Changes between Initial Version and Version 1 of Tiranga

Jun 28, 2012, 8:44:42 PM (9 years ago)



  • Tiranga

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     4aka Tirangaa 
     51992 168’ col/scope Hindi 
     6d/p Mehul Kumar pc M.K. Pics s K.K. Singh 
     7lyr Santosh Anand c Russi Bilimoria 
     8m Laxmikant Pyarelal 
     9lp Raaj Kumar, Nana Patekar, Varsha 
     10Usgaonkar, Harish, Mamta Kulkarni, Suresh 
     11Oberoi, Sonika Gill, Manohar Singh, Deepak 
     12Shirke, Rakesh Bedi, Alok Nath 
     15Of the many ‘nationalist’ films made since the 
     16late 1980s (cf. Roja, 1992; 1942: A Love Story 
     17and Sainyam, both 1994) this commercial 
     18success is arguably the most bizarre. In order to 
     19overthrow the dreaded anti-national terrorist 
     20leader Pralaynath Gendalswamy (Shirke), the 
     21government of India hires Brigadier Suryadev 
     22Singh (Raaj Kumar), providing him with a 
     23secret commando hideout, secret access to the 
     24Prime Minister (Nath) and legal carte blanche 
     25which includes a police massacre of innocent 
     26people simply in order to enable Singh to 
     27become a convict, a move apparently 
     28necessary for his plans. Singh in turn hires the 
     29renegade cop Shivajirao Wagle (Patekar) and, 
     30after various skirmishes with the bad guys, the 
     31two men invade the villain’s hideout and 
     32scuttle his plan to destabilise the nation with 
     33rocket attacks on Independence day. The 
     34chillingly fascist arguments deployed in other 
     35Patekar-Mehul Kumar collaborations (cf. 
     36Krantiveer, 1994) are here partially undone 
     37by the surreal comic strip quality of the film, 
     38incarnated in Raaj Kumar’s flashy dress and 
     39uniquely rhetorical dialogue style, but 
     40extended into the plot by a plethora of smaller 
     41characters and by the filmmaker’s fascination 
     42with lethal gadgets with flashing lights (as in 
     43campy sci-fi effects). The plot extends into 
     44other areas as the villain’s equally bad son 
     45Rasiknath impregnates Radha, daughter of the 
     46evil Central Minister Jeevanlal Tandel (Singh), 
     47who in turn accuses Sanjiv, son of the fearless 
     48cop Rudrapratap Chouhan (Oberoi), of having 
     49raped her, thus providing extra motivation for 
     50the good guys, as if the filmmakers obscurely 
     51realised that their brand of nationalism was not 
     52by itself up to the task. At least some of the 
     53comic strip effects appear to have been 
     54intentional, such as the character of Khabrilal 
     55(Bedi), a police informer who speaks like a 
     56Doordarshan news reader and whose entry is 
     57always accompanied by the signature tune of 
     58Doordarshan’s news programme.