Munna Siddiqi: Arunoday Singh
Munna is a disciple of Prabhunath who convinces
him to contest for the MLA seat from Jangiganj
by promising to run the campaign according
to Prabhunath's principles / ideologies and
without recourse to booth capturing and other
strong-arm techniques. Munna undergoes a
transformation after Prabhunath is brutally
assassinated. The transformed Munna, while
adhering to the ideologies of Prabhunath,
adds his own unique style of working
for people of Jangiganj. Rather than
becoming a king, he opts to be the
kingmaker! After Prabhunath he
supports his brother Sajid - an
aspiring IAS candidate - to run
for the MLA election since he
believes that Sajid also shares
the ideologies of Prabhunath.
Prabhunath Pandey: Raghuvir Yadav
Prabhunath Pandey is a social
worker and a man of high moral and
ethical standards who has served
the people of Jangiganj well as a
municipal ward member for the last
fifteen years. Even though Prabhunath
wished to expand his sphere of
influence to serve the nation, he
never contested an election for the
state legislature because his ethical
values and ideologies didn't match
with the existing political culture
where politicians won elections either
by buying votes or through booth
capturing and voter intimidation.
Rajnath Chowdhary: Yashpal Sharma
Opposition party chief Rajnath Chowdhary is the
exact antithesis of Prabhunath. He is in politics
solely for money and power. While there are
many contestants from other political parties,
Rajnath's candidate is the main contender for
the MLA seat from Jangiganj. Given Prabhunath's
simplicity and idealism and his own
overwhelming superiority in money and muscle
power, Rajnath doesn't consider him a serious
contender. However, because of Munna's hard
work and the energetic campaigning effort
of the grass-root party workers, Prabhunath
wins the election against all expectations.
Rajnath, being a shrewd and ruthless
politician, conspires to get Prabhunath
assassinated just after his electoral win.
Rukmi Devi: Kitu Gidwani
The ruling Chief Minister Rukmi Devi always
wanted Munna to be part of her party.
She succeeds in getting Munna to join her
party when he falls into the trap laid by his
political adversaries and ends up in jail.
Beyond politics, Rukmi Devi is physically
attracted towards Munna and uses her
enormous political clout to get him out
of jail. However, in the next election she
loses power because the electorate gets
disillusioned with her gross misuse of
power and patronage of goonda raj.
Razia: Angira Dhar
Razia is a progressive small
town girl who wants to continue
her studies even when the odds
are heavily stacked against her.
After Munna's brother is elected
MLA, his residence becomes
the de facto court which people
approach to seek quick justice.
When Razia's sister is troubled
by her in-laws, Munna's quick
intervention makes them fall in
line. Razia, already quite taken
in by Munna's rustic charm
is impressed by his helpful
attitude and says 'yes' when he
poses the question! Of course,
she doesn't have any inkling of
what is to come her way...
Ek Bura Aadmi is a work of fiction inspired by real life stories
of well-known criminals turned politicians from the North Indian
states of UP and Bihar. The film is a realistic portrayal of power
politics where money and muscle play very prominent roles.
The protagonist, Munna Siddiqui is a typical small town youth
who starts as a disciple of a politician practicing value-based
politics but ends up being a consummate practitioner of
manipulative politics. The film, while narrating the story of Munna
who intends to help the downtrodden fight for their basic rights
but employs questionable means to achieve these goals, raises
some serious questions about the ethos of the modern Indian
society and its dominant political culture.