Jai Ho! Democracy (2015): A satirical comedy from the mastermind behind Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro

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Jai Ho! Democracy, Directed by Ranjit Kapoor, starring Om Puri, Annu Kapoor, Seema Biswas, Adil Hussain and Satish Kaushik

How can anyone forget the sharp-tongued criticism, dark humor, and the incriminating tone of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)? It had packed such a powerful punch that even after three decades of its release its message pretty much remains etched in our memory. Although directed by Kundan Shah, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, in many ways, was the product of the genius of one Ranjit Kapoor who had written the cult classic, and, in the process, given birth to a genre called satirical comedy in the context of Hindi cinema. 

Ranjit is revisiting his favorite most genre with Jai Ho! Democracy which is scheduled to release in cinemas across India on April 24, 2015. At the movie's core is the policy paralysis that the yesteryear Indian governments have been notorious for. Jai Ho! Democracy presents a kaleidoscopic snapshot of how those in power procrastinate things endlessly, choosing to play the fiddle while Rome burns to ashes. The movie also takes a dig at the media by highlighting its desperation to focus upon the trivial issues. 

Just like Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, Jai Ho! Democracy has an ensemble star-cast of some of the most renowned thespians in our country like Om Puri, Annu Kapoor, Seema Biswas, Adil Hussain and Satish Kaushik. Having grown up watching these veterans, I expect nothing but the best from them and my expectations have only soared after watching the movie's trailer on YouTube. 

For more details about the film, please visit its Wikipedia Page.

My review of Ranjit Kapoor's "Jai Ho! Democracy" can be read here.

"Jai Ho! Democracy" Trailer (YouTube)


MUMBAI, April, 2015 - Indian film industry veterans come together for a relevant political comedy. Jai Ho! Democracy stars thespians from the National School of Drama (NSD) and some of the best actors our country has ever had - Om Puri, Annu Kapoor, Seema Biswas, Adil Hussain and Satish Kaushik. Written and directed by Ranjit Kapoor, who also wrote the cult film Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, the satirical comedy hits theatres on Friday.

The first International Film Festival of Chhattisgarh was inaugurated with the premiere of Jai Ho! Democracy on 10th April, 2015, in the presence of Chief Minister Shri Raman Singh and Culture, Tourism and Parliamentary Affairs Minister of Chhattisgarh State Shri Ajay Chandrakar. It was the first time when the audience saw the movie with members of the star cast. The movie was able to touch the audiences and hilariously delivered the message of how privileged we are to be a democratic nation. On receiving much appreciation and acclaims, the movie was declared tax-free in the state of Chhattisgarh by Chief Minister Raman Singh.

Jai Ho! Democracy takes a comic look at how the powers-that-be continue to procrastinate and maintain status quo, unfazed by the gravity of the situations at hand. It also explores the funny side of how the media gets desperate in highlighting unworthy issues. It also gives a message of hope and a chance to peace between two neighbouring countries - India and Pakistan.

The movie was conceptualized and filmed during the Indian UPA-II government's reign and shows some stark resemblance between the characters and real life Indian politicians.

Director Ranjit Kapoor feels it is the right time for a film like Jai Ho! Democracy. "Politics is no longer a taboo topic for the Indian masses. The young, especially, are taking a lot of interest in what is going on behind closed doors and under the official tables. We have tried to show the true picture, our tongues firmly in cheek," says Ranjit Kapoor.

The NSD get-together has all the veterans playing important characters; characters you have seen in Indian politics. Om Puri plays Pandeyji, a right-wing heavyweight who has come up the hard way in politics and represents the post-independence desi politician. "Pandeyji is familiar to everyone but also not stereotypical. His motivations and his actions are very identifiable and also very funny," says Om Puri.

Annu Kapoor plays PRO Ramalingam, a former Chief Justice of India, who has always been close to successive governments and in turn rewarded by those governments. "It was fun playing a character we have all heard and known of but not seen up close in action," says Annu Kapoor. "Ramalingam knows the truth but also knows when to lie."

Adil Hussain plays Major Baruah, who switched from army to politics, who had lost his leg but won all the sympathies to become an important player for the opposition. Says Adil: "Major Baruah might remind you of certain figures from Indian political history but it's also a work of fiction and hence the similarities are as they say just co-incidental."

Seema Biswas plays social activist Mohini Devi who has made a career out of her 'social activities'. "Haven't we seen the Mohinis around us and laughed at them secretly? Well, now you can laugh at Mohini openly and endlessly," says Biswas.

Of the other major characters, Satish Kaushik plays the Minister of State for Defence Harphool Choudhry, who is a product of coalition politics and who has to often visit Tihar jail on corruption charges. Aamir Bashir is Bashir Baig, the son of an ex-minister from Jammu and Kashmir who is the emerging face of Indian politics. And Rajni Gujral plays Mrs Bedi, a seasoned journalist who has made her way to the position of editor-in-chief of a prominent regional newspaper.

Jai Ho! Democracy, produced by Indian Production House and directed by Ranjit Kapoor and Bikramjeet Singh Bhullar, will release on 24th April, 2015. 

About Indian Production House 

Indian Production House started off five years back as a small step, has evolved into a great marathon, successfully traversing exciting terrains of entertainment. From theatre to television to commercials, Indian Production House has left its indelible mark on the viewers. For more details, visit: http://indianproductionhouse.com/

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