Rajiv Rai - Director / Kalyanji Anadji - Music
Anad Bakshi - Lyrics / Running time: 2 hours 46 minutes
I'm sure all of you will agree with me when I say that nothing gets the ol' blood pumping like a Bollywood action movie. Right? Well I thought it was time to watch some stuff blowing up, and here we are with 1989's Tridev. Tridev ("trinity," pronounced almost like tree-dave) was another "cold" purchase for me. I saw the cast description and knew about 80% of them, so I figured it would be okay. For the most part, we've got a crime drama that fancies itself as an action movie. It's fairly formulaic and doesn't really break any new ground in the action movie genre, so there's not a whole lot else to prep us with! I'll just get right to the point and have a look at our repeat performers!
I swear I am not out to get Sunny Deol. It's just a coincidence that the next Jackie Shroff movie I covered also happens to have Mr. Deol prominently featured. I will do my best to avoid him for a few movies after this one! Sunny's been around the site several times before, appearing in Dushmani, Jaani Dushman, and the most recent article, Darr. Here he sticks close to his established strengths - he plays a tough guy that likes hitting people and shouting. Rest easy, gentle reader. He's doing it here too.
Next up is one of my favorites - Jackie Shroff. I swear, if I didn't already have a dad, I'd want to be adopted by Mr. Shroff. He's been on Army of Monkeys many times already, and he is always welcome here. I'm sure you all have heard about his exploits in 100 Days, 1942: A Love Story (short), Agni Sakshi, Devdas (short), Dushmani, Jung, Khal Nayak, and Rangeela. Jackie's doing what he does best in this movie - whatever he's told to do. None of Jackie's followers will be disappointed in his performance here, so no worries there.
We also have Naseeruddin Shah with us today. I like his work as well. Having seen some of his other films, it would appear that his roles tend to get more serious as his career progressed (for the most part). He's a little flamboyant in this movie, but he's still as likable as always. He's made previous appearances here in Asambhav, and China Gate (short).
Madhuri Dixit is also with us for this film, but in a rather minor role. We're a bit early in her career with this one, and as such she is not really the main female lead. She's also appeared in 100 Days, Anjaam, Devdas (short), Khal Nayak, and Lajja (short). I don't want to give away too much this early on, but she doesn't tear any chunks out of people's arms in this one. To me, that comes as good news.
Anupam Kher is with us again in one of his more serious roles. I much prefer those to his "bumbling idiot" roles, which unfortunately do turn up somewhat frequently. He's been here in 1942: A Love Story, (short) Khal Nayak, Dushmani, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (short), and Yeh Hai Jalwa.
Everyone's favorite villain is back! Amrish Puri takes on the mantle of evil once again. He's in full swing in our film du jour, complete with bandolier and maniacal laughter. He's been known to appear in such films as Karan Arjun, Taarzan - The Wonder Car, Taal, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (short) and China Gate (short).
Last but not least is Dalip Tahil. He's usually playing a bad guy, and does so here. Try to look surprised. He has turned up in a few movies here at AoM, including Gupt, Mast, and Baazigar.
One last note to make: I need to apologize for how these screen captures are going to look. It's pretty clear that the DVD was made directly from an old videotape, complete with little "video" lines and very poor picture quality. It's as good as I can make it, but I do apologize in advance.
For this outing, we have on the roster:
|Karan Saxena (Sunny Deol) - A hard-nosed cop who plays by his own rules! I'll bet you guess that he gets along well with his superior officers!|
|Ravi Mathur (Jackie Shroff) - The son of the police commissioner who rebels against the law so that he might defend it! No really, he does this.|
|Jai Singh (Naseeruddin Shah) - Almost a Robin Hood type of guy. He lives in a small village area and isn't used to all the hustle and bustle of the big city. Handy with a sword!|
|Divya Mathur (Madhuri Dixit) - Ravi's younger sister and betrothed to Karan Saxena. You can already see this getting complicated, can't you?|
|Natasha Tejani (Sangita Bijlani) - A dancer that infiltrates the Evil Syndicate to bring it down from the inside. Guess who she ends up with!|
|Renu (Sonam) - A film heroine that falls for the simple charms of Jai Singh when she is "rescued" on the set of her big film.|
|Commissioner Mathur (Anupam Kher) - A die-hard man of the law. He won't even forgive his own son for protecting his daughter's honor! That's just how harsh he is.|
|Bhujang/Bhairav Singh (Amrish Puri) - Our evil mastermind and all-around Bad Guy. He's an arms dealer and enjoys killing the odd person here and there.|
|Don (Dalip Tahil) - Sort of the Top Thug for the evil syndicate, he does a lot of Bhujang's legwork in the hopes that he one day gets a last name. Just kidding on the last part there.|
You will believe that a moustache can be a completely convincing disguise.