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A tale of an honest cop set against the backdrop of the brutal and lawless system prevailing at the Indian state of Bihar. The endless suffering that he has to tolerate before all hell breaks loose.


Eeshwar Nivas (as E. Nivas)


Anurag Kashyap (dialogue), Eeshwar Nivas (screenplay) (as E. Nivas) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manoj Bajpayee ... Inspector Samar Pratap Singh (as Manoj Bajpai)
Raveena Tandon ... Manjari Singh
Sayaji Shinde ... Bacchu 'Bhaiyyaji' Yadav
Yashpal Sharma ... Lalan Singh
Ganesh Yadav ... Inspector Hussain
Virendra Saxena ... Prawal Pratap Singh (as Veerendra Saxena)
Nandu Madhav ... Laljee Yadav
Sandeep Kulkarni ... Gopaljee
Nagesh Bhonsle ... Lallan Vinod
Shri Vallabh Vyas ... D.S.P.
Rajpal Yadav ... Porter ; Violent Coolie
Pratima Kazmi ... Bacchoo Yadav's mother
Nawazuddin Siddiqui ... Waiter
Vineet Kumar ... Inspector Tiwari
Ashraf Ul Haq Ashraf Ul Haq ... Bachu Yadav's Henchman


Police Inspector Samar Pratap Singh is transferred to Motihari, in the Indian state of Bihar, along with his wife, Manjari and a daughter. He is honest and diligent and these attributes sets him up against his superior - the District Superintendent of Police, as well as his subordinates and fellow officers. His diligence in maintaining law and order, and his belief in justice for all, regardless of one's background, makes him a powerful enemy in the shape and form of Bachu Yadav who is the local MLA of the ruling political party, and will not stop at anything to get rid of Samar and his family, by hook or by crook, and no one will dare to stop him. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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The many gifts Anurag Kashyap has given Indian cinema, perhaps one of the finest is the actor from Budhana, Uttar Pradesh. The director discouraged the National School of Drama graduate from acting as a waiter in Shool; Siddiqui needed the money so he did the bit part. "I knew his background and how much he had invested," says Kashyap, "and felt it was a waste of time. But I hadn't seen him so I didn't take him seriously for a very long time." See more »


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One of the 2 best Hindi movies I have seen (other being RDB)
3 September 2007 | by shadkamSee all my reviews

It is too real to be a movie. If you have been to that part of India, eastern UP and Bihar, you will feel as if the things happening to Samar Pratap Singh or others have, or may have, happened to you / your family / your friends. Particularly for me it seemed more near to my heart as My Dad, though he is not a police officer like Samar Pratap Singh, is idealistic like him, and faces problems like he faces. After watching this movie, the desire to become an IAS officer and start cleaning up the system becomes very high, it took some days to put it back under control.

E Niwas, a 23 yr old boy, probably in his directorial debut has given a marvellous movie.

It is story of an honest police officer, in fact an honest man who happens to be a police officer. His only fault is that he is honest, honest as per the real definition of being honest. Here it should be noted that in India in general and in those parts of India in particular, the definition of honesty is changed. In those parts, If a person demands his share from the bribe that his colleague has taken, he is normal, if he does not demand, he is honest. And if he does neither of these, he tries to stop his colleague from taking bribe, he is ..... there is no adjective to describe a person, probably people never felt the need, exactly as Eskimos did not feel the need to have a word for cactus.

The only unrealistic part in the movie is its end, where Samar, after having lost his wife and kid, goes on to kill Bachchoo Yadav the villain, a rowdy who becomes politician. But however unrealistic it be, it should have been that only. After all it is this unrealistic stuff that differentiates between a movie and a documentary. And Shool is a movie, not a documentary.

Let us all hope for the day, when after watching Shool, instead of the end, one will feel the other things were unrealistic.


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