On 13 August 2004, Bharat Kalicharan alias Akku Yadav, a resident of Kasturba Nagar Basti in Nagpur, was stabbed more than 70 times by about 200 to 400 women who entered the court at Nagpur Court after 3 pm and before doing so he threw the whole thing. Red chilli powder in the court room so that everyone’s eyes are closed and no one can see these women. Even though the women had cloths, dupattas and sarees on their faces, they didn’t want to take any risks. After hitting Akku repeatedly, one of the same women cut off his private parts and threw them in the courtroom. Akku died there.
The police, the law and the courts, despite many efforts, could not convict any woman completely. All the accused were acquitted due to lack of evidence regarding the murder as mob lynching. Releasing on ZEE5, director Sarthak Dasgupta’s film “200 Halla Ho” is a story inspired by this true incident that makes one’s heart hard to watch.
Akku Yadav was a gangster. He had dominion over the city of Kasturba. Taking advantage of this fear, he started committing heinous crimes like kidnapping, robbery, rape. His reign lasted for 13 years. Akku was a punk but a coward. He did not allow people to gather anywhere by intimidation, beating or coercion, thinking that everyone was conspiring against me. Akku, who started illegal extortion from shopkeepers, used to rape and sometimes kill women to silence them. There was a setup by the police and some politicians were involved, due to which Akku was always spared. But one day the dam of human patience broke.
40 women of Kasturba Nagar filed an FIR against him for rape. Frightened, Akku surrenders himself to the police and keeps Ash in the lockup. She had an appearance on 13th August where some women from Kasturba Nagar were present to testify but there was also a rumor that Akku would be missed. A heated argument broke out between Akku and a witness outside the courtroom and the woman hit Akku with a slipper. Akku comes out and threatens to see her.
Annoyed that this monster’s terror will never end and that he will do the same thing again once he gets out of jail, all the women of Kasturba Nagar slum throw red chilli powder in the entire court room, rescuing Akku from the police. and attacked him. The murder trial went on for several months, some were arrested but due to lack of evidence and no one to identify the assailants, all the women were released.
Abhijit Das and Soumyajit Roy wrote the story and screenplay based on this true story. Directors Sarthak Dasgupta and Gaurav Sharma assisted him with screenplay and dialogues. In the film, Amal Palekar played the role of Mr. Dangel, a retired Dalit judge. After many years, it’s good to see him in a heavy role and then also remember that Amal Palekar doesn’t consider himself an actor and that’s why after all these years, in a serious role, he becomes the strongest character in the entire film. Don’t be surprised.
Absence of any image of Amol Palekar makes him better and different from many other artists. Rinku Rajguru’s character (Asha Sarve) looks good but like most of his films he is seen delivering dialogues. There was potential to develop his character a bit more. Rinku and lawyer Umesh’s (Varun Sowati) romance sounds great.
The dialogues between Rinku and Amal Palekar, influenced by their Dalit background, were uncomfortable and very filmy. The third strongest actor in the film was Sahil Khattar. Her character is Valli based on the character of Akku Yadav. Sahil succeeded in awakening the spirit of Jugupsa. His close-ups in the film were not much, so capturing the facial expressions was a bit difficult but Sahil did a great job. Upendra Limaye became a corrupt cop again and he had nothing new.
Some of the film’s dialogues are sharp and sharp and speak of the plight of Dalit society in India, but Amol Palekar, being a retired judge, in a very simple way gives the constitution and the law, the police the highest place. Let’s uncover the test method. There are no shouting arguments even in the courtroom and that is one good thing about this film. A small point that is worth noting is that, when Amal Palekar stepped down as a retired judge and appeared as a lawyer for women and especially Dalit women in this case, the court judge overruled the opposing counsel, honoring him. three objects.
The same thing happens in court. A judge respects another judge. This is a beautiful observation. The last scene felt a bit strange where the women in the court compete to declare themselves the murderers. Such scenes don’t happen in court and here in a tight film, the director has worked to create a little “moment”.
While most of ZEE5’s films look half-baked, “200 Halla Ho” is quite mature and avoids the trite formula. The film must be seen. The situation of brutality and rape against Dalit women is still the same. Sometimes when the law refuses to help, victims take the law into their own hands. However, it is said that victims have the first right to justice, this picture proves this fact.
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First Published: August 30, 2021, 05:11 IST