Class of '83

Bobby Deol, Anup Soni, Bhupendra Jadawat, Ninad Mahajani, Hitesh Bhojraj, Sameer Paranjape.
Atul Sabharwal

Trigger happy cops, a concept that has been explored on celluloid many times. But when you have Atul Sabharwal who made the series Powder (2010) of the same genre and got phenomenal feedback for the same, one who believe he will handle the subject interestingly. Added to that, having Shah Rukh Khan back the project, the interest gets more intense. 

Based on Hussain Zaidi’s Class of 83, the film safeguards itself with a disclaimer stating they have dramatized the story for effects. The story is that of Vijay Singh (Bobby Deol – ironically, that’s his real name) who has been demoted to a dean of police academy in Nasik, Maharashtra. 

Instead of simply training his students, the brooding cop picks some of his most notorious students (Hitesh Bhojraj, Bhupendra Jadawat, Sameer Paranjape, Ninad Mahajani and Prithvik Pratap) to be assassins. His explanation for picking them from the lot, is that they are loyal and efficient, despite their notoriety. Before we know it, these cops turn into trigger happy officers killing people like they were born for it. 

The funda is simple, upkeeping of justice is more important than going with the law. Restricting the keepers of a justice in the name of law and giving the criminals a freehand is unjust, thus assassinations should be the way forward. Their way, their justifications might claim to be true to the 80s era but morally very questionable. Which in turn makes it very difficult to relate to the script. 

Yet, the way Atul Sabharwal has written the dialogues, a matter of fact manner in which he almost justifies the bloodshed, gets a little awkward for the audience to have the same nonchalance approach. 

Yet, the film has many plus points. The first being the cinematography Mario Poljac who has worked extensively with Red Chillies, clearly justifies his frequent re-recruitment. The man is phenomenal with his work. The same can be said about the way Abhimanyu Ray, the casting director has approached his work. Bobby Deol’s claim to fame has been his looks but never his acting, but casting him in this film, has worked well. His stiff, blank expression works well for the broody mood of Vijay Singh. His protégés being new faces, also furthers their novice status in the film. 

The clever use of the actors’ strengths and weakness, makes for a good director. 

Yet, despite the pluses, the film doesn’t connect. The lack of relatability completely ruins its chances. Nevertheless, it is still a one time watch. 

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