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A journalist, Mehta, on the run from Jagmohan's men, leaves an envelope with singer, Ramprasad Singh, and asks him to deliver it to Inspector J.S. Sharma at Bandra (Bomay) Police Station. ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Vikas Anand ...
Doctor
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Thakur Ram Pratap SinghAmrit Gupta / Peter Martis / Mohammed Hussain
Abhi Bhattacharya ...
Senior Police Officer
Master Bittoo
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Seth. Jagmohan
T.P. Jain ...
Subramaniam (Party Guest)
Col. Kapoor ...
D.I.G
Satyendra Kapoor ...
Murthy
Mac Mohan ...
Juda
Suresh Oberoi ...
Inspector J.S. Sharma
Yunus Parvez ...
Constable R.K. Dave
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Rajni / Radha Gupta / Fredi Martis / Salma Hussain
Madan Puri ...
Lakhani
Parikshat Sahni ...
Dinesh Mathur
Anjan Srivastav ...
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A journalist, Mehta, on the run from Jagmohan's men, leaves an envelope with singer, Ramprasad Singh, and asks him to deliver it to Inspector J.S. Sharma at Bandra (Bomay) Police Station. Subsequently, Mehta is killed. Ramprasad turns over the envelope to Inspector Sharma, and Jagmohan is arrested and sentenced to two years in prison. Then Ramprasad starts receiving threats and threatening phone calls, and asks Sharma for protection. Ramprasad, his wife, Rajni, and son, are enrolled in the Witness Protection Program, and given a new identity. After sometime Jagmohan finds out their whereabouts, and Sharma gets them newer names, this time Catholic names. When Jagmohan gets their whereabouts again, Sharma gets the family Muslim names. Fed up of running for their lives, changing their religion and their location, Ramprasad decides to take on his original name, and return home to Bombay. Once there, Ramprasad devises his very own scheme of getting even with Jagmohan, initially by creating... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Witsec in 1980's India
29 August 2011 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Ravi Tandon's 'Jawaab' is an intense thriller that introduces the viewer to India's Witsec program. I wasn't aware that India even had one. The film does a decent job of presenting the risks and here it is shown how unsuccessful such a program can be due to the level of internal corruption. Tandon starts off by depicting an ordinary Indian family who have everything going for them, a happy family with a nice home and a possible career in music. It is only after they get embroiled in a conspiracy that the family is forced to go on the run.

The director successfully builds tension but in the second half he takes a different turn and it becomes a revenge thriller. On the one hand the viewer is presented with the trauma that Jagmohan's constant threats have had on Thakur as a result of which he takes matters in his own hands and decides to give him a taste of his own medicine but the script falters to clichés when using unintentionally funny methods, Jagmohan's goons are killed off one after the other and then there's the horribly melodramatic ending.

Most of the songs are soothing, especially the music.

Raj Babbar is brilliant. Right from the cheerful loving family man to the frightened and desperate husband and father and then to the calculating vengeful criminal, Babbar acts with conviction. Danny Denzongpa is good in spite of poor characterization. Suresh Oberoi does an adequate job. Smita Patil is amazing. Even with a role as simple as this, the actress has done a wonderful job.

Flawed it may be but I would still say it's a step above the typically 80s Bollywood flicks mainly because Ravi Tandon has managed to maintain a level of suspense and the engaging first half.


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