Sarfarosh (1999)

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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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Rupaiyo ki lalach mai apne desh ko bechne chala hai, Haramzada. See more »


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30 April 1999 (India)  »

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The film had released during the time of Kargil war. See more »


When Ajay and his crew go to the eatery to get Bala Thakur, he got shot and a motorcycle runs over his leg. He grabs his thigh and screams in pain. However, in the next scene, we can see he has a cast on his lower leg. 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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23 February 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

this is a real gem of a's right there among the top 5 of my favorite Hindi movies. the movie hooks you right away and the plot never slackens throughout...coupled with realistic treatment, it makes the movie an instant favorite. also the subject is very different - the proxy war waged by Pakistan's ISI. refreshingly and reassuringly, there are no corrupt cops in the movie! Aamir Khan as ACP Rathore is superb. he brings alive a cop's passion and determination to cleanse the system of criminals. the action sequences are played out very realistically. Mukesh Rishi as ACP's right hand man is just brilliant! This actor usually plays only "black" characters - this surely added to the impact of his performance (for me, at least). There are some truly heart-warming scenes of Rathore with his family. Sonali Bendre as Rathore's love interest provided some (much-needed) light moments. And, finally, Naseeruddin Shah as ghazal singer-cum-terrorist played his part with understated villainy. i love such villains - they seem so real! the climax is truly innovative - it invariably brings a smile to your face. It's difficult to spot a flaw in the movie. and considering that it's the director's debut film, you have to doff your hat to him.

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