Amitabh Bachchan, Nagraj Manjule and ‘Jhund’ team score big social goals

Football is the most famous sport in foreign countries, but not in India. Sure, we have crazy fans of the sport, but it’s not like cricket. I mean, the kind of religion. Maybe that’s why Bollywood hasn’t made many memorable football movies. The last big one I remember was Goal of Dhan Dhana Dhan (2007), which was far from an average film. The most memorable thing happened in 1984 when Prakash Jha debuted with Hip hip Hooray, which was written by Gulzar. For cricketwe have the classic by Aamir Khan Lagaan (2001) and for strugglehe gave us another classic, Dangal(2016), while hockey is known for SRK chak of india (2007). All of these films have something dramatic about them that also appeals to mainstream Hindi audiences. In other words, we call it commercial cinema. So let us specify here and now that Nagraj Manjule is jhund is far from it.If you remember Manjule’s previous two feature films, – Fandry (2014) and sairat (2016), then you know what kind of cinema he does. Fandry was too realistic and hard-hitting for regular audiences to understand, whereas sairat gave a lot of fun in the first half. In the second half of sairat, he returned to his genre of cinema but still managed to achieve a stunning social drama. With jhund, it does the same thing. In the first half of jhundit gives you those enjoyable sports drama sequences and then does a flip-flop to its artsy cinema.Inspired by the true story, jhund is about a football coach, Vijay Barse (Amitabh Bachchan), who sees talent in slum boys. The boys, who have all the bad addictions such as stealing, chain robbery, alcoholism and even drug use, start developing a new football addiction and thus begin the journey of Vijay’s team, a.k.a jhund. He motivates these boys and then continues to search for similar hidden talents all over the country. The kind of situations he has to deal with and how these boys and girls learn to deal with them is all you see in the movie.The movie has a great cast and it’s hard to name the whole crew, so let’s pick a few. First, Amitabh Bachchan. jhund is his film, after all, and his experience is more than enough to carry the whole film on his shoulders. At this age, he delivers monologues. Isn’t that too much, even for a legend? He doesn’t have as many monologues and speeches as he had in Pink, and he only has one monologue (the courtroom scene), but what a remarkable act he does. The rest are a slew of slum kids, which also includes a few small supporting roles from sairat-the famous Akash Thosar and Rinku Rajguru, and they don’t all perform, they don’t give you the performances you want to see in the movies, but they just show you their natural behavior. Not a single boy or girl tries to play in front of the camera; they just deliver dialogue like any slumdog would in real life. Ankush Gedam, Babu Ksahtriya, Jerico Robert, Raziya Kazi, Kartik Uikey, Sayli Patil, Allen Patrick, Surabh Abhyankar, Angel Anthony, Vishaka Uikey and others are as natural as possible. Well, that’s still the hallmark of Manjule. You should know that he didn’t use experienced actors in Fandry Where sairat That is.jhund has fantastic situational music. It’s not a typical Bollywood album, but I don’t know why it tries to be one with a few songs. Lafda Zala is a wild party number for young people of the lower and middle classes, while Jhund title track is for all ages. It’s a perfect theme song that suits any occasion, whether it’s idling or periodic breaks. The scenario is very gripping in the first half and very slow in the second. It doesn’t feel like a first-half Manjule movie because he doesn’t try to force his intellectual thoughts from the start. For a while, it entertains you with fun punchlines, local humor and the usual chilling sports action. But prepare for incredible cinematography from the talented Sudhakar Reddy. Then, the second half is dedicated to hard-hitting social issues.jhund can have the regular predictable segments on socialism, and while it also does a quiz for a while, it’s more about educating you. This airport scene at the climax tells you. All Tapori gully boy thinks he’s the king of his neighborhood, but when he comes out of the slums, when he tries to immerse himself in a sophisticated world, he realizes he’s nobody. This scene hits you so hard, but you have to understand the meaning behind it.Nagraj Manjule knows his job, and he also knows how to present it. It is undeniable that his films are not made for the general public (except sairat, and that too because of the first half), but he has to take care of his class. With jhundhe attempts this social awakening not only for the upper class people of the society, but also for the uneducated slum people. jhund is that socially alarming film we’ve all been missing in the sports drama genre, but it’s not for mainstream audiences. It’s Manjule’s subtle and artistic vision that takes him away from mainstream commercial sports films. Overall, Nagraj Manjule, Amitabh Bachchan and his team jhund score enough social goals in this brave attempt, and he deserves to be watched for this commendable attempt.