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Johnny the Traitor (2007)

Johnny Gaddaar (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 28 September 2007 (India)
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Police officers recount a tale of missing money which results in lies, deceit, betrayal and death.


Sriram Raghavan


Vinay Choudary (additional screenplay), Sriram Raghavan
Top Rated Indian Movies #152 | 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Dharmendra ... Sheshadri 'Seshu'
Rimi Sen ... Mini (as Rimi)
Ashwini Kalsekar ... Varsha
Neil Nitin Mukesh ... Vikram
Vinay Pathak ... Prakash 'Pakiya'
Zakir Hussain ... Shardul (as Zaakir Hussain)
Dayanand Shetty ... Shiva
Govind Namdeo ... Inspector Kalyan
Rasika Joshi ... Shiva's mother
Shankar Sachdev Shankar Sachdev ... Naidu
Priyanka Bose ... Ola-Ola main dancer
Farah Farah ... Co-dancer 1
Radhika Radhika ... Co-dancer 2
Neeraj Khetrapal Neeraj Khetrapal ... Parekh Bhai
Sonia Rakkar Sonia Rakkar ... Sheshadri's wife


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 rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Film pays tribute to Vijay Anand. See more »


Inspector Kalyan: Who is your favourite actor?
Vikram: Amitabh Bacchan
Inspector Kalyan: Which movies you saw of Amitabh Bacchan?
Vikram: All Movies, Sholay, Deewar, Satte pe satta...
Inspector Kalyan: Have you seen 'Parwana'?
Vikram: NO Sir
Inspector Kalyan: Can I tell you the story?
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Retro Cool
26 January 2008 | by shariqqSee all my reviews

There is no dispute on Vijay Anand being the de facto Master of Suspense/Thriller in Indian Cinema history. So when we have a movie that pays tribute to this master (starting from quite an obvious title), purists like me sit up and get ready to tear apart any failings. Consider the astonishment when the movie not only lives up to the name, but dignifies it! That this movie actually got made, and then received a wide-release is in itself a surprise - hardly are any studios or distributors in India who support movies that do not conform to the fabric of established norms of Bollywood. Yet we have this movie. Raghavan gives us a genuine film-noir that is so rare that it is easy to lose it in the mêlée of mediocrity that Bollywood blockbusters represent.

An almost gray-scale visual theme with shocks of Red (very Sin City - nobody is innocent), no break-out sessions for song&dance and a crisp running time (135 minutes) alienates it from regular cinema. The movie revels in what it is, and religiously refers to the works it inspires from. Yet, and in doing so, it establishes a unique identity that would live through the said mêlée.

The casting choices of the movie also make for a great ensemble, especially with the presence of Dharamendra, whose stature and age are also put to great use. Neil Nitin Mukesh makes his debut, and is already lost in the shadows while lights shine on other star-kids. Yet he plays the most daring and convincing maiden role to establish a sure-fire position on the "to-be-watched" list.

Raghavan makes the most inherently "cool" movie of the year, complete in 60's retro garb of film-making (cinematography, editing, character focus, color grading) that fits right in with the film-noir subject. If not for the obvious anachronisms, this could easily have been a movie from the 60s, if not from the Master himself.

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28 September 2007 (India) See more »

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