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After his brother is killed and father severly injured by terrorists, a young med student quits his studies to join the Indian Police Service to wipe out the terrorists.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ghazal singer "Gulfam Hassan"
Sonali Bendre ...
Mukesh Rishi ...
INSP. Salim
Akash Khurana ...
Ajay's Father
Smita Jaykar ...
Ajay's Mother
Sukanya Kulkarni ...
Ahmed Khan ...
Pradeep Singh Rawat ...
Makrand Deshpande ...
Shri Vallabh Vyas ...
Major Baig (as Shrivallabh Vyas)
Rajesh Joshi ...
Ali Khan ...
Upasna Singh ...
Mala (as Upasana Singh)
Salim Shah ...
INSP. Yadav


Ajay Rathod is a no-nonsense police officer from Mumbai Crime Branch. Long time ago his elder brother was killed by terrorists which caused him to quit his medical studies and join Indian Police Service. He is a great admirer of Pakistan-based ghazal singer Gulfam Hassan. During one of Hassan's concerts, they meet for the first time and become great friends. Meanwhile, Ajay's investigation into the Pakistan-supported cross-border terrorism takes him to Rajasthan and reveals an unsettling truth about someone close to his heart. Written by Soumitra

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30 April 1999 (India)  »

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This was the first time Aamir Khan played the role of a Police Officer. Previously he played the role of a commando in the film Baazi. His second movie as a cop was Talaash See more »


The scene where Pakistan general id talking to his agents, the map on the wall is Indian map with Kashmir as its part. It would not had been same assuming Pakistan shows POK as a separate state. See more »


Ajay Singh Rathod: Kya Thakur tu aata nahi hai?
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Referenced in Hadh Kar Di Aapne (2000) See more »

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Best Directorial Debut
12 June 1999 | by (Bombay, India) – See all my reviews

John Matthan directs a fantastic film in his directorial debut. With so many characters popping in one after the other it would have been very difficult to maintain the flow of the film which John Matthan has done very successfuly. Aamir Khan as usual has given an excellent performance as A.C.P Rathore who is set to end the flow of Arms and ammunition from Pakistan to India. Aamir, the dedicated actor that he is, had studied all about the police force, the IPS people, talked with many police officers and stayed with some of them to study the role of ACP rathore.Nasserudin Shah has only 6 to 7 scenes but he dominates the movie. He has the role which was similarly played by Jack Nicholson in 'A Few Good Men'. Sonali Bendre is wasted in what turns out to be a fine performance by her. The surprise factor of the film is the acting of Mukesh Rishi which has got lots of critical acclaim from the critics and the general audience. Do not be surprised if he wins all the awards for "The Best Supporting Actor". Although the film is very predictible,the climax is the best part of the scene. This is the one of the best climax ever used in an hindi movie. Its hard to believe that this is John's directorial/writing debut.

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