Gardish (1993)

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Shiva is being groomed to become a policeman just like his father Purshottam Sathe. When his father refuses to let the son of a local MLA illegally park his car, Purshottam is transferred ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Shiva P. Sathe
Purshotam Kashinath Sathe
Farida Jalal ...
Lakshmi P. Sathe
Mukesh Rishi ...
Billa Jilani
Prithviraj Bhalla
Asrani ...
Shiva's brother-in-law
Suresh Oberoi ...
Inspector Saini
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aishwarya ...
Vidya P. Bhalla (as Iswarya)
Shagufta Ali ...
Dancer (Rang Rangeeli Raat)
Rakesh Bedi
Manishbhai Harishbhai
Ananth Narayan Mahadevan ...
Havaldar Sawant (as Anant Mahadevan)
Amit Mohan


Shiva is being groomed to become a policeman just like his father Purshottam Sathe. When his father refuses to let the son of a local MLA illegally park his car, Purshottam is transferred to the dangerous basti of Kala Chowk. When his father is beaten by henchmen of the local crimelord, Shiva steps in to help. However his defeating of the crimelord and his men has an untoward result. Shiva is hailed as the new crimelord and criminals start collecting protection money in his name. Written by

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Exceptionally good!
7 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gardish is a relief from the usual Bollywood masala movies where the plot is just an excuse for the hero to take on the bad guys and beat them black and blue. This film has a strong plot, good music, slick editing and good cinematography.

The story revolves around Shiva (Jackie Shroff) whose father's (Amrish Puri)dream is to see him become a police officer. However, circumstances compel Shiva to cross paths with a local thug Billa Jilani (Mukesh Rishi). One day while Billa beats up Shiva's father, Shiva decides to take matters into his own hands and beats up Billa severely, sending him to the hospital. While in the hospital, Billa contemplates taking revenge against Shiva and once he gets out of the hospital, he begins to terrorize the whole village and Shiva's family. Will Shiva take a stand against Billa or will he act according to his father's principles, putting his dreams of becoming a police officer to the fore?

The story is very well told and Priyadarshan did a really good job of keeping the viewer involved. I didn't know that Priyadarshan can direct an action film and that too with a good story and acting.

Jackie Shroff unquestionably gives the best performance of his career after Parinda. He proves that he is a director's actor and Priyadarshan succeeds in bringing the best out of him. Amrish Puri is excellent as Jackie's confused father and he proves yet again that he can carry off not just the negative but also the positive roles with aplomb. He has very large, expressive eyes conveying anger, sadness and fear painstakingly. Dimple Kapadia is also good as the prostitute and her last scene is heart wrenching. Raj Babbar succeeds in creating an impression in just a guest appearance.

Overall, Gardish is a good and thoughtful film. If you like meaningful cinemas, then this movie is for you to watch.

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