Charas (2004)

Director Tigmanshu Dhulia has been gutsy to try an offbeat subject like Charas – The joint effort. He blends the artistic elements of the film with the ingredients of pure commercial cinema. The director creates a believable atmosphere by taking a viewer through the valleys of Kullu-Manali.

Cast: Irfaan Khan, Namrata Shirodkar, Jimmy Shergill, Uday Chopra and Hrishitaa Bhatt

Mystery shrouds the sudden disappearance of an English boy, Sam Higgins [Adam Bedi], a student of Botany, from Himachal one day. Sam’s influential parents pull some strings in higher circles to find their missing son. As a result a suave cop from Scotland Yard, Dev (Jimmy Shregill) is sent to India for investigation in this ‘missings case’.

There are threads in the investigation that lead the young man’s search to the illegal narcotics trade jointly run by a minister in England, his counterpart in Delhi and an ex police officer, now a golden-haired druglord (Irfaan Khan).

There is an interesting history to the character of druglord. Once a loyal cop, he had the guts to speak against the government machinery when he was being felicitated and, disappointed with the system of justice, he moved over to the other side of the law, becoming an important player in the drug dealing trade around the world.

In his investigation Dev is helped by street-smart guide Ashraf (Uday Chopra), who is in fact, an undercover cop assigned the task of keeping an eye on the Scotland Yard cop. But as Dev gets close to solving the riddle, some influential people try to muzzle him and implicate him as a spy from Pakistan.

The onus to arrest Dev lies with Ashraf, who is in two minds – whether to arrest him or to help him solve the puzzle and get to the very root of the illegal narcotics trade. The stakes the high and they may have to pay with the price of their lives. In their mission they are helped by two beautiful belles – a journalist (Namrata Shirodkar) and a school teacher (Hrishitaa Bhatt) who in fact is the accomplice in the drug trade.

Video Source: DVD
Host: MP
Chapters: 1

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