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Kya Yahi Sach Hai

Kya Yahi Sach Hai

Source: General

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Saturday 31 December 2011

Movie Title

Kya Yahi Sach Hai

Director

Y P Singh

Star Cast

Ashok Beniwal, Bobby Vats, Nilesh Malhotra, Saurabh Dubey, Raju Mavani

Corruption was 2011's buzzword, likely to continue into the new year. It's an issue that has always been a concern, and came into focus as Anna Hazare pushed for the Lokpal Bill.

Despite supporting corruption in its own way, the country was fed up of it. This film by former IPS officer Y P Singh, based on his book Carnage by Angels, exposes the corrupt nexus between the police and politicians.

And in the middle of this nexus arrives honest, upright cop Raghu Kumar who really wants to make a difference. When posted in a small town, he cleans up the act there.

The film shows how illegal gambling dens ruin families. They show the heart-rending example of a family man who turns abuser when he loses money gambling. The wife, a teacher, earns for the house and two children. He just beats them and takes away the money.

Now, as new cop Kumar cleans up these dens, the women gather around him with flowers to express their gratitude. But naturally, this rattles the existing arrangements, and Kumar is now in the line of fire.

Kya Yahi Sach Hai has a raw, real texture. You know that it's made by an insider who's portraying their own experiences. So there are scenes where illegal business heads negotiate a hafta deal over cutting chai in a dingy haunt. Or when cops mercilessly beat up those they've just arrested.

You can't help being dismayed at the level of corruption when the films shows politicians fixing rates for top posts in the police. Those interested but who cannot afford the fee, look for sponsors whose illegal interests the newly-appointed cop will look after. Or when a Women's Harassment Cell head is busy brokering deals between the rich and the powerful.

Where the film falters is in its confusion between illegality and morality. So a top doctor refusing critical treatment till his fees is paid is immoral, not necessarily illegal. Again, the arrest of everyone in a pub, assuming they're all doing drugs is a bit much. Then again, why does a film that preaches to this extent need to insinuate a risque dance number?

The performances are largely good. Atmospherics of a typical government office are captured authentically, right down to the way tea and refreshments are served.

Kya Yahi Sach Hai offers to blow the lid off the unholy liaisons between the law-makers and law-breakers. But you wonder if it's still way too sanitised and sugar-coated for the audience.

An interesting watch for the subject, but be warned, the film falters in its amateur storytelling and dated look.

Rating: 2 stars

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