On 13 August 2004, Bharat Kalicharan alias Akku Yadav, a resident of Nagpur’s Kasturba Nagar basti, was stabbed more than 70 times by about 200 to 400 women entering the court at Nagpur court after 3 pm and before doing so, the entire He threw red chili powder in the court room so that everyone’s eyes could be closed and no one could see these women. Although women had wrapped clothes, dupattas and pallus of saris on their faces, yet they did not want to take any risk. After repeatedly hitting Akku, one of the same women also cut off her secret part and threw it in the court room. Akku died there.
Police, law and court made many efforts but they could not hold any woman wholly guilty. Mistaking this murder as a mob lynching, all the accused were acquitted due to lack of evidence. Releasing on ZEE5, director Sarthak Dasgupta’s film “200 Halla Ho” is a story inspired by this true incident that makes one’s heart harden to watch.
Akku Yadav was a gangster. He used to dominate Kasturba Nagar. Taking advantage of this fear, he started committing heinous crimes like kidnapping, dacoity and rape. His empire lasted for 13 years. Akku was a punk but a coward. Thinking that everyone is conspiring against me, he did not allow people to gather anywhere by threats, beatings or coercion. Akku, who started with illegal extortion from shopkeepers, used to rape women to keep their mouth shut and then sometimes even kill them. There was a setting from the police and some politicians had a hand, due to which Akku was always saved. But one day the dam of patience of the people broke.
40 women of Kasturba Nagar together got an FIR registered against him for rape. Out of fear, Akku surrendered himself to the police and kept on ash in the lockup. He had his appearance on 13th August where some women of 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 threatens to come out and see her.
Disturbed by the fact that the terror of this monster will never end and he will do the same thing again after getting released from jail, so all the women of Kasturba Nagar Basti threw red chilli powder in the entire court room, rescued Akku from the policemen. and attacked him. Well, the murder trial was carried out for several months, some arrests were also made, but due to lack of evidence and no one to identify the attackers, all the women were released.
The story and screenplay based on this true incident have been written by Abhijit Das and Soumyajit Roy. Directors Sarthak Dasgupta and Gaurav Sharma assisted him in the screenplay and dialogues. In the film, Amol Palekar played the role of Mr. Dangle, a retired Dalit judge. Years later, it’s nice to see him in a heavy role and then also remember that Amol Palekar doesn’t consider himself an actor and that’s why after all these years, in a serious role, he becomes the most powerful character in the entire film. Wouldn’t have been surprised then.
The absence of any image of Amol Palekar makes him better and different from many other artists. Rinku Rajguru’s character (Asha Surve) looks good but like most of her films, she has been seen doing dialogues. There was a possibility to develop his character a little more. Rinku’s and lawyer Umesh’s (Barun Sobti) romance sounds great.
The dialogues between Rinku and Amol Palekar, stricken from their Dalit backgrounds, were uncomfortable and very filmy. Sahil Khattar was the third most powerful actor in the film. His character Balli is based on the character of Akku Yadav. Sahil was successful in awakening the spirit of Jugupsa. His closeups were not much in the film, so it was a bit difficult to catch expressions on his face but Sahil has done a great job. Upendra Limaye had once again become a corrupt cop and he had nothing new.
Some of the dialogues of the film are very sharp and sharp and speak about the plight of the Dalit society in India, but Amol Palekar being a retired judge gives the highest place to the Constitution and following the law, police in a very easy way. Let’s unravel the test method. There are no screaming arguments even in the courtroom and that is a good thing about this film. One small thing which is worth noting is that Amol Palekar, leaving the cloak of a retired judge, appears in this case as a lawyer for women and especially for Dalit women, then the judge of the court respecting him, the opposition lawyer continues to Overrules 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 as murderers. Scenes like this 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 frivolous formula. The film must be seen. The circumstances of atrocities and rapes on Dalit women are still the same. Some day when the law refuses to help, the victim takes the law into his own hands. Anyway, it has been said that the first right on justice belongs to the victim, this film proves this fact right.
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