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Pitaah (2002)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 4 January 2002 (India)
Thakur Avadh Narayan Singh rules Shekhapur village.Due to his fear villagers don't dare to go against him for his wrong doings.His son Bhola and Bacchu are also to follow his part who spend... See full summary »

Director:

Mahesh Manjrekar

Writers:

Ravi Shankar Jaiswal (additional dialogue), Mahesh Manjrekar | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sanjay Dutt ... Rudra
Nandita Das ... Paro
Sachin Khedekar ... Shiva
Tanvi Hegde ... Durga, 'Muniya' (Rudra's daughter)
Sagar Thawani Sagar Thawani ... Lav, Durga's brother
Samrat Thawani Samrat Thawani ... Kush, Durga's brother
Anjan Srivastav ... Senior Doctor
Sacheen Suvarna
Viineet Kumar ... (as Vineet Srinet)
Dinesh Anand Dinesh Anand ... (as Late Dinesh Anand)
Mita Vasisht ... Thakurain
Atul Kale Atul Kale
Nilesh Diwekar ... (as Nilesh Divekar)
Om Puri ... Thakur Avadh Narayan Singh
Jackie Shroff ... Ramnarayan Bharadwaj, police officer (daroga)
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Thakur Avadh Narayan Singh rules Shekhapur village.Due to his fear villagers don't dare to go against him for his wrong doings.His son Bhola and Bacchu are also to follow his part who spend their time in drinking and on girls.Rudra is a poor farmer living a happy life with is wife Paro and three children Durga,Luv and Kush.Bhola and Bacchu once go to attend Mujra and cant get their way with the woman.On their way they see 9 year old Durga and rape her.While he evidence are all against them the Sr Doctor prepare's his report and Inspector Ramnarayan Bhardwaj also finds evidence to arrest Bhola and Bacchu.The lawyer fighting the case bribe's the Sr Doctor and Ramnarayan Bhardwaj to tamper the evidence.Paro then convinces Rudra to take matters in his own hands as law cant give them justice. Written by alex.mjacko@gmail.com

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Never try a father's patience

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Action | Drama

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Partially based on "A Time to kill" (1996) starring Samuel L Jackson where he plays a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the K.K.K. See more »

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Revenge against the impossible
16 October 2011 | by Peter_YoungSee all my reviews

Pitaah is riveting, hard-hitting and gripping. Mahesh Manjrekar is one director who has had many ups and downs, but it is to be expected as he does many films and experiments with different themes. Here he tackles a bold and sensitive subject and, in my opinion, handles it very well. Set in a village, the film tells the story of Rudra, a poor, illiterate peasant who is employed as a slave-like labourer by the wealthy and influential landowner of the village, Thakur. The story follows a shocking incident as Rudra's 9 year-old daughter is brutally raped by Thakur's two sons, and later on Rudra and his wife Paro's attempts to seek justice, which sounds rather impossible and funny in a village where everyone is either corrupted or terrified of just hearing Thakur's name.

Pitaah deals with child abuse, corruption, and the oppression of poor villagers. Although the execution is credible, it's not a completely realistic film, and that may actually be the reason for its success. It is shocking, disturbing, violent and unusual, and it is also very enjoyable. The characters are characterised very well, and the proceedings leave no stone unturned in the portrayal of the crude, almost funny complexity of the village and its nefarious systems. The second half is weaker in terms of script and execution, as it becomes more typical and has several flaws, but I personally was still rather captivated. The action is excellent and it is used to the best effect. The film is after all very interesting, moving and intriguing, and that's what matters, at least to me.

Where acting goes, Pitaah belongs to Sanjay Dutt and he is simply excellent in a greatly understated and convincing performance. He brilliantly captures Rudra's quietly tormented nature and inner pain. His subdued body language, worried eyes and natural simplicity really make him very easy to identify with. Nandita Das is as always exotically beautiful while still looking earthy, simple and authentic. As Paro, she is headstrong, brave, and it is her feisty nature which motivates Rudra to fight for justice. Das is extremely effective in the role. Jackie Shroff is incredibly entertaining and likable in a colourful, ambiguous role. Om Puri is fantastic as the villain Thakur, and Mita Vasisht shines as his wife. Overall then, Pitaah is a good film which is definitely recommended.


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