Kabzaa (1988)

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Ranjit Varma and his younger brother, Ravi works for a notorious criminal, Veljibhai Soda. While Ranjit is Veljibhai defense advocate; Ravi does all his unlawful activities. On one ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ranjit Varma
Ravi Varma (as Sunjay Dutt)
Amrita Singh ...
Alok Nath ...
Ustad Ali Mohammed
Paresh Rawal ...
Veljibhai Soda
Nilu Phule ...
Mandar Bhagawat (as Neelu Phule)
Mahesh Anand ...
Dagha's assistant
Mushtaq Khan ...
Kamal Chopra
Dagha Sahab
Doctor Smita
Akash Khurana ...
Arun Date (as Aakash Khurana)
Tiku Talsania ...
Drunk man in the restaurant
Disco Shanti ...


Ranjit Varma and his younger brother, Ravi works for a notorious criminal, Veljibhai Soda. While Ranjit is Veljibhai defense advocate; Ravi does all his unlawful activities. On one assignment where by Ravi is asked to evade Ustad Ali Mohammed from his property so that Veljibhai can take possession of it; Ravi instead admires Ali Mohammed ideals and decides to make him his mentor. When Ali Mohammed is killed by Veljibhai men; Ravi decides to carry on his linage and this becomes the motive of his life. But Veljibhai is holding Ranjit as hostage until Ravi endorse a legal document which states that Veljibhai is the owner of Ustad Ali Mohammed's property. Written by gavin (racktoo@hotmail.com)

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20 May 1988 (India)  »

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Mahesh Bhatt used Emraan Hashmi 's apartment to shoot several scene's. As a child Emraan would sit in the hallway and watch Mahesh direct several scenes in the living room. See more »


Ravi VarmaRita: Dil ki adalat pyar ka mukadama, dekho vakil babu ban gaye balma... In the High Court of the heart, in the Court proceedings of love, the lawyer has become a sweetheart...
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Decent remake of "On the Waterfront"
5 September 2009 | by (Opoczno, Poland) – See all my reviews

Kabzaa is a Bollywood movie from the 1980s, so don't expect subtlety, carefully elaborated characters, ambitious plots, interesting subplots, or highly consistent storytelling. But then, who said we can't enjoy a movie with a simple, straightforward story, cardboard heroes and a villain who is really BAD, if the actors manage to entertain? The movie begins with a young Sanjay Dutt (still known as "Sunjay" in those days) covered with blood, with four bullets in his chest and one in his head, trying to save himself. The rest of the movie lives up to the expectations raised by its catchy prelude.

Ravi (Sanjay Dutt) and Ranjit (Raj Babbar) are brothers. Ravi is a good-for-nothing without a job and without a purpose in life, Ranjit is a successful lawyer who works for the local don, Velji Bhai (Paresh Rawal). Velji Bhai wants to purchase a piece of land owned by Ustad Ali Mohammed (Alok Nath) at any cost, but the latter intends to use it for building a children's park instead, and thus refuses. When Ravi is sent out by Velji Bhai to persuade Ali Mohammed with violence, he is so impressed by the man's kindheartedness that he starts protecting him instead. Velji Bhai, of course, is furious...

The story is very similar to that of another movie, Ghulam, made ten years later by Mahesh Bhatt's nephew Vikram Bhatt. Both movies are based on (let's avoid the word "remake") Marlon Brando's all-time classic "On the Waterfront". Whatever one may think of Bollywood-style remakes, it means at least that we can't complain about a bad story. And indeed, unlike many other Bollywood movies from the same period, Kabzaa is a movie one can watch without ever getting bored: the tempo is decent, drama and action sequences follow each other quickly enough to keep one's thoughts from drifting away. Fortunately, Bhatt refrained from inserting obnoxious comedy elements, and the obligatory love stories are kept to a minimum. Still, it is the actors that make this movie worth watching. Sanjay Dutt, Raj Babbar, Paresh Rawal and Alok Nath all give fine performances. The two female roles, played by Amrita Singh and Dimple Kapadia, add little of value, but at least they don't spoil the movie, which is already an achievement in itself.

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