Bobby Deol at his best?
A well-known police officer Vijay Singh (Bobby Deol) who does his duty with full integrity & honesty is being punished for doing his job & is transferred to the Police Academy to serve as the dean. It takes no time for Vijay to realize that the only way to fix the system is by mending it from the inside, so to accomplish his mission he trains five policemen (who are also his cadets) to become lethal assassins.
Cast & Crew
Class of 83 is produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment & was released on 21 August on Netflix. The Hindi crime drama stars Bobby Deol as the main Protagonist while debutants Bhupendra Jadawat, Hitesh Bhojraj, Sameer Paranjape, Ninad Mahajani and Prithvik Pratap portrays the five policemen who are also supported by Anup Soni, Joy Sengupta and Vishwajeet Pradhan.
- Tittle – Class of 83
- Genre – Crime/Drama
- Director – Atul Sabharwal
- Writer – Abhijeet Deshpande
- Producer – Shah Rukh Khan, Gauri Khan & Gaurav Verma
- Star Cast – Bobby Deol
The Review Breakdown
Story/Screenplay – Tale of the film is based on the book The Class of 83 by Hussain Zaidi which is set during the 1980s when Mumbai was Bombay & underworld activities were at its peak.
Righteous police officer Vijay Singh arrives at the Police Training Centre in Nasik to take charge as the dean, the whole activity is kind of a punishment posting or demotion for Vijay as he uprightly performed his job while going against the wishes of those powerful to him. Also, there is a mental trauma that dwells in his mind caused due to the death of his wife.
While training the aspiring cops who are soon to be serving for the Bombay police Vijay now fully believes that the only course of action needed to reinstate the law and order in the incompetent system is to improvise it from within. To fulfil his goal he soon recruits five police personnel from his batch & starts drilling them to become encounter specialists.
The screenplay from Abhijeet Deshpande (co-writer of Shootout At Wadala) looks very specific and transparent but misses the strength that is required to be put in a crime drama involving cops and other anti-cop elements. At some point, it feels that the writing is best suited for reading or studying and not for any well-built cop-criminal saga. The screenplay also uses some everyday techniques to push the plot forward like flashbacks and narration that doesn’t favour the film, instead, they could let the performances of the character do the work.
Direction – Director Atul Sabharwal tries to wrap up the story within 98 minutes of running time with frequent scene cuts, a move that is well planned to save the lengthiness appears backfiring on the film. One of the key reasons is that the film runs fast through its movement from one point to other when it should have made its characters complete. However, the direction & screenplay are both very clear and purposeful.
Acting – Bobby Deol keeps the attention to himself through his performance while his protégés played by the newcomers Bhupendra Jadawat, Hitesh Bhojraj, Sameer Paranjape, Ninad Mahajani and Prithvik Pratap are worth appreciable. Anup Soni as the corrupt politician and Vishwajeet Pradhan as the fitness coach mindfully play their part.
Music – One of the saving graces of the film is Viju Shah’s background score that goes very well synthesized with the events showcased in the film. It truly supports the director’s storytelling while giving out unpredicted importance to the urgency of the transit.
The technical aspects of the film is another grace point for the film that makes it likable. The location set-up of the ’80s backed up by the vehicles of that era and the layered picture shades of the buildings truly takes you back in time. Also adding to the positivity is the cinematography of Mario Poljac whose smooth camerawork and laminated lighting create an expressive, mood booster environment. With Viju Shah’s original score at the background, everything looks very effective. Not to miss the performances of the cast.
The film very well tries to envision the audience through creating an atmosphere of mysterious past and invulnerability for Vijay Singh only to be partially successful. Gangsters being easily shot to death in well-planned encounters, absence of a strong negative character is one of the factors that contribute to the film’s biased narration. Nonetheless, the movie tries to keep its hold using its cinematography, production design, transparent storyline, and a well-synthesized background score. Class of 83 is a kind of work that won’t be hated by the viewers but also will not be liked by them as well, so this places it in the average crime drama category.
A well-known police officer Vijay Singh (Bobby Deol) who does his duty with full integrity & honesty is being punished for doing his job & is transferred to the Police Academy to serve as the dean. It takes no time for Vijay to realise that the only way to fix the system is by mending it from the inside, so to accomplish his mission he trains five policemen (who are also his cadets) to become lethal assassins.
- Cinematography & Background score.
- clarity of the plot.
- The usual cop-criminal story.
- Director’s rush & incomplete fleshing out of the characters.
Story & Screenplay
Cast & Crew