Om Puri is an accomplished and prolific actor whose resume runs the gamut from the headiest art-house esoterica to the cheesiest mainstream movies. Om takes on corruption in the Indian bureaucracy in Dhoop ("Sunshine"), a political drama based on the true story of Anuj Nayyar, a soldier killed in a 1999 battle between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir line of control.
When Rohit Kapoor (the film's doppleganger for Capt. Nayyar) is killed, the government offers his family the right to open a petrol station - a gift meant to compensate them for their loss. Rohit's father Suresh (Om Puri) decides to accept the government's offer and build a petrol station to honor his son's memory. But when he attempts to arrange the land, electricity, and other infrastructure needed to operate the petrol station, he faces resistance at every level from corrupt administrators who expect generous bribes in order to do their jobs.
Dhoop is not a bad film, though its pace is quite slow, and the songs are somewhat boring and distract from the story. It does offer an interesting inside view of the creaky wheels of India's corrupt bureaucracy - but so do many, many other Hindi films with better scripting, better pacing, and better music.