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Pratibandh (1990)

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Born in an orphanage, brought up by his strict and unrelenting school-master, Satyendra Sharma, young Siddhanth has not been shown any love or kindness in his entire life. Now he is grown ... See full summary »

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Born in an orphanage, brought up by his strict and unrelenting school-master, Satyendra Sharma, young Siddhanth has not been shown any love or kindness in his entire life. Now he is grown up and is a Sub-Inspector with Bombay Police and continues to live a solitary and detached life, giving to the world what the world has given him - cruelty and loneliness. When Jeevan Ram loses his election to Home Minister, Hirawat Chowdhary, he threatens to expose him. Before he could initiate legal proceedings, his dead body is found on a railway track, this is treated as a case of suicide and his file is closed. Then a young woman, a toy vendor by the name of Shanti, comes forward and claims that she is a witness to Jeevan's murder. Siddhanth protects her, even shelters and marries her, just to ensure her safety. By doing this he has offended the powers that be, none other than his former school master, who is now the State's Chief Minister, the Home Minister, his superior officer the D.I.G., an ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Another Typical One Man Against The System Type Movie Partially Salvaged By Juhi Chawla
1 June 2010 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

'Pratibandh' introduces Chiranjeevi to Hindi cinema. He was otherwise known as 'superstar' of Telegu cinema even though he's a terrible actor. 'Pratibandh' is also the film that saved Juhi Chawla's career. After 'Qayamat se Qayamat Tak', the actress desperately needed a hit to salvage her career. she had even ended up doing B-grade roles in forgettable movies until 'Pratibandh' which was later followed by a string of successful films that solidified her as a star.

Now the premise isn't anything new but I still think this had potential to be a gripping political thriller. Had it been made 10 years later then things may have been different. As of now, the movie has a B-grade feel to it (which is typical of most Hindi films that were made in the 80s and 90s). Flat cinematography, poor sound effects and awful lighting are examples of its bad execution. The dialogues are terribly clichéd and the ending is so over the top that it ruins the entire movie. Make sure your remote control's fast forward button is working.

'Pratibandh' is good in parts. Most of Juhi Chawla's sequences are worth the watch just for her terrific performance. She is simply superb as Shanti, a toy seller who finds herself charged with murder. She is rescued by Siddhanth from being convicted. Chiranjeevi is good when he's restrained but laughably bad otherwise. Kulbushan Kharbanda is adequate as the villain but whoever the actor is that plays the chief bad guy, I really wanted to beat the crap out of him. Easily one of the worst actors in the world (I'm not exaggerating).

Ravi Raja Pinisetty's direction is quite terrible. With a better director and writer this could have been something. Still, it's not a complete waste as Juhi's performance saves it from being a total dud.


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