200 Halla Ho; If it is crushed, it will bite!
The film depicts the brutal murder of gangster Bally Chaudhary, the main accused in several criminal cases including rape, torture and murder, in police custody by a group of about 200 women in a courtroom, and the ensuing investigation and its aftermath.
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The story is set in Nagpur, Maharashtra. At the beginning of the film, a group of women are seen rushing to the court with daily necessities including scissors and chili powder. It is only after the women return to the courtroom that others realize what happened there. A criminal named Bally Chaudhary was killed there. The woman retaliated by cutting him to pieces and cutting off his genitals in front of the police.
It was an event that shook Maharashtra. Things get complicated again when the press puts pressure on them to close the case quickly. SI Patil is confirming that Dalit women in Rahinagar are more likely to have been murdered, as if to say, ‘If the dead are Keechakan, the killer is a giant’.
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From Rahinagar, Patil searches for five women and takes them to the station, where they are brutally beaten and tried to plead guilty. Leaders of the polls and the Women’s Commission of Self-interest are also involved in the case.
The case is being investigated in parallel by a committee set up by the Women’s Commission, chaired by former judge Vital Dangade. The tragic experiences of Dalit women over the years, their resistance, counter-attacks, police intervention and court trials are all covered in the following section.
Let us first see what are the best elements of the film. The story of the film is based on an actual incident that took place in Nagpur in 2004. The backbone of the film is the shocking real story.
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The next attraction of the movie is the acting excellence of the actor Amol Palekar. The only character who was neatly prepared in the script was the retired judge played by the actor. Amol Palekar lived as this character throughout the film. The actor effortlessly presented the transformation of the man who lived according to the lines of the law book and his new identities.
The next plus of the film is the director’s portrayal of the lives of the oppressed in the name of caste. Although it has some flaws in every aspect when viewed as a film, it never deviates from the main theme. Although the film could not capture the challenges faced by Dalit women, the director was able to give a good idea about it and convince them of the seriousness of the issue.
The film manages to entertain as well as inform. The visuals are very realistic without being rich. The conversations were also captivating. Conversations that do justice to the story can be heard throughout the film.
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Barun Sobti, Rinku Rajguru and Indranil Sengupta have done well in their respective roles, but they were all average performances. The humiliation was that none of the characters were deeply engraved in such a way that the actors could do more. In general, the songs in the film are low but the quality is average.
But the intensity of the background music composed by Pratik Nandan was less than required.
One of the major setbacks for the film is the script. The screenplay is not written in such a way that the audience can see a good story with excitement. The important scene of the story is presented at the beginning. After that it was a totally cool ride until we reached the climax.
Predictability is the main challenge facing the film. The viewer can easily understand what the murder in the first scene is for. If the director had been able to come up with a script that would not allow the audience to think about the course of the story, the whole picture would have changed. But, unfortunately, the script was written very flat.
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Although not even two hours long, the director failed to keep the audience engaged. Many of the contexts felt extremely dramatic. Despite getting a good story and a good cast, the director failed to give the film the output it deserved. Overall it was an average experience from the movie ‘200 Halla Ho’. C5 members can view it if they want.