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Shaque (1976)

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Vinod Joshi lives a middle-class existence with his wife, Meena, and a young son. He would like to improve upon his living conditions and ensure that his child enjoys life thoroughly. One ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vinod Khanna ...
Vinod Joshi
Meena Joshi
Utpal Dutt ...
Maan Singh
Bindu ...
Durga Khote ...
Mrs. Bannerjee
Farida Jalal ...
Mrs. Subramaniam
Nirmala Mathan
Omkar ...
(as Onkar)
Ninad Deshpande
Ramji Koli
Arvind Deshpande ...
Padmakar Athavale
Balmukund Prabhu
Gopal Nair


Vinod Joshi lives a middle-class existence with his wife, Meena, and a young son. He would like to improve upon his living conditions and ensure that his child enjoys life thoroughly. One day Vinod returns home in a bloodied state, and tells Meena that there has been a homicide at his place of work, and a large amount of money has been stolen. The police are called in to to investigate, and as a result a fellow-employee by the name of Subramaniam is arrested and sentenced to jail. Then the Joshi family gets wealthy all of a sudden, and move to a different and more spacious location, and start enjoying their lives to the fullest. Meena finds out that another co-worker of Vinod's, Maan Singh, has been telling people that Vinod was the one who stole the money, and also killed the employee in the process. Meena goes to meet Maan Singh to confirm this, and he does so, and even writes a letter to her to that effect, and threatens to inform the police. When Meena confronts Vinod, he ... Written by rAjOo (

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Music by Vasant Desai
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Suspicion, Tension and Mystery
22 February 2011 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

I had never heard of this film before and only came across the title by chance. Vikas Desai and Aruna Raje's 'Shaque' is quite an intense thriller that is a little ahead of its time. I don't know whether the film did well at the time right after its release but I was surprised at its quality. The story felt Hitchcockian (perhaps it's loosely based on Hitchcock's 'Suspicion') even though the execution could have been better (as the lighting is poor and cinematography is flat).

The directors and actors really succeed in building the tension and while a suspicious Meena is tormented as she tries to figure out the truth, the viewer too is left questioning Vinod's innocence. The suspicion grows stronger as the story proceeds. I liked that the songs were set in the background instead of having them appear out of nowhere and slowing the pace.

A spellbinding Shabana Azmi pretty much carries the film. The ending was slightly overdone but it wasn't bad enough to ruin the film. Vinod Khanna too does an excellent job as the suspected husband who fails to convince Meena of his innocence. Bindu, Farida Jalal and Utpal Dutt provide great support.

'Shaque' is a cleverly written, suspenseful, well acted and underrated film that deserves to be watched. Even among today's Hindi thrillers, it stands high.

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