Director: Atul Sabharwal
Writer: Atul Sabharwal
Cast: Bobby Deol as Vijay Singh
Geetika Tyagi as Sudha Singh, the wife of Vijay Singh.
Anup Soni as Manohar Patkar
Joy Sengupta as Raghav Desai
Vishwajeet Pradhan as Mangesh Dixit
Hans Dev Sharma as YP Mathur
Hitesh Bhojraj as Vishnu Varde
Sameer Paranjape as Aslam Khan
Ninad Mahajani as Laxman Jadhav
Prithvik Pratap as Janardan Surve
Bhupendra Jadawat as Pramod Shukla
Abhishek Bhalerao as Bombay Police with Vishnu Varde
A hero policeman shunted to a punishment posting as the Dean of the police academy decides to punish the corrupt bureaucracy and its criminal allies in return by training five lethal assassin policemen. But, like all good plans, it only works for a while until the fire that he has ignited threatens to burn his own house down.
Class of 83, which is based on a book authored by leading crime journalist Hussain Zaidi, is set in Bombay in the 1980s when the underworld’s stranglehold on the city was becoming hard to break. Dozens of young men rendered jobless as a result of the ongoing mill strike were being lured into joining local gangs, and the nexus between powerful politicians and criminal gang leaders made it hard for the police to weed out the problem. With this as the backdrop, the film follows an ideological cop-turned-trainer who moulds five cadets into encounter specialists.
Yanked off the field for doing his job with more integrity than those in power would like him to, upright officer Vijay Singh (Bobby Deol) lands a ‘punishment posting’ as the dean of the Police Training Centre in Nashik. Convinced that the only way to restore order in a flawed system is to fix it from the inside, he handpicks a clutch of bold young officers and trains them to bend the law in service of the larger good.
Inspired from real accounts of the city’s first encounter specialists, the film depicts how the officers shrewdly planned and executed hits while staying within the system and following all necessary protocol. But then it quickly slips into a predictable rise-and-fall-and-rise narrative with egos and corruption breaking up the friends, and a last-ditch shot at redemption triggered by their mentor.