Dirty Politics Movie Review

Ostensibly this is a film which is supposed to put the spotlight on how politics is the preserve of perverts and goons

Rating: 0.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: March 6, 2015 5:43 pm
dirty politics, mallika sherawat We see ankles, legs, bosom, back, all bare. Puri hams it up and makes the most of his lecher, pawing away happily.

Star Cast: Om Puri, Mallika Sherawat, Naseerudin Shah, Astutosh Rana, Anupam Kher
Director: K C Bokadia

There was really no earthly reason for me to drag myself off to see `Dirty Politics’, espcially on Holi, because the last time K C Bokadia did something worth looking at was more years back than I can remember.

But then I whizzed past all my pals splashing `gulal’, dodging several enthusiastic kids and their coloured water filled balloons, to see just how many shades Mallika Sherawat has left. This was the actor who sizzled her way up the Bollywood ladder, left to hang out with Jackie Chan, and then headed out to potential Hollywood blockbusters. Last seen, the hot Indian export was being a sorry serpent. And then the lady vanished.

She’s re-appeared as Anokhi Devi ( shades of Bhanwari Devi?) from Rajasthan. A not-very educated dancing girl ( helpfully called ‘nachaniya’ ) whose lush charms take her from the stage where she dances, twirling her `ghagra’, to the political arena where she makes men swing to her tune.

There was a time Ms Sherawat showed she had the potential to move past bimbette-dom. ‘Dirty Politics’, however, is not the film where she fulfills it. She flounces about in her `ghagras’, letting the camera peep up. More flesh is on display, when Om Puri, playing the Dirty Old Man to the hilt, has many chances to have at her.

We see ankles, legs, bosom, back, all bare. Puri hams it up and makes the most of his lecher, pawing away happily. The spectators include a clueless Naseer. Ditto Anupam Kher. Ostensibly this is a film which is supposed to put the spotlight on how politics is the preserve of perverts and goons ( Jackie Shroff as a kohl-eyed bad guy muttering threats is hilarious, and just one of the unintentionally funny elements), and how men in power prey upon women.

No such luck. What we get is the kind of film which should have been deep-sixed before it was thought of. And dialogues that had me guffawing helplessly because there was nothing else I could do. Puri, bending over Sherwat : you know how a tiger attacks? ( Oh the poor man, I felt for him). Sherawat, biting his ear : ‘kaat khaaongi’.

And then Sherawat is made to pull out the ‘ch…’ word from her arsenal and yell it out, when she is not crossing her legs, seated on a throne, Sharon Stone-style. And here I thought ‘gaalis’ were being excised left, right and centre.

This is it, kiddies. Me, I’m off to grab the left-over `gujiyas’ and ‘thandai’.

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    Robert W.
    Jul 24, 2016 at 2:50 am
    The film "Dirty Politics" is a dirty BOMB. Robert W. Foy, A Bollywood buff, Hindi and I have enjo many.
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      K Naresh
      Mar 12, 2015 at 8:33 pm
      Shubhra Gupta seems to reserve her bile for this film whose only flaw is that it seems dated. I personally felt and sleaze are still stock-in-trade in Indian politics and film critics/journalists like her know that it is a very obvious thing which they prefer to ignore, given the monumental hypocrisy which the media reserves for politicians and their peccadilloes. It seemed she was more keen on showing how smart she can write rather than focus on the brisk pace with which the film progressed, what in other words is the characteristic of a 'sleeper hit' film. I somehow feel the film industry is justified in feeling wronged at times when such kinds of reviews appear in reputed publications like yours. I also wonder what would have happened if there were bigger names in the film which would have surely altered the tone of this muck that has been ped around as a review!!
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      1. Satish Chandra
        Mar 6, 2015 at 7:33 pm
        PRESS RELEASE MARCH 5, 2015 ANY AMERICAN SEEN IN INDIA Satish Chandra E-Mail: Telephone: 1-647-556-2906 ANY AMERICAN SEEN IN INDIA SHOULD IMMEDIATELY HAVE HIS HEAD SAWED OFF. Satish Chandra
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          sheokesh
          Mar 7, 2015 at 10:41 am
          her second name is sahrawat nor sherawat
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          1. Mohan Mohan
            Mar 6, 2015 at 9:23 pm
            Politics ! Ugliest part pf the modern society. Hide it under bikini !
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