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Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho! (1984)

An old couple, Mohan Joshi (Bhisham Sahni) and his wife (Dina Pathak), sues their landlord (Amjad Khan) for not maintaining their 'collapsing' apartment building. For this, they hire two ... See full summary »

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Mohan Gokhale
Rohini Hattangadi
Pankaj Kapur
Amjad Khan ...
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Deepti Naval
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Joshi's Wife
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Mohan Joshi
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An old couple, Mohan Joshi (Bhisham Sahni) and his wife (Dina Pathak), sues their landlord (Amjad Khan) for not maintaining their 'collapsing' apartment building. For this, they hire two cunning lawyers (Naseeruddin Shah and Satish Shah), while Rohini Hattangadi is the opposition lawyer. The court case drags on for years and the lawyers milk the old couple dry, while they become rich. Back home in the society, the old couple is ridiculed for fighting the landlord, but they fight on nevertheless. In the end, when the judge comes to check the condition of the chawl, the landlord's men prop up the place, thus convincing the judge that all is well. Finally, Joshi gathers all his strength and pulls down the temporary supports put up by the men causing the building to collapse on himself. Written by Anonymous

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Great Satire on Judicial System
24 August 2014 | by (India) – See all my reviews

There are some films which have not to be missed, When bBllywood was busy doing song and dance, with big stars.etc some filmmakers dared to go beyond stereotype. Naseeruddin Shah started his career with such films The film tells a story of troubled residents of a chawl, namely Mohan Joshi and his wife who complain against their builder for not repairing their building, their lawyers(played by Naseer and Satish Shah) both are cunning lawyers. The film is a good satire on judicial system and works well, it shows us how the games are played and how cases are delayed for years. All done in tongue and cheek format. The film ends too in a different manner then expected.

Direction is superb There are no songs in the film and it helps

Naseeruddin Shah plays the wig wearing cunning lawyer brilliantly with a superb comic timing, Satish Shah supports him ably Bhishma Sahni is superb, Dina Pathak is fab, Deepti Naval is awesome Amjad Khan is awesome, Pankaj Kapur is superb as the Promoter, his partner supports him well, rest are all good We have Avtar Gill and many more doing good cameos.


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