Shagird is a little heard of movie starring Nana Patekar and Mohit Ahlawat but I found it amazingly entertaining. Nana Patekar has been kinda out of focus for some years now and the last noteworthy role I remember him playing was the Krishna in Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti. But here he is back in his elements and chances are his role will bring back memories of Aab Tak Chappaan, which I thought one of the best cop thrillers to come out of bollywood. The story here though is a lot different and chances are one would not find any resemblence but still the look and feel and especially Nana’s manerism will give you a Deja Vu.
Inspector Hanumant Singh(Nana) is a cop with the crime branch of Delhi and is one of the most high profile investigators in the ring. He has a trusted team of operands. Mohit(Mohit Alhawat) is a rookie who has been assigned to the Crime Branch whic is also his first posting. Hanumant becomes his teacher and protector initially and teaches him the tricks and trade of the serious cop business. All seems to be in control but then something bad happens. Three journalists are captured and in return for their lives three dreaded terrorists are released one of whome is Bunty Bhaiyya(Anurag Kashyap) who inturns works for the minister of the state. What starts of as an escape bid turns out into a mehem in which the trust and loyalty of every individual is tested.
The best thing that I liked about this movie was that none of the charecters can be categorized as good or bad. All the prime charecters have a gray shade to them and the twists and the turn will leave you gaping. Some twists are so unbelieveable that you would be amazed. Nana dwells on a thin line between good and evil and yet not once crosses it. Mohit ahlawat has been written off before after his performences in James, Shiva and finally RGV’s AAG but here he delivers a power packed performence and even though he remains in Nana’s shadow for the good bit of the movie yet shows his gusto and leaves his mark on numerous scene. His development form a rookie to a hardened cop is shown awesomely well. Anurag Kashyap as the lone clean baddie is apt.
There are no songs and romance and that might mean that a good chunk of the lovie dovie audience will stay away from it. But if you are looking for a gritty cop saga with smashing story and gripping drama…..you will love this.