Down 36,390 this week

Shahenshah (1988)

 |  Action  |  29 January 1988 (India)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 983 users  
Reviews: 6 user

An underworld criminal name JK is involved in terrorism as well as criminal activities, he also intervene in government affairs and is a crook in the book. When an honest police inspector ... See full summary »



, (story) (as Jaya Bachchan) , 1 more credit »
0Check in

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns a 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 33 titles
created 31 Jul 2011
a list of 473 titles
created 25 May 2012
a list of 22 titles
created 14 Aug 2012
a list of 30 titles
created 8 months ago
a list of 111 titles
created 1 week ago

Related Items

Search for "Shahenshah" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Shahenshah (1988)

Shahenshah (1988) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Shahenshah.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Khuda Gawah (1993)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Baadshah Khan falls in love with Benazir, a member of a rival clan who has defeated him in a game of buzkashi. Benazir will not marry him unless he brings back the head of her father's ... See full summary »

Director: Mukul Anand
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Sridevi, Nagarjuna Akkineni
Naseeb (1981)
Action | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Naseeb, a story of destiny and fate, begins with a lottery ticket. A drunk who cannot pay his tab trades his 'winning' ticket to the waiter, Namdev (Pran), instead. Namdev decides to share ... See full summary »

Director: Manmohan Desai
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha, Rishi Kapoor
Laawaris (1981)
Drama | Action | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Left in the care of an alcoholic Gangu Ganpat (Shreeram Lagoo), young Heera, who named himself after a stray dog, wrestles with life in his young age. Years later, now a young man (Amitabh ... See full summary »

Director: Prakash Mehra
Stars: Zeenat Aman, Vikas Anand, Amitabh Bachchan
Sooryavansham (1999)
Musical | Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

For generations the Sooryavansh family has ruled the communities and it's people justly and fairly. This generation is headed by Thakur Bhanupratap Singh (Amitabh Bachchan). He has 3 sons, ... See full summary »

Directors: Satyanarayana E.V.V., Pranavanand
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Soundarya, Rachana Banerjee
Shaan (1980)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Shaan tells the story of DCP Shiv Kumar an honest, brave and upright police man. He live in the country with his wife, a daughter and two brothers Ravi and Vijay who are con men to the ... See full summary »

Director: Ramesh Sippy
Stars: Sunil Dutt, Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan
Mr. Natwarlal (1979)
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Natwar is just a young boy when his beloved older brother and caretaker, police officer Gridharilal (Ajit), is framed for bribery by sinister criminal mastermind Vikram (Amjad Khan). When ... See full summary »

Director: Rakesh Kumar
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Ajit
Agneepath (1990)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A young boy's quest for revenge leads him to become a gangster as an adult, and with each day he becomes more and more like his enemies. Can he find vengeance and redemption?

Director: Mukul Anand
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty, Madhavi
Silsila (1981)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A story of love lost and found, but twisted by society's demands and conventions to appear as adultery.

Director: Yash Chopra
Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri
Mard (1985)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

British intelligence comes over to India and loot all its wealth and carry it over to there country. Once they were being challenge by a brave king name Raja Azaad Singh, one day he happen ... See full summary »

Director: Manmohan Desai
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Amrita Singh, Nirupa Roy
Yaarana (1981)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Multi-millionaire Bishan Kumar and orphan Kishan are inseparable friends and live in the same house with Bishan's widowed mother and a maid servant. Bishan's father was responsible for the ... See full summary »

Director: Rakesh Kumar
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Neetu Singh, Tanuja
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

David is an old prisoner, released after twenty-four years in a penitentiary for a crime he hasn't committed. The three men who framed him and sent him away, are now prominent citizens of ... See full summary »

Director: Bhagyaraj
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Sridevi, Jaya Prada
Don (1978)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Don, a wanted criminal, dies in a police chase. DSP D'Silva is the only one who knows about his death, and to get hold of the gang he trains Don-lookalike Vijay. But Vijay faces danger from the police and from within the gang.

Director: Chandra Barot
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Pran


Cast overview, first billed only:
Vijay Kumar Srivastava / Shahenshah
Julie (Shalu's mother)
Rohini Hattangadi ...
Shanti (Vijay's mother)
Supriya Pathak ...
Vijayendra Ghatge ...
Mohammed Salim (Guest Appearance)
Sudhir ...
J.K's man
Jagdeep ...
Tarachand Badlani
Avtar Gill ...
Corrupt Police Officer (as Avtaar Gill)
Bandini Mishra
Dan Dhanoa
Yunus Parvez ...
Man shot dead at Salim's funeral (as Yunus Pervaiz)
Goga Kapoor ...
J.K's lawyer
Sameer Khakhar
Suresh Bhagwat ...
Shalu's friend


An underworld criminal name JK is involved in terrorism as well as criminal activities, he also intervene in government affairs and is a crook in the book. When an honest police inspector Srivastav attempts to expose JK he is framed and evidences are tampered with so he is unable to prove his innocence, an as a result he commit suicide by hanging himself leaving his wife and son behind. Years later his son grows up an become a police inspector like his dad; inspector Vijay Kumar Srivastav; but is very much different from his dad by turning a blind eye to criminal activities, never serious with his job and accept huge sums of money to let off petty crooks. The talk of the town is a man in black clothing who calls himself "Shahenshah"; he operates as a Judge in the night, giving a verdict against his victims and killing them in a Executioner style. It looks like this man will get his hands on JK before the police does and might as well ruin the image of corrupt police inspector like ... Written by raj (

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

29 January 1988 (India)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


Jackie Shroff was to play the lead role, if Amitabh Bachchan hadn't quit politics and come back to films. Jackie's costumes for the film had already been ordered, and he had begun preparing for the role. See more »


Shahenshah: I am greater than you, my name is Shahenshah.
See more »


References Class of 1984 (1982) See more »


O Behna
Music by Amar Biswas & Utpal Biswas
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
Performed by Mohammed Aziz
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

By the books actioner
16 March 2003 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Sundays is quite often Amitabh Bachchan day for me these days. It's the only time in the week I can find 3 hours to sit down and watch a Bollywood movie, and my Indian star of choice is definitely Amitabh.

A righteous police officer is framed by the villains he is investigating, and in shame he hangs himself. His son grows up to be a policeman too, but rather unexpectedly he turns out to be something of a coward and a simpleton who takes bribes. At least - that's what he wants you to believe! For by night he adopts a different persona - the one man crime fighting machine, SHAHENSHAH! Endowed with unstoppable power (for reasons never explored) and quite the worst outfit in movie history, Shahenshah is judge, jury and executioner for the criminals the law can't touch.

Amitabh Bachchan gets to play something of a dual role again, reprising the betel-chewing simpleton character and the tough hero characters he's played plenty of times before. It's a good chance to show his range as an actor, but by 1987 there is no question that he was past his prime (and optimum weight) for the angry young man sort of role that made him popular (yet of course still not matured enough for the cool sophisticat Bachchan of today). SHAHENSHAH doesn't ask much of the veteran actor, and certainly can't be considered one of his best roles.

The plot for the movie is rather full of holes, but basically addresses a theme that I find to be exceedingly common in Indian cinema - the failure of the police and politicians to protect the citizens of the country. If Bollywood cinema is to be believed, corruption must be a significant problem, and there is a clear wish for a 'strong hero' that will fight on the side of the poor and the innocent. Preferably quite violently

SHAHENSHAH has a fairly stock villain character, played by Amrish Puri in what may be his 1,000,000th villain role - a role he could do in his sleep with his face. He gets up to the usual sorts of crimes - drugs, murder, bribery and trying to force poor people off their land. Oh, and he is the man responsible for dad's death, naturally. There's also a love interest, played both sassily and sexily by Meenakshi Sheshadri, who thankfully gets a lot more to do than just dance and look pretty in a good role. Mix in patriotic mothers, virginal sisters and noble reporters and you get an idea of what to expect.

There's not a lot of depth or subtlety to the plot, and I'm not sure quite how it gets stretched out to fill 185 minutes. There's quite a few lengthy songs of course, and quite a few action scenes of the "Amitabh waves a fist and 5 guys somersault away in slow motion" type, but few fresh or exceedingly interesting ideas.

The movie definitely looks stuck in the 80's, and unfortunately by the latter half of that decade Amitabh Bachchan's star was definitely fading. SHAHENSHAH is a far cry from such great movies as DON and SHOLAY. It manages to be moderately entertaining, as any movie containing such a basic mix of ingredients will be, but I can't imagine it getting a second watch any time.

19 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Inspired from which hollywood flick? neel_d
unforgetable movie! zeeshanwon
Discuss Shahenshah (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: