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Unable to handle the taking of his kingdom by an Indian Government decree, the Maharaja kills himself. His son, Jaipal, takes over as the Maharaja, turns rebel, and refuses to hand over his... See full summary »

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Dhirendra Singh
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Manu
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Janki
Vinod Khanna ...
Bhanu
Ranjeeta Kaur ...
Kamli
Tina Munim ...
Jaya
Ranjeet ...
Jaipal Singh
Rehman ...
Thakur Pratap Singh
Nasir Hussain ...
Police Commissioner Siddheshwar Singh
Iftekhar ...
Ram Avtaar Singh
Om Shivpuri ...
Thakur Sangram Singh
Indrani Mukherjee ...
Rupmati - Manu's Chachi
Purnima ...
Dhirendra Singh's Mother
Murad ...
Maharaja the King
Mohan Sherry ...
Diwanji
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Unable to handle the taking of his kingdom by an Indian Government decree, the Maharaja kills himself. His son, Jaipal, takes over as the Maharaja, turns rebel, and refuses to hand over his title and kingdom to the Government. It is in this background that Police Superintendent Dhirendra Singh assumes his duties. When a conflict arises between Jaipal and himself, he is transferred to another town. His father, Thakur Ram Avtaar, wants him to marry a childhood friend, Janki, the daughter of Thakur Pratap Singh. When he meets her, he falls in love with her, not knowing that she has given her heart to Manu Pratap Singh, with whose family there is animosity as Pratap's sister had eloped with a male from their family, & was killed at the hands of Pratap. An enraged Pratap, when he finds out about Janki's affair, has her married to Dhirendra. On the day of the marriage, Jaipal's nephew abducts Janki, but is shot dead by Manu. A pregnant Janki goes to live with Dhirendra, while Manu is ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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The royal blood in the struggle of life and love
17 July 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

The story of Rajput starts with two families belonging to the warrior race (the Rajputs). The first family is of Thakur Sangraam Singh (Om Shivpuri) who has two songs - Maanu (Dharmendra) and Bhaanu (Vinod Khanna) whereas the second family is of Thakur Prataap Singh (Rehman) who has a daughter - Jaanaki (Hema Malini). There is a very old feud between these two families but as always happens in Indian movies - Maanu and Jaanaki fall in love with each other. Jaanaki gets pregnant through Maanu but their marriage cannot materialize and she is married by her father (ignorant of her pregnancy) to a police officer - Dhirendra (Rajesh Khanna). When the groom and his companions (Baaraat) are going back to their place with the bride in the sedan, they are attacked by the bandits who are trying to snatch the bride (i.e., Jaanaki) away from them. Dhirendra fails their attempt but meantime he gets a false impression as if Jaanaki has been raped by a bandit. In fact, that bandit was killed by Maanu who gets arrested and sentenced with long imprisonment by the court. Dhirendra comes to know of his wife's pregnancy and considers it a result of the rape that had taken place with her (as per his own knowledge and belief). However Jaanaki herself tells him that the pregnancy is the result of her love for someone else. Thereafter Dhirendra who actually loves his wife very much, avoids conjugal relationship with her but does not allow it to be known to anybody in his household. Jaanaki gives birth to a son who is loved very much by his foster father - Dhirendra very much.

The bandits who had attacked Dhirendra, Jaanaki and the group (Baaraat) belong to a former king of an erstwhile princely state who is not ready to accept the reality even after the merger of the state with the Union of India after the independence of the nation. This person is but natural another Rajput (a person having royal blood in his veins) - Jaipaal Singh (Ranjeet). He is licentious and one day he rapes Bhaanu's sweetheart - Kamli (Ranjeeta). Considering herself as impure now (from the viewpoint of becoming Bhaanu's wife), Kamli becomes Jaipaal's keep and gives birth to his son. Jaipaal is still extracting money from the people considering himself as still the king and the people of the locality as still his subjects. Moreover, he is a clandestine bandit too, looting the people in the darkness of night while maintaining his clean image before the government authorities in the daylight.This continuous harassment of the people of the area leads Bhaanu to take up arms against the attackers. He rechristens himself as Bhawaani and becomes a bandit himself. However he is not a bandit for the commonfolk. He becomes a bandit to take on the real bandits. Now the frequent tussles keep on taking place between the real bandits led by Jaipaal and the modern Robinhood - Bhaanu now known as Bhawaani.

Years pass. The son of Jaanaki has become a schoolgoing boy. Jaanaki has patched up with her husband - Dhirendra and living a happily married life in her home. Dhirendra has also elevated in his rank and still in search of the bandits who could not have been eliminated over these years and still they are a terror in the area. Maanu is released from jail after his sentence is complete and happens to meet Jaanaki. He is glad to see that he has a lovely son and his foster father - Dhirendra loves him very much. He is also glad to see Jaanaki's marital bliss. Now, after finding out that his younger brother - Bhaanu has become a bandit to take on the real bandits, he joins hands with him.

One day Bhaanu suddenly comes across Kamli and the painful tale of her rape and giving birth to a son becomes known to him. He forces Jaipaal to marry Kamli and acknowledge her son as his own. Meantime, the legitimate daughter of Jaipaal - Jayakaamini (Tina Munim) who had been studying abroad, comes back to India. To teach Bhaanu a lesson as well as to misguide the police, Jaipaal arranges a false attack of bandits on himself and his people but Bhaanu takes advantage of this situation and checkmates Jaipaal by kidnapping Jayakaamini during the pandemonium of that false attack turning into a real fight between his gang and Jaipaal's gang. Jayakaamini first hates her kidnapper but after coming to know of the reality of her father and Bhaanu's endeavours to protect innocents from the loots of her father, she starts loving him. The action-packed climax culminates in Maanu's sacrifice in his bid to save the life of Jaanaki's son (whose biological father is himself only) and elimination of Jaipaal and his gang.

This story is much better, interesting, moving and impressive when watched on the screen. I was fortunate to watch it on the big screen but even on the small screen, this thrilling and sentimental movie is a treat to watch. Technically the movie is just superb and all the fight and chase sequences have been executed with finesse.

All the principal male stars - Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna and Rajesh Khanna have done well in association with the female leads - Hema Malini, Ranjeeta and Tina Munim. The child artist has also impressed as the little son of Jaanaki.

Melodious tunes composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal with the beautiful lyrics of Anand Bakshi is the icing on the cake. The two songs have been given voice by Rafi, Kishore, Asha, Mahendra Kapoor, Hemlata, Dilraj Kaur, Manhar Udhaas etc.

If you want to watch a thoroughly interesting multi-starrer movie with a brilliant mix of action and sentiments, Rajput is the right choice for you. It has good repeat value and one who likes it will always be tempted to watch it again.


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