In a typical college in a typical Indian city, the hostel boys Madan Sharma (Aamir Khan) and his friend are a rowdy lot. The teaching staff suffer from the common apathy of most teachers in similar colleges. The administration has the usual problems, with ill-paid employees periodically going on strike. On the whole, the college is a very normal place.
However, on this particular day, when Madan and his friends rise from their slumber, some with the customary hangover, they are not so perturbed to find no water in the taps again, as when they hear that it is not going to be a holiday after all.
Learning that there is to be a lecture in the auditorium by the Chairman of the Board (Dr. Shriram Lagoo), on the day of the festival of fire, Holi, the boys decide not to attend. The hostel superintendent Professor Singh (Naseeruddin Shah), the only lecturer with some human links with the students, watches with apprehension their growing restlessness. A notice announcing a further. A notice announcing a further postponement of examinations adds to the bitterness.
A fight erupts out of nowhere between principal Phande's (Om Puri) nephew and another student; the principal's nephew is hurt and the other boy is promptly rusticated. This is seen as a drastic punishment, and the news spreads like wildfire to all the students of the college.
Resistance is organized in the library, in the laboratory, in the classrooms and the college grounds as the students rebel against the principal. How will this student rebellion unfold? How long can the students be kept under control and will the fundamental reasons for the conflict ever be resolved?
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For his exceptional work in this movie, Jehangir Choudhary won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography in 1985. Read More