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Raja Hindustani (1996)

India's biggest box office hit of 1996, Raja Hindustani is a musical drama about a poor cab driver who marries a rich woman and the struggles they face after marriage.

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Raja Hindustani
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Aarti Sehgal
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Mr. Sehgal (Aarti's father)
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Balvant Singh
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Kamal Singh / Kammo
Veeru Krishnan ...
Gulab Singh
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Rajnikant (as Master Kunal Khemu)
Pramod Moutho ...
Swaraj (Shalu's brother)
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Jai (as Mohnish Behl)
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Chacha (Raja's uncle)
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Chachi (Raja's aunt)
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Shalini Sehgal / Shalu (Aarti's stepmother)
Kalpana Iyer ...
Guest appearance in the song "Pardesi Pardesi"
Pratibha Sinha ...
Guest appearance in the song "Pardesi Pardesi"
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Shravan Sagar
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Raja is a poor man who lives in India. He meets with a very rich girl, and both fall in love with each other. The girl's name is Aarti, who lives with her step-mother, who is very cruel, father and and step-cousin, who oppose her having any contact with Raja. But Aarti is stubborn, and gets married to Raja. After their marriage, her step-mother, father and step-cousin pretend to accept them, but actually are planning to bring an end to their relationship. Written by Sumitra (corrected by Carrie)

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Bollywood Brass Band did a instrumental version of "Pardesi Pardesi (Stranger)". See more »

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Navneet Nishan has short hair before marriage. After tying the knot, she acquires waist-length hair overnight. See more »

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Referenced in Bade Dilwala (1999) See more »

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A reminder of the abysmal state of 90's Bollywood cinema
20 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

Do not get mislead by those nostalgic fans of Bollywood who refer to 90''s Bollywood as some sort of golden age. 90's Bollywood was abysmal fare and Raja Hindustani typifies how bad it was. Low budget, amateur, formulaic, melodramatic, artless, badly directed, loud, badly acted, bad writing, slapstick. It pains me to admit but RH is Best film material of 90's Bollywood, having won 9 awards for god awful acting. Johnny liver won for acting in a comic role playing the parody of a Punjabi sardar, supported by two jokers playing the parody of a gay man and a tomboy who pass of cheap slapstick as comedy. Karisma Kapoor won best actress for an extremely loud performance and awful acting. Her melodramatic scenes are loud and her attempts at looking beautiful and cute are borderline porn movie standard. There is not an ounce of subtlety or art, every actor is loud, shouts and screams. The characters are one dimensional, unrealistic and seem like they are written by a village bumkin. It's like every character is a parody, but what is sad this is not satire, it is suppose to be serious. Production values are awful, camera work is shaky, colour and print are cheap, lighting is worse than a wedding video, sound effects are poorly dubbed.

In general this is a terrible and amateur production. The only respites are Aamir Khan who is able to give life to an otherwise stupid character and the songs are melodious and iconic.

The standards of contemporary 21st century Bollywood cinema compared to 90's Bollywood is literally a quantum jump.


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