200 Halla Ho Movie Review Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars (two and a half stars)
Star cast: Amol Palekar, Rinku Rajguru, Barun Sobti, Indraneil Sengupta, Upendra Limaye, Saloni Batra and ensemble.
Director: Sarthak Dasgupta (IMDb credits Alok Batra as co-director)
What is good: It is a wake-up call to our collective privilege to see what is happening around us or outside our skyscrapers and it is not enough for us. Atrocities, the caste class division is almost controlling the system and this is a true story.
What is bad: The exaggerated approach to many things and a character of a tone given to Amol Palekar, with which he tries to make gold.
Loo Break: Take it if you want
To look or not ?: The shot in the movie isn’t something we haven’t seen, but the story is definitely one everyone should know. A large part of this actually happened and you should know it.
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I suggest reading an in-depth article about Akku Yadav’s execution case in The Guardian (dated September 16, 2005). It tells of a mob of 200 women who entered the court and lynched their predator, who exploited many of them physically and mentally for more than a decade in Nagpur. 200 Halla Ho is inspired by there and almost sticks with the real story with some creative liberties.
200 Halla Ho Movie Review: Script Analysis
In 2004, Nagpur woke up to the strangest murder he had ever seen. 200 women from Kasturba Nagar, who were not only harassed, but many of them raped by Akku Yadav and his gang, killed him at the same time giving him 70 serious injuries and cutting his genitals. All this does not take place in a dark and secret place, but in broad daylight in the lobby of the Nagpur city court. There is a lot about this case online. Usha Narayane, on whom Asha de Rinku relies freely, still continues to fight. Read and educate yourself.
Coming to 200 Halla Ho the movie. Written by Sarthak Dasgupta, Abhijeet Das, and Soumyajit Roy, the film is inspired by the same story. Following the non-linear format of the narrative, the film begins with the murder taking place, and then it is slowly explained to us how, why and what ignited this fire that took the predator with it. Writers don’t waste time preparing the story, which works for the betterment of the entire product.
History is a reflection of the segment of society that we do not know or do not know. How marginalized communities spend their lives to gain basic respect from society and how the women in their midst have tougher battles to fight. It is also a look at predators who exploit women because they are either not equipped to protect themselves or have no voice to take them out.
200 Halla Ho for a significant part is alarming and gives you goosebumps because the disclaimer makes it clear that it really happened. The writing that takes liberties also creates an eerily brutal plan. Police brutality, caste politics and gender warfare are raging. When the broth boils, he takes the monster with him, but at the cost of 200 women being called assassins. In each part, the writers were out there, emphasizing that I was with them.
But they definitely lost me when they started to induce exaggerated things into the script. From the actors speaking in idioms (mainly Amol Palekar) to the women crying melodramatically, everything seemed to act more than real. The characters do not receive more than the newspaper article that we have already read. Rinku Rajguru’s Asha, based on real-life Usha, is also about to take a job at a hotel in Punjab.
It is given a romantic angle with Barun Sobti’s Umesh, but is given too much breeze to almost become their love affair during some scenes. We have gone way ahead of having a love angle and romantic track in every movie, but the writers here forget it.
I don’t deny it, this is a story tailor-made for a movie, but the writers don’t give it the meat it deserves. Watch Pink starring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu, respect each character that graces the screen and gives them a layered universe. 200 Halla Bol fails in that department.
200 Halla Ho Movie Review: Star Performance
I can’t do this to an Amol Palekar performance, but for an actor of his caliber, the character is too monotonous and doesn’t give him enough to shine, aside from a few scenes. The dialogues don’t help him either because they’re mostly idioms, and it seems like he’s giving a voice-over even to a scene he’s in.
Rinku Rajguru is a wise choice because her Asha is Marathi and her Hindi accent helps. But even his character after a point becomes one-dimensional. Barun Sobti’s cute eye charm doesn’t do much to create impact. The actor performs well. Upendra Limaye and Indraneil Sengupta do what they do best.
Let’s address the bad man here. Sahil Khattar, for the most part, looks like she’s vlogging for her Khattarnak YouTube channel, but in an evil way. Not much effort has been made to create it, Sahil is told to be Sahil, add a little flirty attitude and the abusive dialogue will do the remaining work. I’d like to keep my hopes on 83 because I really don’t want to judge him for this performance.
200 Halla Ho Movie Review: Direction, Music
Sarthak Dasgupta as a director focuses more on the drama and less on the subtlety of it all. The story itself has enough drama, and inducing more just makes it a TV series. Also, how many more OTT court scenes do we have to deal with until we get our next Pink or Mulk? By now, we all know that lawyers don’t walk across a courtroom while presenting their case, and there are not 100 people present in a courtroom while they listen.
The music album has a romantic track that makes no sense in the story. The haunting clue in the end credits is what deserves a mention.
200 Halla Ho Movie Review: The Final Word
Reading the story online gave me enough chills and I was hoping the on-screen execution was just as unsettling. To some extent it was, but the drama took over. See if you can ignore some things.
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200 Hall launches on August 20, 2021.
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