Ankush (1986)

Ankush is a 1986 Bollywood movie written, directed , edited and co-produced by N. Chandra (real name Chandrashekhar Narvekar) starring Nana Patekar.It is a story of four lower middle class unemployed young men in Mumbai (then Bombay) who feel disconnected with society and are wasting their life away when new neighbours, a young beautiful girl Nita and her mother, change their perspective.

Cast: Nana Patekar, Rabia Amin, Raja Bundela, Arjun Chakraborty

They change their attitude and try and blend in with the normal, honest and hard-working society of 1980s India when Nita is raped at the hands of her employers. However the culprits are let off for the want of evidence and Nita takes extreme step of suicide. They then take revenge of each and every culprit in a very novel way . It also shows their distrust in the law of the land. The movie has a tragic end with all four getting death punishment for doing what they thought was correct, specially so when law of land fails to book the criminals for their wrongdoings.

Although a small budget film with then unknown actors film was a big hit in Mumbai (then Bombay) as it realistically depicted social conditions prevailing then in the aftermath of famous Mumbai (then Bombay) cotton textile mills strike which rendered thousands jobless.Writer, Editor, Director and co-producer N. Chandra earned both popular as also critical acclaim for this film. He had earlier worked under Gulzar as an editor.

The storyline is simple, but told in a bold fashion. Acting from all those involved is good, especially Nana Patekar, he is just mind-boggling. This is the best offering from N. Chandra the director, who all directed super-hit film like Tezaab. He is convinced about the characters and that is shown in the movie.So if you like to see something different, then this is the movie for you. Just don’t miss it. 8 out of 10.

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