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Riveting suspense thriller about a dedicated cop who leads an under-cover squad against a group of terrorists. He manages to capture their leader, but finds himself and his family mentally ... See full summary »

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Govind Nihalani

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Govind P. Deshpande (additional dialogue), Govind Nihalani (additional dialogue) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Om Puri ... DCP Abhay Singh
Naseeruddin Shah ... DCP Abbas Lodhi
Mita Vasisht ... Sumitra Singh
Annu Kapoor ... Surinder
Ashish Vidyarthi ... Commander Bhadra
Amrish Puri ... IGP Pathak
Milind Gunaji ... Shiv
Vineet Kumar Vineet Kumar
Ila Arun ... Zeenat
Joan David Joan David
Sadiya Siddiqui ... (as Saadiya Siddique)
Rajiv Dhingra Rajiv Dhingra ... (as Master Rajiv Dhingra)
Achyut Potdar Achyut Potdar
Shri Vallabh Vyas ... Inspector Tiwari
Shivkumar Subramaniam Shivkumar Subramaniam ... (as Shiv Subramaniam)
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Riveting suspense thriller about a dedicated cop who leads an under-cover squad against a group of terrorists. He manages to capture their leader, but finds himself and his family mentally and physically manipulated by the wily terrorist and his followers. Written by ajmal hussain <ajji@nightmail.com>

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Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

31 August 1994 (India) See more »

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Udbhav Productions See more »
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Amitabh Bachchan was approached for the film but refused. He was still in semi retirement. See more »

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Remade as Kuruthipunal (1995) See more »

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Nihalani's Preachiest, Most Absurd and Weakest Film
9 August 2012 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

Govind Nihalani casts his favourite actor Om Puri again, this time with Naseeruddin Shah, Ila Arun, Mita Vashisht and Ashish Vidyarti. Nihalani has earned a reputation of making hard-hitting raw films depicting that darkness of middle-class society that is weaved from corruption, chaos and crime. His 'Ardh Satya' was definitely notable and 'Thakshak' and 'Hazaar Chaurasi ki Maa' were quite decent and 'Dev' highlighted Om Puri's performance. Puri has done some of his best works in Nihalani's films and 'Droh Kaal' is no exception.

However, as a film, it's among the director's weakest. The writing is very poor and some of the plotpoints are quite ridiculous. Not only is the script full of plot holes, but the pacing is extremely slow. Things only get a tad better in the second half as the pace picks up and there is an attempt to build suspense. At times, quite frequently, it gets preachy. It tries to make some political point but that's all lost in the writing. I was also surprised by the flat cinematography (considering that Nihalani is also a well-reputed cinematographer).

What stands out are the performances. Puri is brilliantly supported by Mita Vashisht. Naseeruddin Shah and Manoj Bajpai are wasted. Ila Arun does well in a brief role. Ashish Vidyarti is passable.

Overall, 'Droh Kaal' is a major disappointment. It doesn't have anything new to offer. It's lacking in both style and substance.


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