- Company (film)
DVD cover of Company
Directed by Ram Gopal Varma Produced by C. Ashwini Dutt
Ram Gopal Varma
Screenplay by Jaideep Sahni Starring Ajay Devgan
Music by Sandeep Chowta Cinematography Hemant Chaturvedi Editing by Chandan Arora Studio Varma Corporation
Release date(s) 15 April 2002 (India)
14 October 2004 (Austin Film Festival)
Running time 155 minutes Country India Language Hindi
Company (Hindi: कम्पनी) is a 2002 Indian film directed by Ram Gopal Varma and written by Jaideep Sahni, starring Ajay Devgan, Mohanlal, Manisha Koirala, Vivek Oberoi,and Antara Mali. It is a fictional exposé of the Mumbai underworld, loosely based on the Indian mafia organization D-Company, known to be run by Dawood Ibrahim. The film received positive reviews from critics and won six out of the eleven awards it was nominated for at the Filmfare Awards.
The film highlights the economics behind running an Indian mafia organization. In the opening of the film, Ajay Devgan describes the modus operandi of underworld. He states "Despite anybody telling anything else, in this world everything is done for profit, so is this business. We don't pay taxes, neither do we keep accounts; For this work is done by inducing fear. Anybody can join us anytime, but can never resign. Whoever breaks our law, is broken by us. Here friendship, respect or honesty, the only real reason behind all these is same thing -- Profit". During murder / extortion scenes following, Ajay Devgan adds "profit happens -- like this, like this or like that".
The story revolves around a young man named Chandu (played by Vivek Oberoi) joining the world of crime in the Mumbai underworld to "make it big" someday. Gradually he learns tricks of the trade and increases the gang's earnings and profits. This leads to his affinity with Malik (played by Ajay Devgan) who is the leader of the gang.
The film features one cold blooded murder scene wherein Malik and Chandu kill Saeed and his brother Anis in the rear seat of the car on a chilling rainy day. Thereafter Malik goes on a bloody rampage killing all his opponents, so as to take the reins of underworld in his hands.
They include his rival gang leader and colleague under Aslam's umbrella Sharma, who was in a meeting with police inspector Rathod, also killed off. Inspector Rathod, who once tortured and abused Chandu in jail in early days, was also killed at Malik's permission.
However, both come at loggerheads during the execution of a contract killing. The contract was from a politician who tries to use Malik's gang to eliminate a front-runner, a contender for Home Minister's post.
The rift between Chandu and Malik widens due to various misunderstandings. The Commissioner of Police, Sreenivasan IPS (Mohanlal) makes use of the rift to bring the mafia under control. Chandu and Malik end up becoming bitter enemies. After Chandu's retaliation of the assassination of his life long friend of one of lieutenants Warsi, two factions of Mumbai's once most powerful gang 'Company' went to a full scale war.
Malik and Chandu killed as many members of each opponent gangs as possible. Sreenivasan, as the police chief of the city of murders due to the war, became criticized greatly, but he and his men knew this war ultimately is shortening the to do list of his department. Big number of button men and lieutenants from both gangs were being killed. The war results in an intense chase sequence shot in Kenya where Malik hires hitmen to kill Chandu.
However Chandu survives, though he is injured severely. Sreenivasan convinces Chandu to come back to Mumbai and fight his war with Malik by helping the police bring the mafia under control.
The film reaches its climax when Chandu kills the politician (the mastermind of the contract killing) within the prison. At the same time, one of Chandu's aides named Koda Singh, who swore revenge to kill who went against his friend Chandu, shoots Malik point blank to death in Hong Kong.
This shows, Chandu and Malik came to a truce but Chandu never withdrew his order to Koda to kill Malik. It's not confirmed that whether Chandu has forgotten to withdraw his orders or deliberately kept that on. But, after the assassination Sreenivasan notified Chandu and Chandu became tremendously shocked at this news. So, possibly Chandu forgot to send a come back call to Koda.
Koda Singh was arrested by Hong Kong Police on that day. The film ends, showing Chandu spending the rest of his life in prison after being persuaded by the Police Commissioner to surrender.
- Ajay Devgan ... Malik
- Mohan Lal ... Srinivasan IPS (Extended Cameo)
- Manisha Koirala ... Saroja
- Vivek Oberoi ... Chandrakant (Chandu)
- Seema Biswas ... Ranibai
- Antara Mali ... Kannu
- Akash Khurana ... Vilas Pandit
- Madan Joshi ... Aslam bhai
- Bharat Dabholkar ... Home Minister Rahute
- Ganesh Yadav ... Yadav
- Ashraf Ul Haq ... Krishnan
- Akshay Verma ... Kenkare
- Vijay Raaz ... Koda Singh
- Mukesh Bhatt ... Akram Bhai / Akram Ali Ansari
- Manoj Goyal ... Mental Warsi
- Urmila Matondkar ... Special appearance
- Isha Koppikar ... Special appearance
- Rajpal Yadav ... Joseph
- Shabbir Masani ... David Khan
- Rajendra Sethi ... Saeed
- Pankaj Jha ... Anees
- Won, Critics' Award for Best Actor - Ajay Devgn
- Won, Critics' Award for Best Actress - Manisha Koirala
- Won, Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Vivek Oberoi
- Won, Best Debut - Vivek Oberoi
- Won, Best Dialogue - Jaideep Sahni
- Won, Best Editing - Chandan Arora
- Won, Best Story - Jaideep Sahni
- Nominated, Best Actor - Ajay Devgan
- Nominated', Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Mohanlal
- Nominated, Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Antara Mali
- Nominated, Best Director - Ram Gopal Varma
- Nominated, Best Film
- Won, IIFA Best Supporting Actor Award - Mohan Lal
- Won, Award for Technical Excellence - Best Action - Allan Amin
- Won, Best Editing - Chandan Arora
- Won, 2002:Best supporting Actor Award - Mohan Lal
- Won, 2002:Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer - Male for Vivek Oberoi
The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Studio album by Sandeep Chowta Released 2002 Genre Soundtrack Length 39.2 min Label T-Series Producer Sandeep Chowta
The soundtrack features 8 songs composed by Sandeep Chowta, with lyrics by Nitin Raikwar, Taabish Romani and Jaideep Sahni.
- "Khallas" (5:03) – Asha Bhosle, Sudesh Bhonsle, Sapna Awasthi
- "Tumse Kitna" (4:28) – Altaf Raja
- "Pyar Pyar Mein" (4:51) – Babul Supriyo, Sonali Vajpayee
- "A Shot of Company" (4:32) – Instrumental
- "Malik's Soul" (6:19) – Instrumental
- "Gandha Hai" (3:43) – Sandeep Chowta
- "Ankhon Mein" (5:13) – Sowmya Raoh
- "Khallas Remix" (5:11) – Asha Bhonsle, Sudesh Bhonsle
Resemblances with real-life D-Company events
Company is believed to be an almost-true story based on depictions of the D-Company split between Mumbai crime lords Dawood Ibrahim and Chotta Rajan. It's said that the recruitment of Chandu to Aslam Ali's gang by Mallik was almost identical to Chotta Rajan's introduction to Dawood after Rajan's mentor and boss Bada Rajan died in the early 1980s.
Company shows that Mallik's aide Yadav is interviewed by a journalist of Indian news channel Aaj Tak after their assassination attempt on Chandu in Nairobi, Kenya. The theme of this interview is an identical depiction of a real-life interview that Dawood Ibrahim's aide Chotta Shakeel gave to Indian journalist Sheela Bhatt, after an assassination attempt on Chotta Rajan in Bangkok in 2000.
Company shows how the Hindi film industry went into trouble after violent split between Chandu and Mallik. Another interview of Chotta Shakeel which was given to the Times of India describes the intense circumstance inside the Mumbai film industry due to gang disputes. It appears that depiction of a dispute in Company — where fictional film star Naved Khan falls between Mallik's and Chandu's disputing gangs and becomes immensely confused — is a reference to a notable interview when Chotta Shakeel almost leaves a clarification of underworld's finance in Indian film industry.
The role of Vilas Pandit, the closest aide of Malik who appeared to be the consigliere of Malik's gang, is believed to be a depiction of real-life D-Company aide, counselor and Dawood Ibrahim's confidant Sharad Shetty. After the split between Dawood and Rajan, Shetty was one of very few Hindus left in the mainstream D-Company. Here it can be stated that the fate of Shetty was correctly perceived in Company. Company showed Vilas Pandit was shot to death by Chandu in Hong Kong when Pandit went to Chandu's place for an unprecedented meeting; Chandu misinterpreted his appearance as an attempted hit. Real-life D-Company counselor Sharad Shetty, too, was killed outside a Dubai nightclub, by a hit carried out by Chotta Rajan. Ironically this real-life hit was carried out eight months after the release of Company which depicted a similar incident in the adopted storyline.
D (2005), directed by Vishram Sawant and produced by Ram Gopal Varma, is a prequel to Company. Like its predecessor, D is based on the real-life Mumbai underworld organization, the D-Company. The three Varma films Satya, Company and D are together considered an "Indian Gangster Trilogy".
- ^ "Chotta Shakeel interviewed by Sheela Bhatt about assassination attempt on Chotta Rajan". http://www.rediff.com/news/2000/sep/15rajan.htm.
- ^ "Chotta Shakeel interviewed tells Times of India "They only understands force, so let it be."". http://www.hvk.org/articles/0101/2.html.
- ^ Charlie (2005-08-24). "D: Final film in Indian Gangster Trilogy a Must See". Cinema Strikes Back. http://www.cinemastrikesback.com/index.php?p=562. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
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