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06-03-2010, 09:03 AM #1
Bollywood's best political dramas!
THE POWER GAME
‘In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times,’ goes a famous quotation. Politics, or rather the dirty underbelly of it, has remained a favourite punching bag for Bollywood filmmakers for years. Politicians in Hindi films are an inveterate corrupt lot that go to any lengths for their power trip.
Director Prakash Jha, known for his socio-political films like Damul (1984), Mrityudand (1997), and Gangaajal (2003) now comes up with Raajneeti, which is an exposé of the political world, a world where ambition and politics takes precedence over relationships.
So we thought it appropriate to look back at some of the memorable political dramas that have come from Bollywood. There are some cynical takes like the ones in Gulaal and Nayak, and then there are films like Yuva that reek of optimism.
Take a look.
HAZAARON KHWAISHEIN AISI
A love story set against the backdrop of political turmoil, National emergency and the naxal movement, director Sudhir Mishra’s film Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (April 2005) remains one of the best political dramas to have come out of Bollywood.
A moving story that invoked participation of youth in politics, ‘Yuva’ (May 2004), though a flop at box office, remains a cult movie among the fans of director Mani Ratnam. Anyway, the film turned Abhishek Bachchan’s career around for good.
Ajay Devgan played a fearless cop taking on the all powerful local politicians of Bihar. The story of 'Gangaajal' (April 2003) was inspired by the blinding incident in Bhagalpur when the police blinded a number of undertrials by pouring acid into their eyes.
Amitabh Bachchan played the all powerful patriarch who imparts justice on his own in this movie by Ram Gopal Varma. Both Sarkar (July 2005) and Sarkar Raj exposed the murky game of politics that is played by those hungry for power.
‘Nayak’ (September 2001) starred Anil Kapoor as a TV reporter who gets a chance to become the chief minister of a state for a day. The intrepid new CM not just changes the system in a single day but also exposes the corruption of former CM’s (Amrish Puri) government.
A tale of clash of political ideologies, sedition, college politics and sibling rivalry, ‘Gulaal’, directed by Anurag Kashyap, was a gritty, hard hitting drama. Kay Kay Menon played a local Rajput spearheading a separatist movement.
Rann (2010), the battlefield, provided up a peek into the working of the media and how it becomes a tool in the hand of politicians. In the movie, Amitabh Bachchan played a media figure who upholds journalistic ethics. Paresh Rawal played a corrupt politician who wants to be the PM of the country.
Starring a host of actors including Katrina Kaif, Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Ajay Devgan, Raanjeeti is the story of a fiercely fought election campaign, where money-power and corruption are the accepted norms, and where treachery and manipulation are routinely used weapons. As the personal drama of the story’s conflict-ridden characters unfolds, love and friendship become mere baits, and relationships get sacrificed at the altar of political alignments....being a human...