Written and directed by Sriram Raghavan, the film Johnny Gaddar is an adaptation of Symphonie Pour Un Massacre by Jacques Derrey. Johnny Gaddar was released in the year 2007 and has Dharmendra, Vinay Pathak, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Rimi Sen, Zakir Hussein, Govind Namdeo, Ashwini Kalsekar in lead roles. This is basically a thriller movie which received good critical acclamation. The story begins with four cops conversing on a stormy night in a police van. A car crosses them on the road and heads towards an iron gate. A man comes out of the car and opens the shutter of the garage, during this, he got shot from behind. The cops in the van receive the news of gunshot and head towards the location. Hereafter, the movie is shown in flashback events.
The story is mainly about a group which is associated with illegal activities. The group has five members, Sheshadri, played by Dharmendra, Vikram, played by Neil Nitin Mukesh, Shardul, played by Zakir Hussein, Shiva, played by Dayanand Shetty and Prakash, played by Vinay Pathak. Sheshadri gets informed about a great drug deal by one of his police contacts. The deal seemed to be very profitable to Sheshadri and he immediately calls up his gang members and asks each one to contribute 50 lacs for this deal. All of them agree to contribute as Sheshadri assures them of a great profit out of it.
They make a sure plan and according to their plan, Shiva will go to Bengaluru with the money and do the exchange with Kalyan and return back in that same train. Vikram and Shradul’s wife is dating and they intend to settle in Canada. Vikram plots to steal the money from Shiva by using chloroform on him. Vikram stays firm on his plan and leaves for a business trip to Goa but he goes to Pune and checks in a hotel with the name of Johnny G. From Pune he boards the flight to Goa and meets advocate Gomes to get Sheshadri’s work done! From there, he takes a flight to Mumbai, checks into a hotel and boards the train which Shiva is supposed to be in. However, his plans on keeping Shiva unconscious with chloroform didn’t go right and he ends up killing Shiva.
The rest of the gang members, Shardul, Kalyan, Prakash, Sheshadri find out about this incident and they too get murdered by Vikram. Meanwhile, Prakash’s wife Varsha, played by Ashwini Kalsekar thinks Shardul has been killed Prakash and she tries to kill Shardul. In doing so, she ends up killing Vikram as she mistakes Vikram for Shardul.
This is definitely an underrated gem! The film is a great attempt by the writer and director Sriram Raghavan. Sriram Raghavan is known for creating such amazing thriller movies. The movie has successfully managed to set the thriller tone from the very opening scene. The movie has received quite a good response and many critical acclamations from the critics. The plot is well built and the actors did their job really well in their respective roles. Dharmendra and Vinay Pathak were superb! Neil Nitin Mukesh made a promising debut with this movie and people loved the way he portrayed the grey character. Overall There is news doing the rounds that makers are thinking of making a sequel of Johnny Gaddar.