Starring: Nana Patekar, Rimi Sen, Mohit Ahlawat, Zakir Hussain
Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia
Director Tigmanshu Dhulia got noticed for his powerful portrayal of small-town student politics in Haasil. But, his hallucinatory take on drug-dealing, Charas, came a cropper at the box office. With Shagird, Dhulia tries to regain lost ground and does craft an engaging film. He has a knack for locating his story in its context—the politicos’ sprawling bungalows to the narrow lanes of Chawri Bazaar in Delhi. But his world of vile politicians, foul mafia and trigger-happy corrupt cops has a “been there, done that” feel. While the focus is on the shagird (Mohit Ahlawat), it’s the guru (Nana Patekar) who plays to the gallery. As the...