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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

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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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Manoj Bajpai second lead role after Satya 1998 where is got much appreciation. See more »


References Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) See more »

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strong performance by manoj bajpai
7 April 2001 | by bLuR-7See all my reviews

Shool is an excellent crime drama about corruption and murky politics in India. This plot isn't anything new, but what makes the movie work is the mind-blowing performance of Manoj Bajpai as an honest cop trying to do his job in a corrupt environment. With his work in this film, Bajpai has proven himself as a great character actor, at par with another cinema great, Shah Rukh Khan. Both these actors have proven that you don't need good looks to make good movies.

Aside from Bajpai, Shool is filled with wonderful performances, such as the de-glamorized Raveena Tandon's heart-breaking portrayal the police officer's wife, and Sayaji Shinde's genuinely scary villain!

A mature film intended for a mature audience, Shool is a film that shouldn't be missed by anyone looking for quality in the otherwise lackluster world of Indian cinema!

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5 November 1999 (India) See more »

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