GHULAMI: A grandmaster epic with Dhar...

GHULAMI: A grandmaster epic with Dharmendra at his Best

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gbolahan

Nigeria

#1 Oct 25, 2010
J.P Dutta’s debut film GHULAMI remains his most powerful film to date, and undeniably his finest film as well. Watching GHULAMI again after 10 years proves to be an enlightening experience as the movie has aged superbly with time, and plays very much like the epic it was intended to be.

This film symbolizes everything Dutta’s cinema has stood for over the years. Searingly long shots Rajasthan’s dry and dusty deserts captured on celluloid with such passion that you can almost taste it, tough men who live and die for a cause with utmost honour, larger than life heroe’s who ooze masculinity and vulnerability in one, and above all a snapshot in history of an important event and era that in today’s times is only read about in books..And to cap it all, it features one of hindi cinema’s most Remarkable Stars, Dharmendra.

Set near India and Pakistan’s border-town of Fatehpur the movie revolves around Ranjit Singh Choudhary (Dharmendra) who has been labeled as a rebel by his schoolmaster and his dad, Makhan’s employer, Bade Thakur (Om Shivpuri), as he could not stand the injustice that was meted to farmers like his dad, and his ancestors who had become economic slaves to the upper-caste Thakurs, who loaned them some money, mortgaged their land, made them toil in the fields, took away their crops, molested their women, and when they passed away, forced their children to take on the debt. Ranjit decides to leave for good, but does return on the very day of his dad’s passing.

He is asked to assume the loan left unpaid by his dad, when he refuses to do so, he is treated as a bandit, leading him to confront the corrupt Police Force. When Bade Thakur’s daughter, Sumitra (Smita Patil), who was Ranjit’s childhood sweetheart, marries DSP Sultan Singh (Nasseridian Shah), a buffalo is slaughtered and left to rot in the community well, poisoning the water, resulting in several deaths, including that of the local schoolmaster. Bandit Surajbhan Singh robs the wedding party, earns the wrath of Sultan, is hunted down, and brutally killed, resulting in Sultan’s promotion as SP. Now the stage is all set for Sultan to capture Ranjit, which he does, but Ranjit manages to escape, joins forces with Havaldar-turned-renegade, Gopi Dada (Khulbhushan Kharbandha ), and an army officer, Jabhar (Mithunda in a seeti-taali role), to confront the Thakurs, and attempt to rid the records that bind the farmers to loans that were taken centuries ago. Sultan has undertaken to stop Ranjit, Gopi, and Jabhar, at all and any costs – and with the might of the law and the Thakurs behind him – it does look like Ranjit and his men may not have any chance at survival – leaving the evil to flourish on forever.
gbolahan

Nigeria

#2 Oct 25, 2010
Dutta stays true to the soul of an epic, and starts the movie by introducing the viewers to a younger version of our central protagonist Ranjit and then spanning his life across 30 odd years. In many ways, Ranjit Singh is a modern day Bhagat Singh who is willing to fight and die for his cause, and Dutta captures the heart and soul of a “classic” like a true master. Interwoven in to the wider politics of Dutta’s blood-soaked saga also lies countless relationships which all tie in perfectly with each other. The most interesting of those is of course shared between Nasseridian Shah and Smita Patil are the “upper caste Thakur’s” slowly breaking away from tradition, yet not fully being able to.

Going into the performances, to begin with Mithun Chakraborthy, he is simply outstanding in a defining role of sorts. Mithun’s honest, simple, clean-hearted army officer Jabbar from Jat Regiment is one that Dutta has used as a reference point in quiet a few of his other ventures too. Mithun’s “koi shak” for example can be seen mouthed by Ajay Devgan in LINE OF CONTROL. The role requires a mass-appealing “icon” for whom the audience have complete sympathy and side with and Mithun take makes the most of this.

Nasseridian Shah and Smita Patil strike as rather “odd” choices to star in this kind of a film in the 80’s when their “parallel” cinema itself was on a verge of a “breakthrough” of sorts. However credit must be given to both Dutta’s vision and both actors who fit in to the “commercial”-dom with complete ease. Shah’s delivery is impeccable and he holds his own against warhorses like Dharmendra and Mithun.
Smita Patil is as elegant and mesmerizing as ever, and delivers a performance worthy of her stature.
Reena Roy is appropriate in her part, though her role could’ve been developed more. Anita Raaj plays her part well.
gbolahan

Nigeria

#3 Oct 25, 2010
The supporting cast has always been crucial in Dutta films, and often play just as important a part as the films leading actors, and GHULAMI is a prime example of this. Khulbhushan Kharbanda is outstanding in his part, and his revenge scene is one that sends shivers down the viewers spines. Dutta since then formed a collaboration of sorts with Kharbandha and features in quiet a few of his other films. Om Shiv Puri is emmaculate as Bade Thakur. Bharat Kapoor, Mazhar Khan, Rajan Haskar and Avtar Gill are well cast..

But above all, this film belongs to one man: DHARMENDRA.. He is in great form and this ranks arguably as one of his greatest performances of all time along with Satyakam, Sholay, Devar and Samadhi..
Dharmendra who plays Ranjit Singh Chowdhury like only he can. Dharmendra encompasses all the traits that a “man” in a Dutta film would require and one can clearly see why an actor like Dharmendra finds such a prominent place in Dutta’s earlier cinema. Despite this being a film of Dharmendra from the 80’s, this alongside HATHYAAR is one of those rare gem’s which allowed Dharmendra to make perfect use of his “he-man” persona and blend it in perfectly with a character. Dharmendra’s towering presence is electrifying and he looks every inch the part he plays.

Dharmendra’s delivery is outstanding here, and Dharampaaji mouth’s O.P Dutta’s magnificent dialogue with total relish. Take for example “Tumne chaudhary ranjit singh par haath uthaya hai thakur aacha nahin kiya yeh galti us waqt mat karna jaab ranjit ke dono haath khuley ho”, yes folks. His mannerisms are conveyed with Sheer Brilliance and gusto such that is charisma leaves you mesmerised.. this is the sort of stuff legends are made of.

The film was nominated for Best film at the filmfare award in 1986 as well as nominated for the National Award for Special Award for Best Feature Film providing wholesome Entertainment.. Although the film Underpeformed at the boxoffice, but that did not deter it from becoming an all-time classic It truly is..

All the cast have done a wonderful job , but the show stopper is Dharmendra..He is simply at his BEST!!!!...
Ramesh japh sikar

Europe

#4 Jun 4, 2011
I like this movie very much as i belongs to shekhawati area(churi miyan village) where fatehpur is situated.its song "mere peko sanam kish galli le gayi pawan....."is one of the best songs of indian movies.anita raj looking gorgeous.she is tall and have pretty looking face,i like her
sandeep chaudhary

Patiala, India

#5 Aug 11, 2011
anyone please update me about the Rajasthan suiting locations of Ghulami . I will visit all the locations as i m heartily attached .
mostly the locations of "Jihale maski " song
Thanks&Rgds
sandeep chaudhary
ravindra jodhawat

Bangalore, India

#6 Feb 1, 2012
sandeep fatehpur shekhawati is situated in sikar district Rajasthan yaha jate hi tume lagega ki kisi se puchhu ranjeet singh choudhary kaha h
sandeep chaudhary

Delhi, India

#7 Feb 13, 2012
If anybody knows please mention locations........
Billu

Alwar, India

#8 Mar 7, 2012
Fatehpur is 150 kms away from Jaipur on Jaipur-Bikaner NH-11.Nice city ever.
sandeep chaudhary

San Jose, CA

#9 May 7, 2012
I visited the locations:::: nice experience
rahul chaudhary

Ashburn, VA

#10 Mar 16, 2013
kya koi mujhe btaega presently ranjit singh chaudhary realty me kis kahan rehte the?
rahul chaudhary

Ashburn, VA

#11 Mar 16, 2013
agar kisi ko pta ho to mujhe is email address par detail bhej de [email protected]
Atiq

Ashburn, VA

#12 Aug 31, 2013
rahul chaudhary wrote:
agar kisi ko pta ho to mujhe is email address par detail bhej de [email protected]
Ranjit Singh Chaudhry har insaan mein hai,har mard mein hai,khud mein talash karo....mil jaayega agar iraade pakke hoan.
Atiq

Ashburn, VA

#13 Feb 11, 2014
Saw Ghulami again for nth time,This movie deserves global presentation,at international film festivals.
Shahenshah

Richmond, Australia

#14 Feb 24, 2014
gbolahan wrote:
The supporting cast has always been crucial in Dutta films, and often play just as important a part as the films leading actors, and GHULAMI is a prime example of this. Khulbhushan Kharbanda is outstanding in his part, and his revenge scene is one that sends shivers down the viewers spines. Dutta since then formed a collaboration of sorts with Kharbandha and features in quiet a few of his other films. Om Shiv Puri is emmaculate as Bade Thakur. Bharat Kapoor, Mazhar Khan, Rajan Haskar and Avtar Gill are well cast..
But above all, this film belongs to one man: DHARMENDRA.. He is in great form and this ranks arguably as one of his greatest performances of all time along with Satyakam, Sholay, Devar and Samadhi..
Dharmendra who plays Ranjit Singh Chowdhury like only he can. Dharmendra encompasses all the traits that a “man” in a Dutta film would require and one can clearly see why an actor like Dharmendra finds such a prominent place in Dutta’s earlier cinema. Despite this being a film of Dharmendra from the 80’s, this alongside HATHYAAR is one of those rare gem’s which allowed Dharmendra to make perfect use of his “he-man” persona and blend it in perfectly with a character. Dharmendra’s towering presence is electrifying and he looks every inch the part he plays.
Dharmendra’s delivery is outstanding here, and Dharampaaji mouth’s O.P Dutta’s magnificent dialogue with total relish. Take for example “Tumne chaudhary ranjit singh par haath uthaya hai thakur aacha nahin kiya yeh galti us waqt mat karna jaab ranjit ke dono haath khuley ho”, yes folks. His mannerisms are conveyed with Sheer Brilliance and gusto such that is charisma leaves you mesmerised.. this is the sort of stuff legends are made of.
The film was nominated for Best film at the filmfare award in 1986 as well as nominated for the National Award for Special Award for Best Feature Film providing wholesome Entertainment.. Although the film Underpeformed at the boxoffice, but that did not deter it from becoming an all-time classic It truly is..
All the cast have done a wonderful job , but the show stopper is Dharmendra..He is simply at his BEST!!!!...
Gobbar !!

Dharmendra is a flop actor !!!!
Lol !!

Gobbar tell me why Dharmendra never ever won an award ?????

Lol because the whole film fraternity knew he was a kutta kamina actor !!!
Shahenshah

Richmond, Australia

#15 Feb 24, 2014
Atiq wrote:
Saw Ghulami again for nth time,This movie deserves global presentation,at international film festivals.
Fudhi no movie of Dilaawar urf Dharmendra deserves anything but to be pulverised immediately !!!! Never to be seen again !!! Lol !!
Rishi

France

#16 Mar 1, 2016
Shahenshah wrote:
<quoted text>
Gobbar !!
Dharmendra is a flop actor !!!!
Lol !!
Gobbar tell me why Dharmendra never ever won an award ?????
Lol because the whole film fraternity knew he was a kutta kamina actor !!!
Dharmendra is a great actor and he has proved it number of times. He did not won any award but that does not make any different. We know awards are sold. In Ghulami he has given mindblowing performance. May be you are addicted to Ghatiya third rate hits of SRK and Sallu so u dont understand what the acting is.
Rishi

France

#17 Mar 1, 2016
@Shahenshah of Chewtias, keep ur mouth shut and get lost. FOFF
Rishi

France

#18 Mar 2, 2016
gbolahan wrote:
J.P Dutta’s debut film GHULAMI remains his most powerful film to date, and undeniably his finest film as well. Watching GHULAMI again after 10 years proves to be an enlightening experience as the movie has aged superbly with time, and plays very much like the epic it was intended to be.
This film symbolizes everything Dutta’s cinema has stood for over the years. Searingly long shots Rajasthan’s dry and dusty deserts captured on celluloid with such passion that you can almost taste it, tough men who live and die for a cause with utmost honour, larger than life heroe’s who ooze masculinity and vulnerability in one, and above all a snapshot in history of an important event and era that in today’s times is only read about in books..And to cap it all, it features one of hindi cinema’s most Remarkable Stars, Dharmendra.
Set near India and Pakistan’s border-town of Fatehpur the movie revolves around Ranjit Singh Choudhary (Dharmendra) who has been labeled as a rebel by his schoolmaster and his dad, Makhan’s employer, Bade Thakur (Om Shivpuri), as he could not stand the injustice that was meted to farmers like his dad, and his ancestors who had become economic slaves to the upper-caste Thakurs, who loaned them some money, mortgaged their land, made them toil in the fields, took away their crops, molested their women, and when they passed away, forced their children to take on the debt. Ranjit decides to leave for good, but does return on the very day of his dad’s passing.
He is asked to assume the loan left unpaid by his dad, when he refuses to do so, he is treated as a bandit, leading him to confront the corrupt Police Force. When Bade Thakur’s daughter, Sumitra (Smita Patil), who was Ranjit’s childhood sweetheart, marries DSP Sultan Singh (Nasseridian Shah), a buffalo is slaughtered and left to rot in the community well, poisoning the water, resulting in several deaths, including that of the local schoolmaster. Bandit Surajbhan Singh robs the wedding party, earns the wrath of Sultan, is hunted down, and brutally killed, resulting in Sultan’s promotion as SP. Now the stage is all set for Sultan to capture Ranjit, which he does, but Ranjit manages to escape, joins forces with Havaldar-turned-renegade, Gopi Dada (Khulbhushan Kharbandha ), and an army officer, Jabhar (Mithunda in a seeti-taali role), to confront the Thakurs, and attempt to rid the records that bind the farmers to loans that were taken centuries ago. Sultan has undertaken to stop Ranjit, Gopi, and Jabhar, at all and any costs – and with the might of the law and the Thakurs behind him – it does look like Ranjit and his men may not have any chance at survival – leaving the evil to flourish on forever.
Great review. I would like to add one more thing, regarding background score by Laxmikant Pyarelal. I am not a fan of LP and they have rarely given noticable background score but Ghulami is exception. Zihale masti song is nice, other songs are okay.
Also regarding Mithun's character, Dutta's first choice was Vinod Khanna but he was busy with Osho Rajneesh and stopped signing movies. But Mithunda also played his character very well.
Atiq

Richmond, TX

#19 Sep 16, 2016
Rishi wrote:
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Dharmendra is a great actor and he has proved it number of times. He did not won any award but that does not make any different. We know awards are sold. In Ghulami he has given mindblowing performance. May be you are addicted to Ghatiya third rate hits of SRK and Sallu so u dont understand what the acting is.
Ye ek ghatiya aurat hai aur naam rakh liya hai Shahenshah!

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