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ChaalBaaz (1989)

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Twins separated at infancy are brought up differently. One weak, one strong. One day, they end up at each others house. Their life is not the same anymore.

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Anju Das / Manju Das
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Jaggu (as Rajinikant)
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Tribhuvan Das
Shakti Kapoor ...
Batuknath Lalan Prasad Maalpani / Balma
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Dayal
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Vishwannath (as Saeed Jaffery)
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Manju's adopted mother
Rohini Hattangadi ...
Amba (Tribhuvan's wife)
Aftab Shivdasani ...
Raju (as Master Aftab)
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Johnny Lever
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Anju and Manju, identical twins separated at birth. Born to a rich father who is paralyzed, they are brought up in totally contrasting environments. Anju is brought up in her father's house, bullied by her stepmother and her brother. She is constantly terrorized by them and often ends up in tears. Manju is a street smart girl, dancing in a hotel and ready to take on the world. They accidentally exchange places; Anju lands up in Manju's house and Manju in her father's palatial house. She takes up cudgels on behalf of the down trodden and soon discovers that she has a twin. She soon turns tables on Hattangadi and Kher. Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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This is a gut-wrenching horror of a film!
19 June 2005 | by (India :-) ... -na :-(, USA) – See all my reviews

This film is a pain to watch. Not because of technical flaws or performance (it's an 80s film, so one must be quite tolerant), Sridevi is a great actress and dancer, but the story is terrible. There is just no way to enjoy this film. It shows such gut-wrenching abuse of the one twin role of Sridevi, Anju, and the whole film long you see the poor girl being broken and exploited. The film has some good intentions, which is to accuse the men's society of ruining the lives of women, but this film is so mercy-less and seems to right-out enjoy the Anju being abused, that the message becomes a farce. The ending does not help this film either, they spoiled it. I have not seen many Bollywood films before the 1990s, but I would say this one is special. Special because of Sridevi, but also infamous because of its cruelty. Just maddening and gut-wrenching.


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