|Directed by||Anil Matto|
|Produced by||Vijay Ranglani
|7 February 1997|
Yeshwant is a 1997 Bollywood crime film directed by Anil Mattoo, produced by Vijay K. Ranglani. It stars Nana Patekar and Madhoo in pivotal roles. It was partially inspired by the 1973 movie Serpico, starring Al Pacino.
Inspector Yeshwant Lohar (Nana Patekar) is a plainclothes police detective. His wife Ragini (Madhoo) is illiterate; Yeshwant wants her to learn to read so that she may join the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).
Yeshwant goes undercover as a beggar to catch a drug dealer, Salim Shaikh (Mohan Joshi). Salim is sent to prison and Lohar is ostensibly praised by his superior Chopra. However, Chopra is corrupt, and in actuality is Salim's pay. Chopra frames Lohar for murder and gets him sent to prison as well.
Meanwhile, Ragini joins the IAS as a police officer, and is assigned to Yeshwant's former station. She suspects Salim of framing her husband, and lets Salim know that she is watching him closely. Salim becomes alarmed and tries silence to Ragini. She rejects his bribe offers and escapes the thugs hired by Salim to intimidate her.
Salim plots to defame Ragini. She has been attacked, so he assigns Atul (Atul Agnihotri), an old friend of Ragini, as her police guard. Salim then spreads allegations of a love affair between them, supported by faked pictures of Atul and Ragini in a compromising position.The minister who is a womaniser, scolds her and also tries to hug her. Salim shows the pictures to Yeshwant, who avoids Ragini during conjugal visits, and releases them to the press, discrediting her with the public.
Yeshwant is released from prison, and confronts Ragini. She pleads with him to believe she is faithful. Yeshwant is enraged, and goes on a killing spree. He kills Salim's accomplices, and then kills Salim himself while he is engaged in an illegal drug deal. With Salim's crimes revealed, Yeshwant is vindicated.
- Nana Patekar as Inspector Yashwant Lohar
- Madhoo as Ragini Yashwant Lohar
- Shafi Inamdar as Adv. Vikram
- Mohan Joshi as Salim Shaikh
- Shivaji Satam as Inspector Joshi
- Atul Agnihotri as Sub Inspector John Frank
- Ravi Patwardhan as Police Commissioner
- Achyut Potdar as Kale
- Razak Khan as dancer
|1||"Ambar Se Noor Liya"||Kumar Sanu|
|2||"Badi Mushkil Mein"||Suresh Wadkar, Sadhana Sargam|
|3||"Ek Machhar"||Nana Patekar|
|4||"Jai Jai Jagdambe Kaali"||Ravindra Sathe|
|5||"Saanware Aai Jaiyo"||Ravindra Sathe|
|6||"Tum Samne Baitho"||Kumar Sanu|
|7||"Kadak Laxmi Aali"||Ravindra Sathe|
Some viewers felt that the film was virtually a "one-man show", with Patekar's character stealing the show. Film critics also praised the performance of Madhoo as "strong" and "flawless". The film was well-reviewed as a rare and thought-provoking piece, sorely needed in an era of superficial commercialized movies.
This film includes the famous line "Ek machhar aadmi ko hijda bana deta hain" ("A single mosquito can emasculate a man"), spoken by Yeshwant. This line became a popular catchphrase and was widely used to promote the film.
This line was expanded into a musical number with background music and chorus, under the music direction of Anand and Milind Shrivastav.
- Review of Yeshwant - by Tanmeet Kumar