Дата публикации: 2018-05-27 17:32
Jaani Dushman acts like the identity of the killer is a mystery, but it flat out tells us very early on that Thakur, the village leader, is possessed with the evil Prasad. It shows him having a sweaty, mental breakdown seeing a bride in red, and we may even hear his inner thoughts clarifying that he is in fact possessed (I could be totally making that up… I can’t be bothered scanning through the two and a half hour running time to rewatch this bit). But nope, we get red herring after red herring, despite knowing full well who the killer is.
A ghostly face of an angry ghost appears and tells them his story. This furious spirit is Thakur Jwala Prasad (Raza Murad). In a flashback, we discover that Jwala was poisoned by his red-clad wife (Sheetal) on his wedding night. She married him for his money and ran off, cashed up, with her lover. Prasad’s angry soul lives on, killing any bride in red he comes across.
Lakhan (Sunil Dutt) and Reshma (Reena Roy), daughter of the village vaid, Madan Puri, want to get married. In turn, Reshma is coveted by Shera (Shatrughan Sinha), son of the village thakur (Sanjeev Kumar) even though Shera is liked by Champa (Rekha). There is a further twist in the tale, as Thakur’s daughter (Bindiya Goswami) secretly loves Lakhan. The tussle over Reshma brings Lakhan and Shera in direct conflict to each other. Then there is the Jeetendra-Neetu Singh story within the story. How the many sided geometrical love structure pans out can only be understood after watching the film.
Of the cast, Sanjeev Kumar, as the grey haired thakur is competent, as are Sunil Dutt, Shatrughan Sinha and Jeetendra (each sticking to his trademark style of acting and dialogue delivery, without much innovation or conviction). Same is the case with Rekha (she looks pretty but her accent quite jarring and uncalled for), Reena Roy and Neetu Singh – their roles are limited to dance sequences and a few other scenes each.
Jaani Dushman ( 8775 Beloved Enemy 8776 ) is a 6979 Indian Bollywood supernatural horror film produced and directed by Rajkumar Kohli from a screenplay by Inder Raj Anand. It stars Sunil Dutt, Sanjeev Kumar, Jeetendra, Shatrughan Sinha, Vinod Mehra, Rekha, Reena Roy Neetu Singh.
So anyway, the bride’s dead, so is the creepy guy that Prasad possessed. Problem solved, right? NO! We’re only five minutes into the film! We then flash forward some kind of small amount of time. We’re thrown into the middle of some village drama where a local bride has just been kidnapped. No one knows what happened, but we do! It was the hairy bride-killing monster!
A beautiful girl, unfortunately possessed from her childhood by a vengeful spirit, wanders around lonely places to seduce and kill people and thus, gradually becoming lost into a dark world of revenge and lust.
The spirit of Prasad chases the married couple out of his haunted house then WHAM! We cut to what appears to be a totally unrelated scene of a creepy guy (played by the face that haunted my childhood — Amrish Puri of Temple of Doom !) who has kidnapped a bride. He’s forcing himself upon the bride when suddenly he becomes possessed by Prasad’s evil spirit, which I guess just makes him extra evil? He was, after all, already a rapist. He turns into a hairy, long-armed monster and kills the bride by crushing her neck with his giant, hairy foot.
8775 Compared to today’s Bollywood standards the film may seem technically outdated and jaded but keeping the late 75s in mind it was quite suitably placed in terms of technique: special effects (B. Gupta), make-up, costumes (Bhanu Athaiya, although men’s dresses were rather outlandish, sound (Mangesh Desai), editing (Shyam maintains continuity and ensures that the number of diversions from the main screenplay are kept minimum), stunts (Abdul Ghani) and cinematography. 8776 Aps Malhotra, The Hindu
A whole series of brides is murdered. Meanwhile, a romantic tug-of-war between Lakhan and Shera with Reshma in the middle ensues. In-between all this nonsense we get goofy sketches with characters who I think we’re supposed to be blind acting stupid. There were long sequences in this where I honestly had no clue what was supposed to be going on. The film also breaks the fourth wall regularly.