Prahaar (1991)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 47 mins

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Patekar’s weirdly fascist fantasy of a military Pied Piper followed by naked boys about to be transformed into a glorious army of bullies which will sort out the mess created by ‘emasculated’ people in the real world. The first half of the film lovingly portrays a dictatorial Major Chouhan (Patekar himself) subjecting the youthful male bodies to some gruelling tests. We learn that the major’s Messianism is rooted in a tragic childhood: his mother was sold as a prostitute and he spends the rest of his life compensating for the helplessness he felt then. When one of the major’s wards is killed by gangsters extracting protection money from his father, the local baker, Patekar confronts the thugs, but the ordinary folk in the area do not understand the need for drastic action and the hero is forced to massacre the villains in the dead of night, watched only by the widow of one of their former victims. The climax is, in the light of subsequent events in Bombay, a chillingly deliberate orgy of violence. The ensuing court case sentences Patekar to a lunatic asylum, where he fantasises about his naked, pubescent army.

Cast: Dimple Kapadia, Madhuri Dixit, Nana Patekar

Crew: Nana Patekar (Director), Debu Deodhar (Director of Photography), Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar (Music Director), Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Action, Drama, Thriller

Release Dates: 01 Jan 1991 (India)

Tagline: The Final Attack

Hindi Name: प्रहार

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
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Taglines:
The Final Attack