Netflix Class of 83 movie Review: Bobby Deol in his Masterclass is Worth Watching
Class of 83 movie Review: Netflix latest film Class of 83 starring Bobby Deol is a good film to watch which is one more harping of the gangsters vs honest law enforcers story.
Movie Title: Class of ’83
Class of 83 movie Directed by: Atul Sabharwal
Class of 83 movie Star cast: Bobby Deol, Geetika Tyagi, Anup Soni, Joy Sengupta, Vishwajeet Pradhan, Ninad Mahajani, Bhupendra Jadawat, Sameer Paranjape, Hitesh Bhojraj and Prithvik Pratap
Class of 83 movie Review and Rating: 3.5 Stars (out of 5)
Streaming Platform: Netflix
Class of 83 Movie Story Synopsis
Class of 83 is basically inspired from a book named The Class of 83: The Punishers of Mumbai Police authored by the leading crime journalist S. Hussain Zaidi.
The story of Class of 83 movie is a strong drama where Bobby Deol has played the role of Vijay Singh, the Dean of Policy Academy in Nashik where he gives training to a bunch of five cadets to transform them into the famed encounter specialists.
Set-up in a nicely framed backdrop of 1980s, Class of 83, is a period film when Bombay (now Mumbai) was in grip of the notorious nexus of powerful politicians and criminal gang leaders. Bobby Deol is an honest cop known for doing his duty with integrity and not oiling his bosses and politicians to get cream postings. As he goes against the system he gets a punishment posting as the Dean of Police Training Academy.
During this posting, Dean Vijay Singh decides to take his revenge and cleanse the corrupt system by preparing a special force of encounter specialists out of the five strong headed-backbencher cadets.
Class of 83 Movie Review: Bobby Deol’s Character
Bobby Deol’s casting in Class of 83, as a tough, strong & tortured character of the Dean, sounds counter intuitive as Bobby Deol is more known for his long-haired urbane look flaunting blue goggles. But to the surprise, Bobby did a commendable job by portraying the grimness of Dean’s character who had a tragic past.
Bobby’s character in Class of 83, especially in the scene when he decides to handpick the five cadets, in some way reminds of Thakur’s (Sanjeev Kumar) character in the epic film Sholay where he explains his reason of picking Jai and Veeru to nab notorious dacoit Gabbar Singh- “Woh badmaash hai lekin bahadur hain, khatarnak hai isliye ki ladna jaante hain, bure hain magar insaan hain”.
In Class of 83, a similar styled story has been lined up with the difference that in Sholay, Veeru and Jai are criminals but here the Dean’s instruments are under training cadets who later turn into lethal cops for the criminals.
Class of 83 Movie Review: Cast & Crew
Directed by Atul Sabharwal, Class of ’83 is a joint collaboration of Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment and OTT Platform giant, Netflix. All the newbies casted in the film-Ninad Mahajani, Bhupendra Jadawat, Sameer Paranjape, Hitesh Bhojraj and Prithvik Prataphave delivered solid performances.
Atul Sabharwal is the director who delivered another powerful web series Powder, back in 2010 so depicting crime and politics nexus on screen is not new for him. The picturisation of Mumbai in the 80s has been done skillfully giving nice attention to the period detailing.
The background score by Viju Shah gives a perfect compliment for elevating the grimness of the past. Geetika Tyagi (was also in the lead role in Powder) has proved a strong backbone of the Dean’s character.
Best Dialogues of Class of 83 Movie
“Tum log dosti nibha lete ho, lekin sach bhi bol lete ho, rules todte ho, lekin usool nahi chodte, fail hote ho lekin apni sharton par”
“To maintain order, law ko bali chadhana padta hai”
“Koi kya kare agar woh apne aas paas kaam karne walon se behtar ho, system se behtar ho, gala ghot de woh apne talent ka, ban jaye mediocre kisi 50 crore, 100 crore members ki tarah”
Class of 83 Movie Review: Worth Watching or Not?
The film begins with a quote from Plato, Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
Class of 83 is like an old vine in a new bottle where we are presented a time-worn theme of police vs. gangs where we have seen Salman Khan in Dabangg, to Ajay Devgn in the Singham series and Rani Mukerji in Mardaani, as tough cops to mend the corrupt political system in their own ways.
Although, the portrayal of the corrupt political system and its links with gang leaders is similar with new faces but Class of 83 does not offer any materialistic newness and feels stale. Bobby Deol in his masterclass, as the Dean in this movie, is worth watching and the gang of five newbies also deserves applause for their hard work.