Hindi film buffs have all shown great affinity towards villains from the barren lands of Chambal be it Gabbar of Sholay, Jageera of China Town or the many others that made their way to the silver screens. May be that must've been the motivation behind filmmaker Krishna Mishra's efforts to chronicle the decoits of Chambal that people have either loved to see onscreen or read about them in newspapers.
Beehad - The Ravines traces the story of the rise and fall of some of the most notorious decoits and goons from the Chamba Valley, spread in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. It showcases the situations that turn many a villagers into decoits who then loot and rob their homelands as revenge and roam in their territory unchallenged till the much present times when a lot many have lost their sheen and supremacy.
Thanks to the five years of research and the many years in making and releasing, the film appears straight out of '80s completely jaded and faded. The maker tries to keep it real but in the pretext of realism, the grittiness turns into a crude and coarse effect making the film appear revolting.
There are love making scenes in the film which have been shot so sleazily and repulsively that you are left squirming in your seats with disgust. Also the dialogues are replete with expletives which are pointlessly hurled from each and every actor's mouth.
Krishna Mishra prefers blatancy over subtlety and goes all out with real names of the likes of Phoolan Devi, Nirbhay Singh Gujjar so much so that he even gets Maan Singh (Phoolan Devi's husband) for a scene in the film. However, that still does not guarantee for a good watch for the script turns out to be too bungled and slipshod.
What gets increasingly annoying is also the projection of the characters by each and every actor. In order to make the scenes appear hardcore, you have every actor screaming their dialogues throughout the film and none actually deliver even a mediocre act.
If only taking real names and real locations be enough for a film, Beehad - The Ravines would've been a masterpiece. But the repulsive scenes, revolting dialogues, sloppy script and terrible acting renders this film best avoided.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
(1 / 5) : Poor