Shool is a 1999 film by director E. Nivas which portrays the politician-criminal nexus and the criminalization of politics in the state of Bihar, and its effect on the life of an honest police officer. The film starred Manoj Bajpai as Inspector Samar Pratap Singh and Sayaji Shinde as the borderline psychopath criminal-politician Bachhu Yadav. The film has won three awards..
Samar Pratap Singh (Manoj Bajpai) is an honest police officer, and Manjari (Raveena Tandon) his supportive wife.They have a little daughter Sonu.Samar, because of his honesty is frequently being transferred, and has now finally reached the little town of Motihari in Bihar. Motihari’s lord and master, so to speak, is slimy MLA Bachu Yadav (Sayaji Shinde).The police and most of Samar’s colleagues kowtow to Yadav.
The epitome of corruption, Yadav has been the MLA for 15 years, but loses his ticket as his party opts for someone else.On hearing this ,Yadav makes short shrift of the unfortunate man, and avails himself of the party ticket.Samar, an honest cop, has frequent run-ins with Yadav, to the point where he (Samar) begins to fear for his family.Does Samar manage to take on Yadav and win ?
Shool is an excellent crime drama about corruption and murky politics in India.This plot isn’t anything new, but what makes the movie work is the mind-blowing performance of Manoj Bajpai as an honest cop trying to do his job in a corrupt environment.With his work in this film, Bajpai has proven himself as a great character actor, at par with another cinema great, Shah Rukh Khan.A mature film intended for a mature audience, Shool is a film that shouldn’t be missed by anyone looking for quality in the otherwise lackluster world of Indian cinema!