A question of bad tasteIdentify this film and its director. George, Vibhendu, and Harish are banned from participating. There are, as we say in our dirty trade, clues to make it "workable". If you use a search engine, I will send nameless horrors to visit upon you.
Crew la de vilThere you go. Answers in comments if you're fool/brave-hardy.
This film features as its lead actors, Sanjeev Kumar, Sunil Dutt, and Shatrughan Sinha. "Above all" is Jeetendra. This film probably holds the Frams book of dubious awards for the most number of "special appearances" such as Premnath, Vinod Mehra, Neetu Singh, Bindiya Goswami, Reena Roy, Rekha, and Sarika. The film also boasts of an equally large number of "guest appearances", such as Aruna Irani, Jagdeep, Paintal, and Jayashree T. The difference between "special" and "guest" appearances is that the ones under the former appear almost throughout the film, while most of the latter come every 30 minutes.
There are also a bunch of villains, including a special guest (my words) appearance by Amrish Puri. Shatrughan Sinha also has a singing credit in this film. The late Bunny Reuben is credited as "Bunny Robin".
The film suffers from a massive Sholay-aspirational hangover. Sanjeev Kumar plays a grim and tortured Thakur, the leading men attempt to wear curry western outfits from the House of Chambal, the hilly locales are airlifted and airbrushed from Ramnagaram, the local village is (allegedly) tormented by mostly absent bandits. Rekha is trying to do an Amitabh-in-Awadh impression, and the dress designers decamped with most of the clothes except a 'laal-joDaa-wedding-ka', leaving all the gals exposed. Sunil Dutt needs anatomy lessons as he is unable to deduce the gender of a moustachio-ed Reena Roy from point-blank range. Madan Puri lands the A.K.Hangal slot, but with a twist - he is only pretending to be a blind man.
Plotter's wheel reinvented
The plot is very simple, but only deceptively so. A black hairy monster starts to wipe the earth clean of brand new brides attired in red, and possesses the parasitic gift of taking rent-free residence in males passing by. After scenes involving Amrish Puri and set in a train compartment the size of a football field, the action moves to the afore-mentioned village. Sunil Dutt and Shatru are the local alpha males, also involved in what seems to be a love tetrahedron. This is an excellent excuse to go off traipsing around trees and waterfalls in real, imaginary, and complex song sequences.
The plot thus alternates between the following 3.5 threads:
1. wedding happens - bride goes missing at nearby temple (which, despite its increasingly gory reputation, never ceases to be a centre of tourism)
2. Shatru and Sunil clash, usually in the town centre, and eye and get eyed amorously by 3 other ladies.
3. Meanwhile, at an altitude above all of them, Jeetu and Neetu perform Pilates in polyester in full view of her approving brother Dutt-saab. Cut to even more song sequences.
3.5. A comedy relief thread featuring Jagdeep, Paintal and Jayashree T., which is as frequent as Halley's Comet, which is a relief in itself.
I was watching this on Zee Cinema, but it took so long that the horror angle got swamped by the rest. I couldn't complete it, so I don't know how it ends. The fact that it must have ended makes it a happy ending.