Plain-clothed police officers, on patrol in a police van in Mumbai's Khar Danda area, recount the story of five crooks: Sheshadari, Shiva, Prakash, Vikram, Shardul, and their Police Inspector friend, Kalyan. The tale revolves around a bag containing 2.5 Crore Rupees that goes missing - resulting in lies, deception, betrayal, and death. Written by
Sheshadri mentions to Vikram in a flashback scene that he used to sell stolen watches back in the 70s and his wife had gifted him a watch in 1972. Dharmendra, who plays the character of Sheshadri, starred in a film in 1972 where his character stole watches. He acted opposite Hema Malini, who's his wife in real life. See more »
Excellent crime thriller that stands with the best
This seems to be a watershed year or at least month so far as thrillers in Hindi movies are concerned. First there was Manorama 6 Feet Under and now I saw Johnny Gaddar, which totally ROCKS!! A tight and layered script that pays a lot of homage to erstwhile thrillers (tons of 70's references here) but remembers to have its own identity, absolutely SUPERB direction and performances that are indicative of the relish all the actors took in their parts. Even Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy provide some measure of compensation for the emasculation of 70's songs they did in their remix albums by coming up with a background score that's booming with the meaty brass sounds of that era. If there is any flaw I'd say the lead pair of Neil Mukesh and Rimi Sen are kinda vacuous but even that mostly works in the film's favor because they play characters that remain under everyone else's horizon.
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