Starring Bobby Deol in lead, Netflix’s upcoming India original movie Class of ’83 is based on Hussain Zaidi’s The Class of 83: The Punishers of Mumbai Police that will take us back into a time when the city Mumbai was plagued by underworld gangsters like Dawood Ibrahim, Iqbal Kaskar and Chhota Rajan.
Streaming on 21st August, only on Netflix
Directed by Atul Sabharwal, and going by the story in the book, Class of ’83 is expected to be intense and dark. Deol plays a police officer Vijay Singh who is pushed by the corrupt lot into a punishment posting as Dean of a police academy to train a group of five students.
The hero cop then decides to punish the corrupt bureaucracy and its criminal allies, and hence trains the five most lethal assassin, later they will be known as encounter specialists. But as expected in every good-intentioned job, the plan only works for a while until the fire that he has ignited threatens to burn his own house down.
The storyline of Class of ‘83 seems fascinating, and even for those who have not read the book, it is a well known in this part of the world that how at one point in the late 80s and 90s, police officers were given freehand to destroy underworld gangs in Mumbai, and later some of the same specialist cops were arrested on corruption cases, although they were reinstated later.
While the film will be a fictional take on whatever happened in that era of Mumbai underworld, in some ways, it is expected to be an acknowledgment of the sacrifices by many police officers who were involved in eliminating some of the dreaded gangsters and terrorists.
Hussain Zaidi – the author of the book is a former investigative journalist, so we can expect a good amount of detailing in his stories. Even though most of his previous books are based on the same underworld mafias as he covered the organized crime network of Mumbai for several decades, Class of ‘83 will be different as it highlights the story of a morally upright policeman.
Alongside Bobby Deol, the film also stars Annup Sonii, Bhupendra Jadawat, Ninad Mahajani, Hitesh Bhojraj, and Sameer Paranjape. Shah Rukh Khan’s banner Red Chillies Entertainment is co-producing the film along with Netflix.