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Gardish (1993)

A soon-to-be police officer takes a path of crime after his father gets attacked by hoodlums.

Director:

Priyadarshan

Writers:

Ambazhathil Karunakaran Lohithadas (story) (as A.K. Lohitadas), Priyadarshan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jackie Shroff ... Shiva P. Sathe
Amrish Puri ... Purshotam Kashinath Sathe
Dimple Kapadia ... Shanti
Farida Jalal ... Lakshmi P. Sathe
Mukesh Rishi ... Billa Jilani
Shammi Kapoor ... Prithviraj Bhalla
Asrani ... Shiva's brother-in-law
Suresh Oberoi ... Inspector Saini
Raj Babbar ... Pratap
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aishwarya ... Vidya P. Bhalla (as Iswarya)
Shagufta Ali ... Dancer (Rang Rangeeli Raat)
Darshan Bagga Darshan Bagga
Rakesh Bedi
Annu Kapoor ... Manishbhai Harishbhai
Ananth Narayan Mahadevan ... Havaldar Sawant (as Anant Mahadevan)
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Storyline

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 gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

10 September 1993 (India) See more »

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Good Knight Films See more »
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Trivia

Dimple Kapadia had seen Priyadarshan' s South Indian films and was very impressed. She wanted Priyadarshan to launch Twinkle Khanna. Dimple signed Gardish but was disappointed the way her role turned out . See more »

Alternate Versions

There are two alternate endings. The theatrical/DVD version ends after Shiva's father salutes him and freeze frames with Shiva smiling, with the song 'Hum Na Satje Te' playing in the background. The UK TV version which was broadcast on ITV in 1994 follows on from the theatrical version and ends with Shiva's father giving a profile report of Shiva to the police commissioner. He explains that Shiva can no longer be an Inspector because he is a criminal. The end shot has Shiva's father staring at the photo of his son being stuck on to a criminal wall, with the song 'Hum Na Satje Te' in the background. See more »

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Remake of Kireedam (1989) See more »

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Exceptionally good!
7 January 2014 | by jahangirhussain74See 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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