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Anil Kapoor ... Raju

Madhuri Dixit ... Saraswati

Aruna Irani ... Laxmi Devi (as Aroona Irani)
Laxmikant Berde ... Pandu Dhondu Bhikaji Rao
Akash Khurana ... Prem
Adi Irani ... Ramesh (as Ajitesh)

Anupam Kher ... Totaram
Rita Bhaduri ... Neeta
Satyendra Kapoor ... Shyamlal (as Satyen Kappu)
Bharati Achrekar ... Mynavati (as Bharti Acherekar)
Kunika ... Kunika
Priya Arun
Brij Gopal ... Bhairon Singh Rana
Master Bunty ... Young Raju
Yunus Parvez (as Yunus Pervez)
Vikas Anand ... Raju's prospective father-in-law
Gurbachchan Singh ... Tiwari (as Gurbachan)
Harjeet Walia
Arun Mathur ... Diwan (Saraswati's prospective father-in-law)
Jamnadas (as Jamnadass)
Rajeev Mehta
Vipul Shah
Ghanshyam Nayak
Snehal (as Snehel)
Raugh Sheikh
Johnny Hayward (as Jony Hawards)
Naginder Malawade (as Naginder)
Miss Mimmy (as Miss. Mimmy 'Hira')
Rajesh Mehta
Yasmin (as Yasmeen)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harbans Darshan M. Arora ... Village in red turban (uncredited)
Jack Gaud ... Cameo (uncredited)

Directed by
Indra Kumar 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gyandev Agnihotri  screenplay
Bhagyaraj  story
Rajeev Kaul  scenario (as Rajiv Kaul)
Naushir Khatau  story advisor (as Noshir Khatau)
Kamlesh Pandey  dialogue
Praful Parekh  scenario

Produced by
Indra Kumar .... producer
Ashok Thakeria .... producer
Original Music by
Vanraj Bhatia (background music)
Anand Chitragupth  (as Anand-Milind)
Milind Chitragupth  (as Anand-Milind)
Cinematography by
Baba Azmi 
Film Editing by
Hussain A. Burmawala 
Art Direction by
Bijon Das Gupta 
Makeup Department
Eknath Paigude .... makeup artist
Bhagwan Rajput .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Vishwajeet Manral .... production manager
Vikas Mehta .... production executive
Dilip Mistry .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
S.P. Chaturvedi .... associate director
Pramod A. Dubey .... chief assistant director (as Pramod Dube)
Narendra Patel .... assistant director
Vasant R. Patel .... chief assistant director
Anil Rehal .... assistant director (as Anil Reyal)
Rishi Roy .... assistant director
Rajendra Tomar .... assistant director (as Rajinder Tomer)
Art Department
Ravi Sanyal .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Raghuvir Choudhry .... assistant sound (as Raghuvir Chaudhary)
Hitendra Ghosh .... sound re-recordist: Rajkamal Kala Mandir
Shaukat Hussain .... assistant sound (as Shaukat Husain)
Pradeep Suri .... audiographer
Special Effects by
N.V. Pai .... special effects
Amit Tade .... title assistant (as Ameet Tade)
Prakash Tade .... main titles
Allan Amin .... assistant action coordinator (as Amin Gani)
Abdul Gani .... action coordinator (as A. Gani)
Abbas Ali Moghul .... assistant action coordinator (as Abbas)
Camera and Electrical Department
Deepak Kharadi .... assistant camera
K. Mohammed .... chief assistant camera (as K. Mohamed)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Peter Fernandes .... dress assistant (as Peter)
Anand Kamble .... dress
Sunita Kapoor .... costumes
Anja San .... costumes
Parshuram Sawant .... dress assistant (as Parsuram)
Anna Singh .... costumes
Moris Joseph Swami .... dress (as Moris)
Editorial Department
Maruti Sawant .... assistant editor
Music Department
U.K. Dubey .... music assistant
Inderjeet .... playback singer
Udit Narayan .... playback singer
Anuradha Paudwal .... playback singer
Vipin Sachdeva .... playback singer
Sameer .... lyricist
Ashok Shukla .... song recordist: Sudeep Studio P. Ltd.
Prakash Verma .... music assistant
Other crew
Chandu .... production assistant
Gaurang V. Doshi .... production executive
Vinod Doshi .... presenter
Balraj Irani .... production executive
G.K. Joshi .... chief accountant
Saroj Khan .... choreographer
S. Vikas Mehta .... production executive (as S. Vikas Mehta [Vicky])
Mohan .... production assistant
Usha Nagpal .... assistant choreographer
Gopal Pandey .... public relations officer
Prabhakar .... production assistant
Shiva .... production assistant
Bhupendra Singh .... assistant choreographer (as Bhupen)
Subhash .... production assistant
Suresh .... production assistant
Rajesh Tank .... accountant
Zaheer .... production assistant
Khimraj Bhagwanji Thakeria .... in memory of

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Additional Details

171 min

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The devoted son, the devious stepmother, and above all -- the smart wife named Madhuri!, 7 November 2009
Author: Peter Young from Earth

Beta is extremely melodramatic and for the most part suffers from very poor writing. Like most of Indra Kumar's films, it has a fantastic story which is poorly executed on-screen. The very inept depiction does not withhold the film from being entertaining and watchable though, and that's mainly thanks to its interesting concept, superb soundtrack and brilliant star-cast. The film has three main characters: the son, his devious stepmother, and his wife who enters the picture like a saviour. Kapoor plays Raju, a devoted son to his wicked stepmother who would kill and give his life for her if she asked. Since she entered the house as his father's second wife, she has used the boy who had carved for a mother and deviously left him illiterate. In addition to that, she quietly made her husband's life miserable by making the entire world think he is mentally imbalanced and imprisoning him - all for money. But soon Raju marries Saraswati, a young and smart woman who, unlike her loyal and innocent husband, shortly discovers her mother-in-law's true character and swears to destroy her plans.

The film's story is, as said, fantastic. But the film itself suffers from a poor script and some amazingly annoying attempts at comedy. Having said that, it is filled with many great moments and scenes of romance and drama, it has some very worthy dialogues, the development of story is effective, and the songs are very melodious and pleasant. That's what keeps the film generally engaging and entertaining, but if there is one aspect that particularly manages to keep it intact, it must be the acting. Anil Kapoor, playing the title character, does get a bit let down by the very immature character he is given. But while his character's overly loving and often childish attitude does get irritating at times, his sincerity is much more powerful and is strong enough to make this performance memorable. Aruna Irani is simply outstanding as the vicious Laxmi and is thoroughly convincing. However, Beta is clearly Madhuri Dixit's film. She is mind-blowing as Saraswati. She always could rise above a poor script, and here she gets to play a courageous and sensible woman who is unafraid to fight everyone for justice, and she does just that. Her expressive eyes, forceful line delivery, smart attitude, decisiveness, hot dance numbers and overall persona -- are all spot on and contribute to making this performance unforgettable.

All-in-all, Beta is not a film for everyone, but I think as a mainstream Hindi entertainment, it is brilliant. Some may find it overblown, but I still think it is one of Indra Kumar's better works (along with Mann, his best, and Dil). I found the film totally enjoyable and I liked the film's last scene, which was superb and quite satisfying. The film remains memorable for its music and for its actors, especially Madhuri, and it's easy to see why. This film could have easily been titled Bahu (daughter-in-love) after her character. Anyway, I recommend you to watch Beta. Remember not to expect that much, and you will be happy.

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