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Who Pays the Piper (1983)
"Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro" (original title)

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Two friends, attempting to start-up their own photo studio, come across shady dealings, corruption and murder, and must fight to bring the guilty to light.

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Ravi Baswani ...
Sudhir Mishra
Bhakti Barve ...
Shobha Sen
Satish Shah ...
Municipal Commissioner D'Mello
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Ahuja
Pankaj Kapur ...
Tarneja (as Pankaj Kapoor)
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Ashok
Neena Gupta ...
Priya
Deepak Qazir ...
Asst. Mun. Comm. Srivastav
Rajesh Puri ...
Kamdar
Zafar Sanjari
Ashok Banthia ...
Reporter
Uday Chandra
Harshad Gandhi
Jaspal Sandhu
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Vinod (Naseeruddin Shah) and Sudhir (Ravi Baswani) are two professional photographers trying to start a photo studio. The first real assignment that they get, from the activist magazine Khabardar (literally meaning beware), draws them into the shady world of Bombay real estate. They discover that one of the biggest builders in Bombay, Tarneja, is trying to bribe Municipal Commissioner D'Mello (Satish Shah) into giving him a bridge contract. Meanwhile D'Mello is negotiating with Tarneja's arch rival Ahuja (Om Puri). The contract is finally awarded to a third person. By chance Vinod and Sudhir find out that Tarneja has murdered D'Mello... Written by <bagchi@jhu.edu>

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The two lead characters in the movie are named after the two assistants in the movie, Sudhir Mishra and Vidhu Vinod Chopra. See more »

Quotes

Ashok: You didn't listen to our conversation, did you?
Vinod Chopra: What?
Ashok: You didn't listen to our conversation, right?
Vinod Chopra: What?
Ashok: Aaaahh... Are You deaf?
Vinod Chopra: Yes, indeed!
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masterpiece
29 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Quite apart from its social satire, unimaginably ahead of its time for the dour early '80's Delhi, JBDY managed to bring together a slew of talent, Shah(s), Baswani, Kapoor, and of course the inimitable Puri 'Ahuja'. Folks over at NFDC still take the movie apart frame by frame, deconstructing its topical references and attempt to interpolate a social conscience to it. More than its concluding 'Draupadi vastraharan' scene, symbolic of the wretched disrobing of the Indian polity however, the film managed to make me cry out loud with laughter even as an impressionable twelve year old, merely for its slapstick content. This is a movie which gets better with every viewing, and reveals slick, symbolic and subversive undertones worthy of Kundan Shah's maverick vision.


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