First post of the decade. And we are looking back at the 80’s. No not the 90’s or the Noughties, but the 80’s. Coz that was when I was born. I AM a child of the 80’s.
Right, so I just got one big affirmative answer to the question of how many people love the Bollywood of 80’s. The answer of course is a Big-Ass YES!! I did this post on one of my most favourite cinema blogs called PassionForCinema.com [Please read the post if you haven’t. It’s titled : Essential Eighties -Tezaab (1988) ]. The post was a tribute to one of the milestone movies of the 80’s and most importantly the one that launched Madhuri Dixit to her Dancing Diva status – Tezaab. Much of that has already been discussed on the post, but more than that people have commented at length about how much they loved the 80’s[and the music associated with them]. I am absolutely thrilled to see the amount of fundoo trivia knowledge that these people have, and it makes me feel very happy to be in their company. While I will be discussing more on Tezaab in a follow up post on PFC, here I am continuing my ‘Khujlee’ on my long-forgotten Say What section. And this time, it is Tezaab ki baari.
Now be warned. This post contains language which could be too colourful for your taste.
And yes, spoilers if you haven’t watched the movie yet. [Never thought I would say that for a 1988 movie]
So, the Kahani begins like this. Shyamlal[Anupam Kher] pours Acid on plants. His daughter Mohini sings Ek Do Teen to make money. Shyamlal owes money to Lotiya Pathan. Lotiya Pathan kidnaps Mohini. Mohini’s lover – Munna is on a Tadipaar.. out of Bombay. But he’s still good at heart. He is the typical 80’s ka dude – much like Robin Hood – Less on personal hygiene, more on sympathy. And yeah! Kick the arse of villains with funny names – like Mukut Bihari. If villains in today’s era in Mumbai had such names, first of all they would have to deal with MNS and Shiv Sena
But Munna’s sister sends him an 80’s version of twitter message that Mohini is kidnapped.
And so Munna breaks the law [ yeah ..Judas Priest yeah \m/ ] and enters Bombay [yes Bombay, not Mumbai].
Meanwhile, Bombay Border Force Inspector Gagan (Suresh Oberoi) gets report of Munna’s illegal entry from the report.
Inspector Gagan stops him, and asks him why he got transformed from Mahesh Deshmukh to Tadipaar Munna.
FLASHBACK: Munna – during his Mahesh Deshmukh days. Proud to be the first in Navy Cadet Cup
Appa keeps his promise and gives money to Munna for a Tobu cycle Munna goes out happily to buy cycle when bank lootere enter.
But Appa and Amma are also very much ‘usoolo ke pakke’.. So they get gunned down by the maniac bank lootere .. in a spine chilling Bank robbery scene.. very Nolan-esque.. NOT!
Munna now attends college religiously so that he can become a Navy Admiral. So he scores highest .. in Psychology. The ladies are all over him.
Munna is also very analytical about his ‘Ladki Patao Formulae’
And his gang is very Bollywood Aware.
Not only that, they sing a RK films classic – Sun Sahiba Sun in a canteen whilst pwning a Marwari Seth
But Munna wants Mohini. And Nikita… wants Munna.
And finally, the jodi after “huge leaps” and no broken bones, end up together..
But Shyamlal and Lotiya Pathan mess up Munna’s life. Lotiya’s bro attempts to rape Jyoti, Munna’s sister, and Munna trying to rescue his sis, kills Lotiya’s bro. Munna is imprisoned [WTF???]
Now a lot of stuff happen during this period. Munna gets out. Guldasta gets involved. Munna gets wrongly accused again, and hence sent out of Bombay as a Tadipaar. And then Mohini kidnapped.
Munna sets a deal with Shyamlal. Munna rescues Mohini from Lotiya. And Munna, Baban and his gang sing “So Gaya Ye Jahaa” in Nitin Mukesh’s Surili Aawaz, while Shabbir playbacks Anil Kapoor and Anuradha Paudwal playbacks Madhuri Dixit.
Munna pretends to hate Mohini. Coz he wants her to be safe. Madhuri easily believes him. But Guldasta comes back and saves the day. Meanwhile, in a courtroom, Munna’s accusations get annulled. Aaah, what would Bollywood do without them… I mean courtrooms.
But wait, before all of that. Lotiya returns. And Baban wouldn’t let him touch Munna.
But oh noes, Lotiya is a badass.
Lotiya kills Baban, but allows Munna to have an emotional scene with him. And then Inspector Gagan comes in. Gives an awe-inspiring speech. And wants to see Man-On-Man action.
So it’s Munna vs. Lotiya.
But Lotiya screams out loud.
Lekin dekho kya ho gaya!! [But see what happened!!]
Some awesome editing in the fight scene. But as soon as Lotiya dies, the editor saahib said – Bas, bahut ho gaya ye nautanki. Seedha ……The End. Kinda like an 80’s signature climax. Abrupt and Yakayak..Achanak!!