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Baaghi: A Rebel for Love (1990)

Saajan is a college youth, enjoying his life, meets with Kajal the girl of his dreams at a brothel. Kajal is an innocent victim of Dhanraj, who runs this brothel. Saajan eventually falls in... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Saajan Sood
Kajal 'Paro'
Colonel D.N. Sood
Jaggu (as Mohnish Bahel)
Mrs. Vandana Sood (as Beena)
Raju Shrestha ...
Raju 'Refill' (as Rajoo Shreshta)
Buddha (as Pradeep Singh)
Salim Khan Ding-Dong ...
Salim 'Tempo' (as Salim Khan)
Kaajal's Interviewer
College Principal
Ghanshyam Rohera ...
Abdul (as Ghanshyam)
Police Inspector D'Souza


Saajan is a college youth, enjoying his life, meets with Kajal the girl of his dreams at a brothel. Kajal is an innocent victim of Dhanraj, who runs this brothel. Saajan eventually falls in love with Kajal, but this love affair is not acceptable to the society, which includes his parents Mr. and Mrs. Sood. Saajan's dad Col. Sood wants his son to join the Indian army. On the other side, this relationship of love is also not acceptable to Dhanraj, since he doesn't want any of his brothel girls to go into normal respectable society. Trapped between both, Saajan, along with his friends, rescues his love from the brothel. But the question remains: Will Saajan's parents accept him along with Kajal or Will Dhanraj's evilness overcome the couple's love? Written by gavin (racktoo@hotmail.com)

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Release Date:

11 December 1990 (India)  »

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Baghi  »

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The idea for the story of this movie came from Salman Khan. See more »


Inhi Logon Ne
(from Pakeezah (1972))
Written by Majrooh Sultanpuri
Composed by Ghulam Mohammed
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar
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One of Salman Khan's decent movies from the 1990s
19 April 2012 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

Salman Khan started off with a supporting role in a relatively lesser known film called Biwi Ho To Aisi(1988). Khan had a supporting role here and unfortunately, the film did not do much for Khan. This was no big deal as Khan became an overnight sensation with his next release. This was the blockbuster, Maine Pyaar Kiya(1989). Khan's Baaghi(1990) released after Maine Pyar Kiya(1989) and it did good business at the box office.

Baaghi tells the story of Saajan Sood, a collegian. His father is a colonel from the Indian Army. His father expects him to be a military official but Saajan has other wishes. Saajan has fallen in love with a girl named Kajal. His parents are shocked when they find out she is Paro, a brothel girl. Saajan has a big argument with his father; he ends up leaving his home. He tries to free his love but the brothel owner, Dhanraj, will not let Paro leave. Will Saajan be able to free his love from Dhanraj's nest? Will Colonel Sood accept a brothel girl as his daughter in law despite the fact that she is helpless and wants to lead a normal life? Will there be a happy ending? To find out, watch Baaghi.

Baaghi is not a bad film but it is not anything great. It is nothing more than a typical romantic action film from the 1990s. However, it is one of the more popular, more successful, and better romantic action flicks from the 1990s. The film has a script that has been narrated before. Salman Khan and Javed Siddiqui's script is alright but the film's direction rises above the script. The film's direction ensures that the script was executed properly for the most part.

Deepak Shivdasani's direction is decent but it is not anything exemplary. The film is decently handled and it works for its time but sometimes, the melodrama goes way too overboard. For example, Colonel Sood's argument with his son, Saajan, is too overdone. It could have been better directed. However, there are not too many of such overdone scenes which explains why the direction is decent.

Salman Khan was quite raw during his initial time in the Hindi Film Industry. However, he has not done a shabby job. He has acted decently but at times, he looks a little uncomfortable with emotions. He improved through time and has given exemplary performances in films like Tere Naam(2003) and the most recent, Bajrangi Bhaijaan(2015). Nagma looks beautiful and has done a much better job here when compared one of her next films, Yalgaar(1992). She brings in the right emotions and is quite restrained in several scenes. Kiran Kumar as Colonel Sood does not have much to do but he is good. He only irritates when he has to shout and scold Salman Khan. Raju Shreshta, Salim Khan Ding-Dong, and Pradeep Singh are funny as Salman's college mates. They do what is required. Shakti Kapoor repeats his villain act but does manage to impress. He has done such roles so many times that he can do this in his sleep. Mohnish Behl is alright. Mac Mohan is wasted in a small role. Beena Banerjee is alright. The rest provide decent support.

The film's music by Anand Milind was a major highlight. Ek Chanchal Shok Haseena is a decent song but it is not as good as the awesome, Kaisa Lagta Hai. The song that got Abhijeet famous was Chandni Raat Hai and it was pretty good. Amit Kumar's Tapori was added to the film much later and it became a big success. It was the peppy number which was quite foot tapping for its time.

Action by Raam Shetty is realistic without too many weird punches and kicks. The action is even more real because Salman Khan is not shown as an invincible person. He tries to fight in certain scenes but he gets overpowered. He is not shown as someone who can easily take on 5 thugs and this is good because Salman Khan was no Dabangg back then. He was no Sunny Deol, an action hero who the invincible action hero image fits really well. Raam Shetty had kept this well in mind while he choreographed the action sequences of the film. Therefore, Raam Shetty has done a good job.

A.Muthu's editing is functional. It is nothing to shout about as the film does drag in certain portions. However, it is no big deal as this was a common problem with Hindi Films in the 1990s. All the other people involved in the making of Baaghi have done a decent job.

On the whole, Baaghi is a watchable movie but it is nothing special. It is flawed but decently directed. However, this is not Deepak Shivdasani's best directed film even if it may be one of his more successful films. He has received more praise for successful action films like Bhai(1997). However, it must be said that Baaghi is a better romantic action movie than Shivdasani's Pehchaan(1993) which was deeply flawed and hard to digest.

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