Barsaat Ki Ek Raat (1981)

India Reliance Home Video DVD

Text below written 2016-03-19

A drama action thriller with Amitabh Bachchan as a Himalaya policeman. Somewhere up in the mountains, in a
border area where tea are harvested and goods are smuggled, the local tycoon Mr. Sahu (Utpal Dutt) and his
son Kaliram (Amjad Khan) are terrorizing the locals. The big Bad Guy Kaliram especially, who likes to kidnap
and rape women, rob people, beat up street vendors and just generally to spread fear.
Mr. Sahu is a businessman dealing in tea with the The Company - The National Tea Estate, but he's also a fence
buying and selling smuggled goods .... as gold.
One day a tall man come riding into the village on a mule wearing a strange straw hat, like a Clint Eastwood in
a spaghetti western, is this film a Himalaya western ? Well, he seeks a dealer to sell his gold nuggets to and Sahu
is the man. The Stranger is Abhijeet Rai and is played by the one and only Amitabh Bachchan, The Tall One.

Sahu and Son

Rajni and Phulwa

Here are Rajni (Rakhee Gulzar), the blind daughter to the the local important man Suresh (maybe employed by the
tea Company?) who quickly falls in love with the stranger, and here's the cute tea harvester and dancer Phulwa
(played by Prema Narayan). The first thing The Stranger - Abhijeet did on arrival was beating up Kaliram in front
of the whole village, and the rest of the film Kali's hatred for Abhijeet accumulates to finally explode in hideous acts.

Who's Abhijeet ? He's a police officer and his mission seems to be not just to explore the smugglers but to help the
Tea Company to suppress strikers and actions of Mr. Sahu's gang. In a strange scene our "hero" Amitabh Bachchan
can be seen threatening the protesting local workers with a gun .... that was a bit odd maybe.
When Sahu and Kali failed starting a strike kaliram takes the matter in his own hand and promptly put the village on
fire and then proceeds with a rape attempt against poor Rajni. This attack scene was pretty intense really and Amjad
Khan playing Kaliram excels in playing a really, really nasty Bad Guy. No lover boy roles for him i guess and his
most famous Bad Guy rendition surely must be as Gabbar Singh in Sholay.

Not a classic this film in any way, but perfectly OK and beautifully played out in the mountains of Darjeeling, West
Bengal and Amjad Khan is delightfully Bad and Rakhee Gulzar also is fine as the vulnerable blind girl.
Format? widescreen or 4:3 ? Says wide on sleeve but looks like 4:3 to me
Good picture quality otherwise and a 5.1 or 2.0 soundtrack hindi with english subs, and song/dance
numbers with english subs also, 2 hours 23 minutes

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