The latest Netflix film, ‘Class of ’83’, is a police drama and has been inspired by true events. Releasing on August 21, here’s all you need to know about the real-life incidents behind this Bobby Deol-starrer.
As in the title, the film is set in 1983 and is the story of a committed policeman who wants ‘one more shot’ before he’s written off. The officer has been turned into a police instructor, however, he uses this opportunity to train the candidates under him to bring down the underworld don, Kalsekar. The policeman, Vijay Singh, is played by Bobby Deol, who was last seen in ‘Housefull 4’ (2019).
The trailer reveals that Singh has lost his wife and child because of the fight with Kalsekar. And this time around, he won’t be told that he “lost because he didn’t know how to play the game”, rather he intends to “encounter gangsters without any restriction of jurisdiction” in this cop-gangster drama. The film has been produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies and is his third production with Netflix after ‘Bard of Blood‘ and ‘Betaal‘.
Class of ’83 real story:
Inspired by Sayyed Yunus Hussain Zaidi’s book ‘The Class Of 83’, the film too follows the story of ‘a policeman’s triumphs, struggles, and redemption’. Zaidi was an investigative journalist and has used the backdrop of the early 80s when the underworld, by the likes of Dawood Ibrahim, Iqbal Kaskar and Chhota Rajan, plagued Mumbai.
It was a group of Nashik-trained encounter specialists who helped bring law & order back to the city. And the senior police inspector who led the breakdown of the underworld himself faced the law and jail time due to his ‘by hook or by crook’ methods. The book also talks about how he fought for his honour and justice, was acquitted, and finally reinstated into the force.
Watch the ‘Class of ’83’ trailer here –
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