers including Akshardham in the background. The car chases and encounters take place in front of glitzy office buildings or in the ridge areas. The only glitches that I could feel was the casting of a smart, computer savvy wife for a rustic Patekar. Also, the film was slightly long-ish, clocking approximately 140 minutes without any songs.
Not to be missed. And if you don't trust me (I am a Tigmanshu Dhulia fan who is going to collect the DVD and cherish it), trust Anurag Kashyap and watch him go one-on-one with Nana Patekar, and leave a lasting impression still.