(Golu Goyal), Anjori Singh (Sujata), Faisal Rashid (Gautam, Manjunath’s
friend), Karan Ashar (Undy, College friend), Asif Basra (Devendra), Seema
Biswas (Manjunath’s mother), Kishore Kadam (Manjunath’s father), Divya Dutta
(Anjali), Rajesh Khattar (Manjunath’s Boss), Anand Nandakumar (Manjunath’s
brother), Om Prakash (Lallan), Girish Sahdev (Jai), Shishir Sharma (Golu’s
film-maker), is an effort to bring into light the true life story of Manjunath
Shanmugham. Nation was shocked at the gruesome murder news of a 27-year old
Indian Oil employee Manjunath Shanmugham (an IIM-Lucknow graduate) on 19th
November, 2005. He was shot dead by a Petrol Pump owner Pawan Kumar Mittal and
his associates in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, when Manjunath tried to
fight the corruption and expose the petrol pump owner’s efforts to sell
adulterated fuel. Manjunath had even got his petrol pump sealed once. Although the
main accused Pawan Kumar Mittal was sentenced to death by the Sessions court, it
was later commuted to life imprisonment by Allahabad High Court. The Court acquitted
two co-accused, Harish Misra and Sanjay Awasthi, while maintained the life
imprisonment of five others in the case.
review this movie, since it is really challenging to review such movies,
because, this is about somebody’s life. The person has gone through lot of
pain, anguish, fear, threat, helplessness. The very truth of the incident, the
loss to his family and other near and dear ones definitely touches our hearts,
moves us. It is so sad to see that one is taught ‘Ethics’, ‘Moral Science’ since
childhood, but when it comes to infuse ethos into the profession, or practice
the ‘ethics’ which one has learnt, he or she has to bear the brunt.
narrated by Manjunath himself, effortlessly portrayed by Sasho Satish Saarthy. A
very happy-go-lucky Manjunath, fondly known as ‘Macha’, is being shown in
IIM-Lucknow campus sharing wonderful equation with friends Gautam (Faisal
Rashid), Sujata (Anjori Singh), Undy (Karan Ashar) etc. Very light-hearted
moments. Manjunath and Gautam are at the top of the world on clearing the
campus interview of Bharat Oil. Manjunath as a marketing manager learns the
fuel adulteration in Golu Goyal’s petrol pump (excellently portrayed by Yashpal
Sharma). Golu tries to bribe Manjunath, and on failing, threatens Manjunath.
Manjunath who used to be once a happy-go-lucky person, turns out to be paranoid.
His friends mistook him to be suffering from schizophrenia. He takes a short
break from job and goes to his village, where some lovely moments projecting
the bond amongst the family members – mother (Seema Biswas, a great performance
from her), father (Kishore Kadam), and siblings are shown. He decides to go
back for his job. Although parents want him to take up some other job at
Bangalore, but it is heart-rendering scene that when he made up his mind, his
mother accompanied him and father gifted him a Bhagwat Gita.
that Golu Goyal has not mended his ways, tries to warn him and that leads to a series
of threats to his life. Manjunath tries to connect with his friends and Boss
(Rajesh Khattar) and informs them about the oil mafia, but his efforts go in
vain. He understood that the network is spread much beyond his imagination. He
tries to understand the logic that why diesel is adulterated with kerosene and
how much profit the petrol pump earns. Though Manjunath had a choice to ignore
the adulteration, but he could not act against his conscience. We might say
that he should have taken his organization or colleagues into confidence, but
who knows, probably he tried to get the buy-ins for his fight, but could not
manage to get.
really very tragic. Manjunath is being trapped by Golu Goyal and shot dead. The
movie does not stop there. It shows the IIM and IIT students protesting to get
justice for Manjunath, charge-sheet filing by Anjali and Jai (Divya Dutta and
Girsih Sahdev, an IIM-Lucknow Alumni), handing over the compensation to
Manjunath’s family, a condolence meeting held at IIM-Lucknow campus, the accused
being convicted etc.
movie, tells the story of an unsung hero who listened to his conscience.