Cast: Amitabh Dayal (debut), Nandita Das, Om
Puri, Anoop Soni, Jyotsna Karekar, Yusuf Shaikh, Virendra
Sharma, Surendra Chabria, Anil Chaudhari, Satyendra
Chaudhari, Balwant Jadhav, Sanjeev Vatsa, Dilip Pawale,
Praveen, Sakpal, Girish, Sayaji Chaudhari, Prachiti
Verma, Mst. Shubham, Anita Pednekar,Radha Pethe,Leena
Dandekar, Ms.Kutti, Kailash Sharma
Background score: Surender Sodhi
Cinematography: Manoj Gupta
Writer: Sujeet Sen
Director: N Chandra
Producers: Dr. Mrunalini & Mrs. Suryakanta
release date: 31st October 2003
(Amitabh Dayal) is a honest police officer who does
not mind killing criminals in fake encounters because
criminals are skipping away from judiciary system by
using its loop holes. He killed 70 criminals in those
fake encounters. There is a sharp shooter from mafia
called Adi (Anoop Soni). Adi is the best childhood friend
of Bhaskar. They realize that one of them would be killed
by other one because these guys are from the rival professions
(cop and criminal). Who ever eliminates the other would
survive. The rest of the film is all about who kills
Debutant Amitabh Dayal
gave a commendable performance as honest cop with different
emotional shades. He is sharp with his piercing looks
and intense gaze. However, he over acted in his village
flashback episode where he convinces his mother that
he would go to city in search of his missing brother.
Heroine Nandita Das did
well as the understanding wife of cop, who undergoes
the emotional struggle that she is surviving with a
killer who eliminates criminals in fake encounters.
Her performance in the scene where enquiry commission
people come to her house to search for alleged money
taken from gangsters by her husband. Om
Puri gave a controlled performance as cop mentor
of the hero. Anoop Soni
did the role of gangster with zest.
The basic storyline is the fight between two friends
turned foes because of the professions they are in.
But there are quite a few missing links in this film
Hero comes to Mumbai in search of his missing brother.
He finds that his brother is dead. Then he finds fault
with the police system for it and he wants to become
a cop. After becoming a cop, he did not make any efforts
to investigate and find the reasons behind the death
of his brother.
2. The hero is projected as a national brave cop with
his photographs and articles being published in main
pages of all leading newspapers. But, no criminal
recognizes him when he goes on coveted operations
in civil dress.
3. Why should villain go into hiding for 4 years after
hero takes charge followed by his suspension.
Screenplay - direction: N Chandra who directed a
couple of impact-making cop films (Ankush, Pratighaat)
in the past directed this flick. He tried to narrate
this film in art format. The film deals with professional
and personal life of a honest cop. Hence, director tried
to project the human side of an encounter specialist.
Direction of the film is average. Screenplay is pretty
loose. Narration is very slow in the first half. The
entire film is narrated in spaced flashback as the entire
story takes place in one night's duration.
departments: Photography by Manoj Gupta is impressive.
Background score by Surender Sodhi is nice. Rerecording
is fair. Sujeet Sen dialogues are good. These dialogues
have quite a good impact in few scenes, especially the
ones written to Om Puri.
First half of the film is pretty slow. Second half of
the film has quite a few moments. On a whole Kagaar
is not impressive. The director adapted the art format
to narrate this cop story. At the same time, he used
few commercial elements. There by the film appears neither
off-beat not commercial. This film had too many captions
like 'Bhaskar is a happy man', 'Human side of a cop',
'Story of an encounter specialist', 'Living on the edge'
(all these captions appearing on the same poster) as
if to prepare the viewer for the kind of story they
are going to watch.