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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 »

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Baadshah Khan
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Benazir / Mehndi
Nagarjuna Akkineni ...
Insp. Raja Mirza (as Nagarjuna)
Shilpa Shirodkar ...
Insp. Henna Ranveer Sethi
Kiran Kumar ...
Pasha
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Khuda Baksh
Anjana Mumtaz ...
Salma Mirza
Beena Banerjee ...
Laxmi Sethi (as Beena)
Vikram Gokhale ...
Jailer Ranveer Singh Sethi
Bharat Kapoor ...
Insp. Aziz Mirza
Shammi ...
Khuda Baksh's mother
Surendra Pal
Ali Khan ...
Habibulla - Pashan's brother
Mini Tabassum
Bhushan Jeevan
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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 killer, Habibullah, from India. He is successful, but he must return to India. He is then tragically separated from Benazir through a series of incidents that are only resolved years later with the arrival of his daughter, Menhdi, and his release from prison. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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God As Witness...Says The Title
18 April 2009 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Khuda Gawah tells the story of Badshah Khan and Benazir. The movie starts with Khan, a Patthani warrior competing with a rival warrior for a carcus. After 12 minutes of chase and bad editing, the rival warrior's mask falls off, and guess what, she's a very young babe. Badhshah lustfully stares at this hot chick (who is young enough to be his daughter, oh, but who cares?) and allows her to win the carcus. This sequence is followed by a terrible song where Badhshah expresses his lust to Benazir (which is the name of the warrior princess) and challenges her. After the song the warrior princess challenges him back and states hat if Badhshah manages to bring back the decapitated head of her father's enemy, then she will be his. Badhshah happily accepts the challenge (while maintaining his lustful grin). While Badhshah is away on his 'pilgrimage'. Benazir decides to shed her warrior princess image and become a traditional Patthani woman. Anyway, Badshah meets a bunch uninteresting people in India (except for the only interesting one being Anjana Mumtaz's character) and finds the murderer, decapitates him and brings the head back to Benazir. The former warrior princess is thrilled (and her eyes hint sadistic pleasure) and they immediately get married. But Badhshah has to return because he promised a Rajput copper that he'd surrender for having committed a crime. Benazir is disgusted but she eventually allows him to keep his promise. Badhshah is also being hunted down by the brother of the murderer of Benazir's father...confused, well watch 'Khuda Gawah' to clear that up.

The late Mukul Anand's 'Khuda Gawah' is a mostly enjoyable typical Bollywood operastyle masala. It's pretty much got all the Bollywood ingredients of songs, 'dishum dishum', good guys, over-the-top villains etc but there are some new additions which is what makes this likable. The female characters, whether it's Benazir, Salma, Henna or Mehendi are very strong. Clearly these women do not cling to the men nor are they the usual damsel in distress. The songs are quite beautiful (with the exception of the first one which is pretty bad) and stay in the viewers mind long after the film's ended. There's also the refreshing addition of the Pathani culture to the story. The costumes and desert locations are also a nice touch.

'Khuda Gawah' does have a slightly dated look. The cinematography is dull. The 12 minute chase sequence in the beginning is tiring to watch. Perhaps it would have been more engaging if it were better executed. The sound effect is bad. The fight scenes dragged a lot and the repetitive slow motion sequences were annoying. It could have used some editing (but then again, there is something called the fast-forward button).

Amitabh Bachchan delivers yet again another irritating performance which was his habit during the 80s and 90s. He is better in the scenes where he dials down the volume. Danny Denzongpa is wonderful. He delivers a memorable performance as Badhshah Khan's loyal friend, Khuda Baksh. Nagarjuna is alright. Then newcomer Shilpa Shirodkar holds her own and does nothing short of a fine job. Vikram Gokhale and Anjana Mumtaz stand out among the supporting cast. But, 'Khuda Gawah' is clearly, and not surprisingly, Sridevi's film. Playing two characters in one film is nothing new to this actress and she can just make it look so easy. Whether it's the courageous warrior turned insane wife Benazir or the vivacious and smart Mehendi, no role seems to be difficult for this actress. She is simply mindblowing.

'Khuda Gawah' also has some suggestive macabre scenes (and I really hope no animals were really killed for this movie) and the ending is quite funny. But anyway, this is among the few Bollywood 'masala' flicks I enjoyed. It is far from perfect but the good points that it has are reason enough for me.


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