Dev Anand, Jackie Shroff, Divya Dutta, Naseeruddin
Shah, Shehzad Khan, Riya Sen
He was one of the most dashing personalities of his
times for whom girls used to die for. Dev Anand, the
evergreen hero is back with his new film Chargesheet.
The story is about Sultanbhai (Naseeruddin Shah) who is
an underworld don based in Dubai, and has promised
Maria, his mistress a big budget Bollywood film.
So Maria lands in India and visits the sets of a big
budget film which is entirely being shot in Panchgani in
Maharashtra. Mahesh (Jackie Shroff) is the director of
this film which is being financed by the Dubai don.
Minnie’s father-in-law Gambhir Singh who is an ex high
profile police man (played by Dev Anand) wants her to
return home, after she walked out on her husband and
child to chase her dreams of stardom. Minnie is adamant
to stay here, thus the irate ex cop feels like killing
her, and even attempts choking Minnie to death with his
bare hands. Somehow he spares her. But this incident is
witnessed by the people on the set.
That night, Minnie is shot in a guest house that houses
the film unit. The main suspect is Gambhir Singh and the
police are after him.
Politician Amar Singh has played the role of the home
minister in this film in his brief appearance. As he has
high ideals throughout his life and untarnished moral
values, the ex cop is given a week’s time by the home
minister to nab the culprit.
Dev Anand - Gambhir Singh
Jackie Shroff – Mahesh (film director)
Divya Dutta as Mini
Naseeruddin Shah as Sultan
Riya Sen - Special Appearance
Milind Gunaji as Jimmy
Yashpal Sharma as Suraj
Shaila Khan as Marian
Devshi Khanduri - Cham Cham
Amar Singh in a special appearance
Mahesh as a director has given
many hit films in the past with his heroine Minnie Singh (Divya
Dutta) but is less inclined to repeat her in the new
venture as he has to launch Maria via this film.
If she is not given the main lead in this new film, the
established actress Minnie Singh threatens the director to
expose him in front of his family about their personal
liaisons. This director has now decided to get her
murdered through underworld.
Minnie also tries the other way around and tries to seduce
the hero of the film Suraj (Chirag Patil) to recommend her
as the lead heroine which Suraj doesn’t appreciate. Being
coerced to do the same, and receiving threats from the
actress, he too feels like wiping off Minnie.
Chargesheet has a completely unexpected climax. Even the
villagers of Maharastra take up weapons towards the end.
The film condemns the corruption that engulfed the police
force. Even honest and hard working officers have been
corrupted by the lure of big money. It also makes a point
of the most wanted dreaded criminals having a joyful
existence in other countries. Now it is entirely up to
Gambhir Singh to single handedly unravel the layers of
corruption and reveal the truth.
With great respect for the evergreen Dev Saab it gets 2
stars even if the script, direction and the screenplay are
Banner - Navketan International, Warner Bros
Director - Dev Anand
Screenplay - Dev Anand
Lyricist - Anant Joshi, Neeraj
Music Director - Ad Boys
Costume Design - Sonia Dhingra