Wardat (1981)


Gun Master G-9! will…claw your eyes out?

Mithun has been sadly underrepresented in my Hindi film experience—I have only seen him in Disco Dancer, Ashanti (meh) and Ganga Jamuna Saraswati (argh, plus he was totally wasted in it). I don’t really “get” the Mithun appeal based on those three films—I keep hearing what a great dancer he is, for instance, but have not seen any evidence to support it. I’ve actually never seen any evidence that there was any choreography at all in Hindi films from the 80s, so perhaps it isn’t really his fault. In any case, I thought perhaps I could watch this and expand my Mithun knowledge a wee bit. I was warned against it, I admit, but I’m tired of looking for Surakksha; Gun Master G-9 is Gun Master G-9 after all, right? How bad can it be?

It’s really bad. It is “So Bad It’s Good” in fact, and let me just say that I am very picky about the whole SBIG thing. I tried to watch Dance Dance once, as it was recommended as a fine example of the genre, but couldn’t get through it (so actually I have watched three and a third Mithun films). Generally I find any film considered SBIG just plain intolerable. But this one is so gleefully and unrepentantly awful (as opposed to merely indifferently or incompetently awful) that I have to give it kudos! It works truly hard to be this bad, and doesn’t let up at all—the end is as ludicrously stupid as the rest of it. Shabash, Ravi Nagaich, shabash!

There are lots of screen caps, because honestly there was something at least every 3-4 minutes to keep my attention riveted. I also decided to watch the songs closely (which is painful for me when Bappi Lahiri disco tunes are involved) to see if Mithun really can, in fact, dance.


Mithun Dance Exhibit A: Standing motionless in a John Travolta pose ‡ dancing (neither does twitching uncontrollably, marching in place or writhing on the floor). Mithun is not dancing yet.

Shakti Kapoor plays a character named…Shakti Kapoor! I cannot abide the man; even before I knew what a creepy guy he is in real life too, I couldn’t stand him. But that creep factor does make him really villainous. And his deeds in this film are even creepier than he is—he is unleashing armies of locusts on local farmers to manipulate the price of wheat and rice (which he has also doctored with “medicine” that has an aphrodisiac effect on all who eat it).


Please note that the dead locusts are clearly made of yellow plastic. No attempt whatsoever has been made to make them look real.

Shakti’s day job is being the CEO of a company called Profit Promoters. His business model is similar to that of the Underpants Gnomes in South Park, to wit:

  • Step 1: steal underpants
  • Step 2: hmmmm…uhhhh…
  • Step 3: profit!


Shakti reports in to a mysteriously unseen man—unseen that is, except for his riding boots (black leather, of course).


They apparently believe that there is only one obstacle standing in the way of their world domination: Gun Master G-9 (Mithun, duh) (get it? heh). I wonder if they would be so worried if they could see his bedroom decor:


It’s not the girl’s room—it is GMG-9’s room. Seriously.



Mithun Dance Exhibit B: Channeling Amitabh Bachchan’s movements ‡ dancing. Neither does standing on one leg like a stork and bending backwards. I’m still waiting to see Mithun dance.

GMG-9 works for the Chief (Iftekhar), a man who loves his flashing, beeping gadgets and needless complications like pointless code words.



The Chief and GMG-9 seem to have a love-hate kind of relationship, and I have to wonder if it bothers the Chief at all that his agent drives around in a car which loudly advertises his not-so-secret status (and actually, why is he even called Gun Master? He almost never has a gun!).


The Chief has been working with Professor Malhotra, a bug expert with a wayward daughter named Kajal (Kajal Kiran). Kajal meets GMG-9 when he “borrows” her motorcycle in a chase with the bad guys. She is thrilled by his prowess, as it were, and begs him to teach her some riding tricks. She is overcompensating for being a girl instead of the boy her mother (Praveen Paul) wanted.


The motorcycle lessons give me another opportunity to scrutinize Mithun’s dancing:


Mithun Dance Exhibit C: Sadly, butt-butting does not constitute dancing either, although I think the sterilizing tightness of his pants may be an adequate excuse *this* time.

Another scientist is working for the Chief too; Anand wears gold chains in lieu of shirts, and has a sister named Anuradha (Kalpana Iyer) who is a doctor.


When Anand (along with his voluptuous assistant named Rosy) is killed by Shakti, Anuradha vows revenge. Misled by Shakti into believing that GMG-9 is her brother’s murderer, she attempts to lure our hero into a trap by blowing up a river raft thingie. She is certainly dressed more for seduction than for boating (and apparently it doesn’t bother Dr. Anuradha to kill other people as part of her plan).


She blows it up as GMG-9 is crossing a bridge, and he jumps in to rescue her. He takes her home, where she is instructed by Shakti to keep him “happy” until he can get there and kill him.


Her hairstyle by itself would be entertainment enough, but she takes the opportunity to don another slinky dress too.


Mithun Dance Exhibit D: Pelvic thrusting while you stand and stare like a moron ‡ dancing. Mithun, Mithun…how you disappoint me! Truly you are running out of time; I am not sure how much more of Bappi’s music I can take.

Luckily, a plot element is introduced which somewhat compensates for the lack of Mithun dancing: a hunchback! I’m always happy to see one, especially in a lab with flashing lights.


And also: Mithun strips to the waist in order to apply some Locust Repellant!


Kajal applies some too, and they fly their small plane directly into an oncoming locust swarm. They probably should have put their repellent on the plane itself, because all those locusts getting into the engine causes them to crash.




Back at HQ, the Chief gets word that Shakti and his men have kidnapped Professor Malhotra, and are demanding that GMG-9 turn himself over to them in exchange for the Professor’s life.

GMG-9 rescues the Professor with very little trouble indeed, to Kajal’s unending gratitude. She now insists on accompanying GMG-9 into the jungle (along with sidekick Jagdeep, who was pathetically unfunny), where someone has discovered a way to manipulate the locusts (GMG-9 deduces this by reading Anand and the Professor’s “research”).

In the jungle, some shenanigans and another horrible song ensue:


Mithun Dance Exhibit E: No, no, no, no. That is not dancing either! I don’t care how much aphrodisiac-infested rice you ate!

And finally, our trio finds the headquarters of evil belonging to the riding-booted madman. Evil HQ appears to be some sort of Egyptian tourist site patrolled by tiny silvery semi-transparent men in fencing outfits complete with swords.


Inside, we learn that Shakti’s boss has a three-pronged approach to taking over the world. In addition to locusts and freakish medications in the world’s rice supply, the laboratory hunchback has been manufacturing…babies!


“They will be like no babies ever before!” Shakti announces to the group of African tourists picked up as extras off the streets of Bombay. Then he introduces them to his boss: the jack-booted jodhpur-clad hunchback named Jambola. Jambola has bigger problems than his deformed back.


He invites them all to a celebration that night, which I cannot wait for! (Two words: tribal disco.) Will Mithun finally dance? Will the Africans be offended by all the faux-tribal caricaturing? What will happen to all the plastic babies and locusts?? Can Gun Master G-9 save the world???

Watch Wardat to find out. But I warn you—it’s bad. Really really bad.

SPOILER: Mithun doesn’t dance. Strutting in a circle while singing that evil guys will get theirs! ‡ dancing. So I am still mystified as to where his rep as a dancer comes from. And furthermore, whoever sang for him (I think it might have been Bappi himself) sounded like Mickey Mouse on speed—it was completely incongruous with the GMG-9 persona.

Mithun is puppy-dog cute, though, in the same way that Sanjay Dutt is.



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81 Comments to “Wardat (1981)”

  1. Oh.My.Goodness!! I laughed so hard reading this post.. and I’m at work too!! Not Safe!!! :P :P

    Mithun was a craze in Bangladesh in the 80’s (He was a Bengali, after all!). I was born in ’84, but even I wasn’t spared from it. I’d always look forward to when my parents would rent a “Mithun Chakraborty Uncle” movie (yes, that’s what I called him!! LOL!! :D)

    I believe he was a very good actor when given a chance — but these kinds of B-grade movies are what brought him fame & fortune, which is pretty sad. I don’t recall any of his younger days’ movies anymore, but loved him in the recent Guru. His role was comparatively smaller, but was beautifully played.

  2. So, is this worse than Disco Dancer? That’s my favorite “So Bad It’s Good” film. But now I see so much more potential for awfulness. Like a Snow White headboard in the hero’s bedroom. That’s fantastic.

    • It’s not worse than DD, it’s just…different. It is certainly no better! :-) They each have their charms and their crosses to bear. I loved the Snow White headboard. Hilarious.

      • I loved the Snow White headboard too (was this scene shot in the producer’s toddler’s bedroom? :D). And the yellow locusts!!! ROFL!!

  3. The evil headquarters of the riding-booted madman – LOL!!!
    I was highly entertained right through the review, and have to say that I’m glad it was made and memsaab reviewed it! :-D

    I can’t remember ever seeing a Mithun film. I think that’s because most 80s film were like this one, and I’ve hardly seen any from that time.

    Thanks for the laughs!!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it. Basically I just wrote down everything that popped into my head as I was watching it and it was done. Easy! No need for any analysis or thoughtful processing at all.

  4. That was so funny…. I am at a meeting at Microsoft (Seattle) and laughing my head off….

    “Will the Africans be offended by all the faux-tribal caricaturing”

    “Jambola has bigger problems than his deformed back.”

  5. BTW, watch Surakshaa… Mithun’s first hit.. it is the first part of the G-9 duo. Good songs and better dancing in big bell bottoms

    • I don’t know…I knew if I watched Wardat it might make it impossible for me to ever see Surakksha if I could find it…and I think I might be done with Gun Master G-9. Although I have learned that I should never say never!

  6. Hahaha, finally someone has called Mithun da’s bluff. He was hailed for his “dance” (pronounced as “Dense” by him, viz I am a disco denser). Now you have told it for what it is. Rotating his pelvis in a slow rythmic way and thrustic his pelvis with a jerk were hailed as “densing” by his fans who had no pretentions of being classy.

    But it is surprising to note that erstwhile Soviet Union and present day Central Asian nations where Raj Kapoor was a big name in 1950s, Mithun da is regarded as a star based on movies like this. So there are whole lot of people in India and elsewhere who enjoy stuff “so bad that it is good”. And they actually regard it as good. Absence of a ticking brain that looks for logic and consistency is a prerequisite for enjoying Mithun da movies, and there were certainly a sizable numbr of people who fitted this bill.

    This review has to be one of the funniest that you have written in a long long time. And this review is much better fun that watching the movie, which for someone like me was sheer torture. Honestly, I think Mithun da’s movies like this were Z- movies. Calling it C grade movie would be doing big disservice to movies of Dara Singh, Sheikh Mukhtar etc, which were infinitely more classy and entertaining.

    And yes, Bappi Lahiri sings for Mithun da. Bappi Lahiri hoped to become another R D Burman who would sing songs on his own music direction. But R D did it in moderation, whereas Bappi Lahiri took it to extremes.

    • Now I am rolling around on the floor laughing at “dense”…

      *wipes tears from eyes*

      I can usually watch these if I set my expectations low enough and shut down the ticking in my brain. And this one certainly met those low expectations!

      I was truly horrified by Bappi Lahiri’s singing. It’s not bad enough that he wrote such abysmal songs (although I will say that some of his music in the pre-disco era was very nice) but he has to sing them too? His voice was so…wrong for Mithun’s character. So Wrong.

      • Kishore once said that he was often late for his song recordings save for that of one music director – Bappi Lahiri. He quipped that he made sure he arrived on time for Bappi’s songs for fear that if he didn’t, Beeper Lady would sing them himself.:-D

  7. Mithun had no pretentions, he knew his movies wont find favor with urban audiences. He made these movies and released them in districts, where they were eagerly lapped up by the seeti crowd (crowd that whistles at every dramatic scene). Consequently, the movies made a lot of money. Mithun and the producer laughed all the way to the banks !

    However, Mithun is a good actor and has worked in some great films as well. Mrigya, Gudiya, Titli

    • Mrigyaa was one of the first Mithun films I remember seeing, although I saw it long after it had been made… a very stark and very good film. I think Mithun won an award for it, his acting was awesome.
      But I’m not a Mithun fan generally – and Wardat is definitely one film I’m going to steer clear of!

    • I am determined to find a Mithun film I can like. DETERMINED. I don’t dislike him at all—but boy he has been in some craaaappy movies.

      I will look for Mrigya as an antidote to this :) Thanks for the recommendations (is his dancing any better in those? I somehow doubt it)…

      • Now that dustedoff mentions ‘mrigaya’ I recall it as being a non commercial/art film. It’s far far from the ‘disco’ variety.

        I haven’t seen it, but perhaps this will change the view of those – like me – looking for a worthwhile film of Mithun C.

        Here is a link I found with some wonderful looking clips.


        • PS: mrigaya means ‘deer’. It’s all about deer hunt – that too the ‘royal’ kind.

        • Oh no. The site has a photo of a deer which he says died right after the shoot, probably of shock. That’s what I fear the most watching films with animals in them—there were no organizations looking out for them back then…

          Hmmm. Mrigaya may not be for me!

      • Mrigyaa isn’t an all-dancing, all-singing film, so no, he actually acts rather than does all those weird moves that they tried to pass off as dancing in films like Wardat. This one’s about a young tribal man whose wife is raped by a British officer during the days of the Raj… it’s a dark and gloomy sort of film, but even though I saw it when I was a kid, I’m getting gooseflesh just remembering it now.

      • Have you watched ‘Prem Pratiggya’ (1989) in which he starred opposite Madhuri Dikshit? That is one Mithun movie that you will certainly like. Direction is by Bapu.

        Another movie you may like is Mujrim again released in the same year and with the same heroine. Directed by Umesh Mehra.

  8. Mithun Chakravarthy and Biswajeet. Two men from Bengal…… cannot figure out why they were so popular…… Biswajeet of course had the backing of fabulous songs……

    • Poor Biswajeet! I still have some of his films lined up to watch, am hoping he can still redeem himself. At least he was IN good films even if he was the weakest link. Mithun though…well, as people have said—he is laughing all the way to the bank!

  9. As a honourable bong who grew up in the 80s, Mithunda and Bappida are what they are – happily sporting “I love Micheal Jackson” Tshirts and grooving to hindi disco. :)
    For those of us who grew up in that timeframe, there is no point to justify his popularity nor for that matter for those who were not there to try and understand WHY he was popular. :) I am honestly shocked you find him cute. :)

    • Awww, look at those puppy-dog eyes! He is very cute in a shell-shocked kind of way—I mean, he always looks like he’s kind of surprised to find himself doing the things he’s doing in these movies. And who can blame him for that, really…

  10. Oh Memsaab, you made my day! What a fun review, and a movie that looks to be a must see.

    Would you believe that I “love” Bappi! Yes, yes I do and I even bought the recent Bappi Lahiri song dvd :0

    Do try to watch Mithun and that other 80s fave, Hemant Birje, in COMMANDO…it is out of this world!

    • Argh. I cannot love Bappi’s music. Cannot.

      Commando? Sigh. You are evil.

      • For that matter.. u should watch ‘adventures of Tarzan’ *ring Hemant Birje in lead role along with Kimi Katkar… u wil def fall of ur chair

        hilarious review… cant stop laughin.. btw.. do u kno, Mithun C is a main judge of one of d dance shows in India???

  11. The visuals are truly colorful – but I cant believe films like this were really hits! As to where Mithun got his rep for good dancing – probably from the same people who think Amitabh Bachchan is a great dancer. ;-) The 80s did not have the benefit of Hrithik or Shahid, unfortunately.

    Mithun does have some cute movies – most of them with Basu Chatterji so dont know if you’ll like them! There was Prem Vivah which is more about Bindiya Goswami trying to hook elder sis Asha Parekh with Utpal Dutt while romancing with Mithun on the side. There is Pasand Apni Apni which pretty much has the same basic plot as the Manoj-Asha Saajan except that PAA is a full on comedy. And there was a great thriller with Rakhee and Ranjeeta where Mithun played a villain who impersonates Rakhee’s dead brother-in-law and drives her insane (cant recall the name, though).

    • Ha ha! I thought of the Amitabh thing too—there are people who think he’s a good dancer, and certainly in his limited way he can be graceful…but I wouldn’t call what he does dancing, generally. Hrithik and Shahid are obviously awesome dancers, but Mithun…not so much.

      Thanks for those other recommendations. I like Saajan, so maybe I’ll try PAA next :) And Rakhee being driven insane—that has a lot of comic possibilities although probably not of the intentional variety.

  12. [smiles through the lines. hopes such movies are made again]

  13. Ha ha…this is such a funny review.
    From the first sentence to the last, I was in splits.
    From the “yellow locusts made of plastic” to Mithun’s bedroom decor to “Anand wearing chains in lieu of a shirt”, it is just one laugh after another.

    The 1980s had so many films of this type that it was easily a forgettable decade for Hindi cinema.
    Mithun da, Shakti Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, even Amitabh, Jeetendra and possibly Rishi Kapoor were part of this decadence.
    Bappi Lahiri of course ruled at that time with his loud music.

    Mithun’s career had different phases :
    – Started in the late 70s as a much-acclaimed actor from Bengali cinema, his role in Mrigaya in Hindi was very much appreciated.
    – Did a few more “normal” films in the late 70s. Suraksha types. Was reasonably successful.
    – Then his career really took off. Amitabh began going down, Mithun’s star began rising with Disco Dancer-like movies.
    – Had a big hit in 1984-85 with Pyar Jhukta Nahin opp Padmini K. Acted in a few more movies with her.
    – Also acted in many “family” movies. Typically with Jeetendra, Jayaprada types.
    – In the 90s, began producing his own movies. Low-budget. Using his own hotel in Ooty. Acting opposite unheard-of heroines, usually from South Indian cinema.

    I avoided his 1980s movies like the plague.
    I have seen a few of his 1990s movies (the low-budget ones) and even liked a few of them.
    When you start with very low expectations, you don’t feel too bad at the end of the movie.

    • It is all just so bad. I left out a lot of hilarious things (although I glossed over much of the sheerly annoying as well). I will have to look for some 90s Mithun Da Productions I fear (ooh what a logo I might have designed for THAT had he asked me!).

  14. hahahahhahahaahha!!! This movie is like the Yeti of my movie-watching life. People keep reporting sightings but I refuse to believe it! But now you’ve got screencaps for proof so I suppose I must bow down and watch it. Sigh.

    • No, no, my dear! I watch dreadful movies so you don’t have to! (although if you WANT to, I can’t—and wouldn’t—stop you…but you have been warned).

  15. I have a soft spot for Mithun singing “I am Krishnan Iyer MA” in Agneepath. Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki has been on my to-watch pile for quite a while, as the film Vivek’s character was obsessed with in Home Delivery. Must be a cultural touchstone of some sort, na? But after Disco Dancer, I’ve been searching for the right moment.

    And, thanks for watching, and gloriously screen capping these movies so we don’t have to. We all give you our blessings for that!

  16. “How bad can it be?” has brought me down many strange roads…

    This one is DEFINITELY on my list!

  17. That bedroom looks like a pedophile’s delight. I think I had way more fun reading your post about it than I would actually watching the movie. LOL

  18. O-M-I-G-O-D….. Haven’t had a laugh like this for some time now. You rock..seriously!!! Mithun is just Mithun…He just does not care what others think..
    That bedroom…those plastic locusts…the slinky vamp…and that villain..You definitely deserve an award ;)

    • You know, I think that’s part of Mithun’s charm, that he doesn’t care what people think. I just remembered last evening that I also saw him in the abysmal Salman film “Lucky”—and he was one of the only bright spots in that. I will keep watching Mithun, there is something about him.

  19. I was going to mention, I think you’re beginning to get the hang of this So Bad It’s Good business. :)

    Oh, and believe it or not (okay, you will!), I bought a whole DVD called “Everybody Dance With Jimmy.” All Mithun songs, all the time! But I’ve been waiting to watch it so I don’t have to inflict it on my (hitherto) patient husband. Fortunately, it includes several songs from Wardat!

    • I am completely unsurprised that you have an all Mithun, all disco, all the time DVD. Do not inflict it on your poor husband (perhaps though you can catalog all the ways in which Mithun/Jimmy DOES NOT DANCE).


    • “Everybody dance with papapa..Everybody dance with mama”..O Boy..You are in for some great times …hahaha ;)

  20. Memsaab – Your review was hilarious. But my fave part: mention of Sanjay Dutt’s puppy face. Very heartwarming! ;-)

  21. Hahaha..damn funny review…I remember watching Suraksha…Waardaat I am not that sure…but its worth a watch only for plastic locusts I guess…

  22. Hilarious! You should next try watching his Aakhri Badla (1989) in which fights the Yakuza. If you survive you qualify to watch his ‘Ooty’ movies from the 1990s. If you still survive, you qualify for an honorary Indian citizenship…the bureaucracy will 100% overlook (even as some babu from U.P-Bihar will object ) the fact that you ever wrote, ‘if Mithun really can, in fact, dance.’ :)

    P.S. Don’t know if you have already seen it already but this Mithun fan can beat Mithun any day:

  23. Mithun a is a phenomenon…he has a huge fan following….people love or hate him in extreme….his movies may be baddd…but as a character he played he was spot-on. Why forget that he is an actor who have won 2 National Awards for his acting skills, he has given the masses a reason to dream cinema….Mithunda story from dust to the Top is inspiring to say the least…

  24. I got WarDat waiting, like Wanted and Boxer. But I totally loved Dance Dance, Disco Dancer and Commando… Mithun is my favourite indian actor. His movies never stop to amaze me and amuse me… even if often they’re cheap and bizarre. But that are good things in my book!

  25. Oh, Mithun. I adore him, for absolutely no reason. I think it is the look in his eyes, as you put it so well, of “Why am I doing this?” combined with the astonishing things that he is doing. And the mullet. Laura mentioned “Agneepath” above– if you haven’t seen him in that, you’re missing out. Whooee. In fact that whole movie is craptacularly wonderful, with elderly AB striving for youth and a terrific evil gora henchman. But if you really want Mithun– and you do, don’t you?– I suggest you look up the absolutely horrendous “Jallaad.” It is Mithun in a double role– both the hero and the villain. As I recall, Shakti Kapoor provides broad and unwatchable comedy as a Mad-Max style petty criminal, named Shakti Jackson. Because he is from Texas, you see. It… it… just watch it. But drink while you do.

    • Ha ha! My training in SBIG continues! I have been wanting to watch Agneepath, and I’m on an Amitabh roll right now, so maybe I’ll give it a whirl :-) Thanks for the…um, recommendations?

  26. It wasn’t the fact that he could dance, it was more the fact he brought as much as he had to the performance along with great music. You see in India, outside music was NOT accessable. When Bappi Lahiri began copying the Disco tunes the Indian people had not ever heard the real versions, thus were taken aback and excited by it all at the same time.
    Hence, like other stars who got great songs to air band to, he was the dancing king.

  27. Dear girls and boys! I am Olga from Russia. I’m 35.
    It’s true: the whole former Soviet Union just fell in love with Mithun and Disco Dancer in 1983. Since that time Mithun-mania began. In our country there is A LOT of Mithun fans nowadays and indian cinema in the whole. Russian people in general love indian cinema. We love your colorful dances, songs, we know all indian actors, from Raj Kapoor and Nargis to Shahid Kapoor and Karina Kapoor, we know your singers, from Hemant Kumar to Shreya Ghoshal, some of us know hindi, we collect pakistani and indian postcsrds with actors. Great amount of fans have really big and rare collections! In internet there are MANY our russian forums and sites, dedicated to indian actors of all decades!
    I am Mithun fan too and believe me: only in Russia, even not in India, there are the most devoted Mithunda fans!!

  28. why do u inflict torture on yourself watch the great gambler instead and freak out over indians playing italians,arabs,spanish people.

  29. Haha! Against my better judgment I have just ordered Surakksha. Gunmaster G9 may see these pages once more!

  30. Hi! I desperately am looking for the DVD / CD of this movie – you seem to have screen caps, which means the movie exists somewhere. HELP!

  31. This is one of the most hilarious reviews that I have ever read. Hats off to you Memsaab, you really have the patience to sit through such a film. Well as you have rightly pointed out you watch dreadful movies so we don’t. Thank you very much.

  32. I logged on to this web page by chance and tried reading your review. Seriously,would like to know about films or actors whom you have liked or appreciate from the Hindi film industry.

    • LOL, does that mean you tried but couldn’t get through the review? The list of actors and films who I like and appreciate is too long for me to list here, but if you really want to know you can look through more pages here. I never hold back on what I like or don’t like! :-)

  33. Great post !! It was fun.
    Hrithik or Shahid may be great dancers but they look like Hollywood extra’s. They do not look original !! Shahid Kapoor probably is 5 feet with his high heels on :-) Heroine jada ..Hero kum lagtha hai .. There is something called as a generation gap ..What looks cool today 20 -25 years from now will look very silly and stupid. I remember making fun of my uncle’s who were all great fans of Dev Anand when I was a teenager. Dev Anand with his side arm action !!! used to amuse me. I come from a remote town near Andhra Pradesh/Tamil Nadu border and I am 40 year old and an American Citizen now. I learnt Hindi watching Hindi movies. I grew up watching Mithun movies from 1982- 1989, when I was a teenager. I was/am one of his biggest fan. He was refreshingly different from other hero’s of his time. Right from his hair style to his dressing style he had great influence on lot of people like me. It is very embarrassing now but those days were like that. We did not have the luxury of satellite TV or Internet. Our exposure to modern civilization!!! was through movies. So was Bappi Da’s music. It was refreshingly different to us. We never heard synthetic sound/noise till he introduced it to us. He was a pioneer in multi-track recording. I just loved it. His songs used to sound so good on audio tapes those days. I used to enjoy listen to them on walkman (IPod Ka Baap .. In Mithun da’s Isstyle)

  34. Maybe a little late to reply, but still… AWESOME review, Memsaab!!! Just awfully funny and rib-tickling!

    I myself am a Mithun fan since I was a kid, and used to watch all his movies in 80-s and 90-s!! But of course, I am impartial enough to echo that this of course is not one of his good movies, even average movies! It should only be watched if you are in mood for a “SBIG” movie! I especially love the dance exhibits you produced, Mithun-da would himself be rolling on the floor if he read it!

    (BTW, Mithun-da, if you read it, please don’t worry… we love you! And nobody who has seen you act, doubts your capability or potential, not at least if they know that you have 3 national awards in your portfolio…. its just one of those zillion craptastic movies you did…!! And we are actually paying proper homage to it!!!)

    My favorite quote:
    “Standing motionless in a John Travolta pose ‡ dancing (neither does twitching uncontrollably, marching in place or writhing on the floor).”


  35. i just want to tell all the film critics above that…it is a film of 1981…..when many of you people only used to drink serelac….ri88 !!!……….so now standing in 21 century dnt compare it with present senario and strand of our mumbai film industry…….because that will prove that u still drink serelac only…..because naturally technologies has much improved now in our bolywood film industry so from that point of view the filmm will look stupid only………….AND as far as dancing is concerned “he is the first dancing superdstar of bollywood” u people might be unaware of the fact……!!!!! So please stop comparing him lyk a fool with shahid kapoor’s or hritik roshan’s dancing.. .and if u hav to really compare dan compare his dancing with the dancing of the leading heroes of that time……..and i think he is much ahead of them in that case…AND lastly i want to request the critics above that please check on internet the sucess of WARDAT at that time…..its a blockbuster….and mithun is not a b grade actor ….he has acted only in the mainsteam hindi films in the 1970s and 1980s and partly in 1990s also..in his golden period that is 1980s he is just after mr. AMITABH BACHAN as a hero and also mithun is the 2nd highest paid actor after amitabh bachan at that time………so dnt dare to tell that he is a B GRADE aCTOR ………Noww personally i luved the movie very much…..and mithun’s screen preasence also,,keping in mind the situations and tecnologies used in that period in hindi films in bolywood….the concept of the film is also diffrent in taste from the films that normally used to happen at that time…….

  36. By the time Disco Dancer released, Mithun was already beginning to change his kinda’ dance. There wasn’t a dancer like him before. Whether one likes it or not after Surakksha, filmmakers would sign him on with a staple dance number in most movies. Sahas, Taqdeer ka Badshah, Patita, Unnees Bees, Wardat, Hum Se Badkar Kaun, Laparwah, Khwaab, . . . etc, all had one ore more dance numbers. And it wasn’t like one-to-the-left-and-one-to-the-right kind of dance. At the time it certainly appeared fresh, nifty and was never seen before till then. Today one may rewind and e-rewind any piece of video with the technology at his/her disposal but in those days his moves were quicksilver, you blinked-and-you-missed it. So you would have to watch his movies more than once if only to study his dance moves. Mithun, whether you love or hate his kinda’ dance, was a natural at this. Don’t know if he had any formal training in any kind of dance but he obviously tried to fuse many classical Indian dance moves to Western jig. That “stork like standing” exhibit is a case in point. There are frames before and after that shot. One simply cannot hold one frame up in isolation. He was no lesser dancer than Travolta in either Grease or Saturday Night Fever and certainly better than Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing. But the quality of those movies, their choreography, the intertwined script are far far superior to any Mithun movie. His movies, B, C or whatever grade, were made with a paltry amount of money with him as the USP. Producers banked their movies upon a dance sequence, some karate-inspired fight scenes and his presence. These movies had their own fan base and he didn’t disappoint. If a movie made money it was because the movie itself was made quite cheaply. He was sale-able to a certain extent and kept both the film makers and his fans happy. He was also called “the poor man’s Amitabh” at that point not because he imitated Amitabh but in the low budget movies he was as bankable as Amitabh was in the high budget ones. Around the time Disco Dancer came, I had read somewhere that he suffered from some abdominal problems or such. In all of Disco Dancer, only the opening steps of the Kishore Kumar song “Ae Oh Ah!” show glimpses of his dancing chops he had possessed during his prime dancing form, and that was, ironically, much before that eponymous Disco Dancer. After that his dance had lost much of its appeal with a few seconds of brilliant moves occasionally stitched into some otherwise forgetful dance item. And then came the God of Dance moonwalking to Billie Jean!
    Mithun tried to imitate MJ in his later movies and abandoned his own style totally. “Dance Dance” was absolutely pitiful. But it is not fair to compare him to Hrithik or Shahid Kapoor. It is hard to tell a Hrithik number from a Shahid Kapoor number whereas Mithun once had a style of his own.

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