Amitabh Bachchan starrer Jhund is inspired by an episode of Amir Khan’s show Satyameva Jayate and the makers held back the release of the movie to release it in theatres.
What to Expect from Jhund
To improve one’s life, proper guidance is required. At the end of the film, as the plane takes off, it is written on the outer wall of the airport below that it is strictly forbidden to cross this wall. A dense slum can be seen across the wall.
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Nagraj Popatrao Manjule has symbolically raised the voice of the slum’s downtrodden, who rarely get a chance to break the shackles imposed by society and soar high in the sky, through Jhund. The film is based on the life of sports coach Vijay Barse, who founded the non-profit organization ‘Slum Soccer.’ Vijay’s NGO has improved the lives of slum children by popularizing football.
The story begins with the activities of the slum’s youth. They ride their bikes in a herd and clean their hands on the chains of women’s necks and mobile phones of passers-by. Coal was stolen from a goods train.
Some of them pick up trash or even sell marijuana. Some are also drug addicts. Although no one is more educated than the fifth in terms of education, the hairstyle is worthy of a movie star. Don, aka Ankush Masran (Ankush Gedam), is the group’s protagonist, whose father is an alcoholic and mother is a housewife.
While leaving the school’s back gate in the rain, sports coach Vijay Borade (Amitabh Bachchan) notices a group of slum dwellers playing football with plastic boxes. Vijay’s retirement is approaching. He pays these children 500 rupees per day to play football for half an hour. They agree to play because they are greedy for money.
Vijay’s motivation for becoming addicted to football is noble. How do these children change as a result of participating in sports? What obstacles must Vijay overcome in order for his cause to be successful? The story progresses with these episodes, which show how Don’s past becomes a hindrance to his sports career.
Nagraj Popatrao Manjule wrote the story, screenplay, dialogues, and directed Jhund, which will be released in theaters on March 4 (Friday). He also played a role in the film. Manjule had previously directed the Marathi film Sairat, which was based on the issue of honor killings and was released in 2016.
Jhund, like Sairat, is his masterpiece. Nagraj has depicted the life of people living in slums, their difficulties, dreams, problems, and the outside world’s attitude toward them in great detail. Before the intermission, the film moves in a straight line. Watching the on-screen football game between the slum patti and the college kids, it appears that the game is actually taking place.
There is a lot of tension in the audience about whether they will win or lose. The reactions of the slum dwellers in the audience are depicted in an intriguing manner. Similarly, the scene of Don’s airport security check says a lot without any dialogue. Ajay Atul composed the song Aaya Ye Jhund Hai.. Karnpriya Hai.
Amitabh Bachchan has done an excellent job as Vijay Borade. His fans of all ages will enjoy this film. The majority of the film’s cast are aspiring and slum dwellers and everyone’s work is outstanding.
On-screen, he does not appear phoney. Ankush Geedam, who plays Don, has captured the character’s mood, passion for the game, and sufferings admirably. Akash Toshar and Rinku Rajguru from ‘Sairat’ are also in the story. Akash is a good choice for the antagonist.
While depicting a harsh reality, this film occasionally laughs and shakes. Despite the length, you remain committed to the story.
In one scene, Amitabh Bachchan’s character says that beyond the walls of schools, colleges, and universities, there is a vast India that we must consider.
The message is clear: if aimless children receive the right guidance, their lives can be transformed and they can join the mainstream.