Krantiveer – The Revolution

Raising a strong voice against the system, corrupt netas, dishonest cops, fraudulent land sharks and the corrupt practices in general has been a fav subject of dream merchants in Bollywood. Mehul Kumar’s KRANTIVEER [Nana Patekar, Dimple Kapadia] is best remembered, among other things, for Nana’s fiery performance and his outburst in the finale, when he’s about to be hanged in public. I distinctly recall, the single screens [there weren’t multiplexes then] reverberated with ceetees and taalis when Nana delivered those acidic lines. KRANTIVEER – THE REVOLUTION remains faithful to the core issue. This time, it’s Nana and Dimple’s screen daughter Jahan who takes the onus of fighting the politicians, land sharks and corporate honchos who take the common man for a royal ride. That’s not all, Jahan even ‘awakens’ a harassed housewife who is assaulted in full public view by her errant husband. Quite a hothead!KRANTIVEER worked for various reasons, but a strong reason was it being amongst the early films to raise a voice against injustice and malpractices.

Post KRANTIVEER, there has been a barrage of films that have followed a similar path. That’s why KRANTIVEER – THE REVOLUTION, despite the right intentions, doesn’t stand out. However, the provocative dialogue and the reference to 26/11 do catch your attention in its second half. The young daughter of the man responsible for the last revolution, Pratap [Nana Patekar], is now wielding the power of media as a fearless journalist. Roshni has inherited not only the courage and sting of her legendary father, but also the spirited lingo and the indomitable style. Roshni acts as a pivot of the revolution and gets along her determined neighbour Vishal [Sameer Aftab] and college mates Uday [Harsh Rajput] and Goldie [Aditya Singh Rajput]. The story takes all of them on a mission to rid the present society of the evils, a revolution for cleaning the system. While the plotline is easy to guess, the execution of a few sequences do make a difference. Veteran Mehul Kumar handles the plot like a complete expert, more so towards the second hour, which has some engrossing moments. Sachin-Jigar’s music is okay, with the birthday song being the pick of the lot. Jahan delivers a fiery performance and remains true to her character. She does a wonderful job. Sameer Aftab is decent. Aditya and Harsh are okay. Govind Namdeo and Mukesh Tiwari enact their villainous parts with ease. Ashok Samarth stands out in the confrontation sequence after the interval. Farida Jalal [as Jahan’s granny] is as usual. Hiten Paintal is competent. Aman Verma plays the lecherous corporate bigwig well. Ranjeet, Darshan Jariwala, Avtar Gill and Suhasini Mulay feature in brief roles.

On the whole, KRANTIVEER – THE REVOLUTION is an ordinary fare, which is for the hardcore masses.

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