Parinda (1989) *The Best Thriller Ever*

The Most Powerful Film Ever Made

Parinda was the first realistic gangster film in Hindi cinema, and it spawned a whole new genre of thrillers. It is a story about two brothers trapped in the gang war, and the conflicting pull of duty and family. Even now, Underworld slang in Bombay borrows from dialogue in this film.

Parinda was a critical and commercial hit, and the official Indian entry for the Oscars that year.

Cast: Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Madhuri Dixit, Anupam Kher

Kishen (Jackie Shroff) the henchman of a psychotic don, Anna (Nana Patekar) tries to keep his younger brother Karan (Anil Kapoor) away from the world of crime by sending him abroad. Karan is best friends with a cop Prakash (Anupam Kher) and in love with his sister Paro (Madhuri Dixit). Karan comes back to Bombay and fixes up to meet Prakash.

Anna’s gang kills Prakash in front of Karan. Karan is shocked to know of his brother’s involvement with Anna’s gang and against Kishen’s wishes joins the gang to get revenge for Prakash’s killing and starts giving tip offs to the rival gang playing one gang off against the other. Kishen gets Karan married to Paro and convinces him to get away from it all but Karan and Paro are brutally killed on their wedding night.

Kishen finally takes revenge for Karan’s death by turning against Anna and setting him ablaze.

Jackie Shroff was awarded the Best Actor award at Filmfare Awards. Superb acting by Nana Patekar as Anna, the underworld boss. Supported by a great cast of Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Suresh Oberoi, Anupam Kher.

The film has an energetic pace, abundant emotional charge and bravura cinematography. Right from the almost lyrical opening introducing the viewer to Bombay, Parinda proves that a slickly well made film can be equally gut wrenching as it also tries to understand the human side of the underworld.

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