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When Jailer Vishwanath Pratap Singh slaps arch-criminal Dr. Michael Deng, he does not realize he has re-shaped his own future, as soon after his two sons, and daughter-in-law are ... See full summary »

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Vishwa Pratap Singh aka Rana
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Mrs. Singh
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Khairuddin Kisti
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Baiju Thakur
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Johnny / Gyaneshwar
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Dr. Michael Dang
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Radha
Poonam Dhillon ...
Tulsi
Satyanarayana Kaikala
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Dan Dhanoa
C.S. Dubey
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When Jailer Vishwanath Pratap Singh slaps arch-criminal Dr. Michael Deng, he does not realize he has re-shaped his own future, as soon after his two sons, and daughter-in-law are mercilessly gunned down by Deng's men; his youngest son is crippled; and his wife, Rukmani loses her vocal chords. Now calling himself Dada Thakur, Singh is determined to bring an end to Deng, and recruits three prisoners on death-row, namely Baiju Thakur, Johny/Gyneshwar, and a former terrorist Khairuddin Kisti to assist him in his private war against Deng. Dada Thakur does not realize that his army of three have only agreed to join him so that they could enjoy freedom, away from the prison, and from certain death awaiting them. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Subhash Ghai's original choice for the villain's role (Dr. Dang) was Amrish Puri, but the film-maker opted for Anupam Kher instead. Reason: "Amrish has been killed so many times on screen earlier that people wouldn't be interested in watching him get killed yet again," Ghai had revealed then. See more »

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Great film, Great story.....Totally great
27 October 2003 | by (london, england) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film when I was 8. I loved it then and I love it even more now. The main aspect of this film you have to realise is that, whilst it may not be up to the usual standards of the sophisticated pallette belonging to your average everyday hollywood filmgoer, Karma was a huge leap in filmmaking within India. Its brilliance lies not within the meagre budget it was made with (meagre compared to Hollywood standards) but with the dedication applied by its cast, crew and of course its most prized asset...the director.

Karma is a film that, admittedly, does not have the sophistication of a Lethal Weapon or Die Hard. You may think im making excuses for a poor film. On the contrary its with these obstacles in mind that Karma has become a GREAT film. The quality of acting talent within the film is awesome, including the great Dilip Kumar and Naseeruddin Shah. The story itself has won several awards and the most important part of the film is the directors style of filmaking which is so unique and stylised that, although this film has been made on a budget and some of the effects may leave a little to be desired, karma is beautiful to watch. The flowing camera movements never let you sit still, the music, though may sound the same, is emotive and used sparingly in the right places to create the perfect effect as a great wine does with your evening meal.

Subhash Ghai is an awesome filmmaker as he never bows to the traditional method of filmmaking. He is an innovator in the art of Indian movie making who tackles the strongest issues and social weakness in India and indeed humanity itself. Be it the recruiment of children into crime and terrorism as displayed so eloquently by the three young protagonists, the strength of family values which can overcome even the hardened minds displayed by Dilip Kumar or just the need for unity in the country and the world against oppression. Karma is an ideological film, based on the idea that all humans are inherently good and that life itself creates the difference between an officer and a criminal. Therefore no matter which god you believe in, what country you are from, in life your actions define who you really are


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