Jane Bhi Do Yaroon

An awesome cast, enviable crew, an amazing script with unforgettable one-liners generously sprinkled around, an inspiring song – well, I’m talking about Kundan Shah’s laughathon Jane Bhi Do Yaroon (JBDY). Produced by National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), this 1983 movie is now a classic in Indian cinema.

The movie begins with two wanna be photographer Vinod Chopra (Naseeruddin Shah) and Sudhir Mishra (Ravi Vaswani) waiting for guests and customers at the opening of their photo studio – Beauty Studio. The opening is a flop. But they get an assignment from the manipulative editor of Khabardar magazine, Shobha (Bhakthi Barve). The assignment involves getting proof of links between the power-hungry builder Tarneja (Pankaj Kapur) and the greedy Municipal Commissioner De’Mello( Sathish Shah)

Tarneja with his two side-kicks Ashok (Sathish Kaushik) and Priya (Neena Gupta) bribe De’Mello with Swiss chocolate cake, flat and cash to get their passed tenders revised and to get the contract for another bridge.

Then there is the ever drunk black-listed builder Ahuja(Om Puri). He too bribes De’Mello for the same bridge. Tarneja tries to strike a deal with Ahuja which is spoiled by Vinod and Sudhir. De’Mello double crosses both Tarneja and Ahuja and awards the contract to a third party.

In the meantime, Vinod and Sudhir decide to enter a photography contest. They start taking pictures in random and while developing one such picture, they accidentally discover that they have clicked a picture of Tarneja murdering someone. They go back to investigate and find a dead body. But before they can identify the who was murdered the body disappears. After a few more clues, they guess that it is De’Mello’s body. They find the body buried under a bridge built by Tarneja. They take pictures of the body and again the body disappears.

They show the pictures to Shobha and lie to her that they have the body. Shobha tries to blackmail Tarneja but is unsuccessful. Shobha realizes our heroes don’t have the body and the heros realize Shobha’s shrewdness. They also get to know that Ahuja has the body at his guest house.

Now starts the hilarious ride of the corpse, wheeled by Vinod and Sudhir and followed by Ahuja, Shobha and Kamdar (Shobha’s assistant) as one party and Tarneja, Ashok, Priya and the new Municipal Commissioner Srivatav as the other party. They ride through Muslim parties and a Mahabharata drama. The Mahabharata drama is perhaps the most comic sequences in Indian cinema. The corpse being Draupadi and the scene being Draupadi Vastraharan. Vinod poses as Duryodhan, Sudhir as Dushasan, Ahuja as Bhim, Tarneja as Drupad. Later Kamdar becomes Shenshah Akbar and Ashok becomes Shezada Salim. Watch it, I have no words to describe the scene.

The movie was a path breaking movie and is the first black comedy of Indian cinema. JBDY has some big names both on and behind the screen. On screen we had Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Sathish Shah, and Pankaj Kapur. Behind screen we have Sudhir Mishra ( Asst Director and co-writer) who later directed Dharavi, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Chameli, etc and Vidhu Vinod Chopra( as Dushasan and also Production Controller) is now a well known face in bollywood. Also note that the heroes in the movie were named after them.

Performance wise there are hardly any flaws. All the actors fit the characters to the T. Same with the direction. For a movie made in a stringent budget of Rs.8 lakhs, they’ve done a wonderful job behind the camera.

Here are some scenes you must watch out for:

  1. Vinod and Shobha at De’Mello’s house.
  2. Conversation between Vinod and Ashok at Tarneja’s house.
  3. A drunk Ahuja finds De’ Mello’s body in a coffin and takes him home.
  4. Vinod used by Shobha and when Vinod realizes this.
  5. The skate in Ahuja’s guest house on which almost everyone slips.
  6. And ofcourse the Mahabharata disaster.

JBDY is not just a laugh riot. It a satire which mocks the existing corruption. And also, remember its a black comedy with “Hum honge kameyab ek din” played in the last scene.