Sultan (Shakti Kapoor) adopted an orphan and named him Badshah (Akshay Kumar). Badshah grows up to be a criminal and his life was made difficult by Inspector Pradhan (Ashish Vidyarthi). ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Badshah / Bapu Lohar
Mohnish Bahl ...
Aditya Oberoi
Ashutosh Rana ...
Ashish Vidyarthi ...
Inspector Pradhan
Johnny Lever ...
Aditya Kapadia ...
Shakti Kapoor ...
Kader Khan ...
Singer on Square at Temple
Sapna's mama
Dinesh Hingoo
Rami Reddy
Viju Khote ...
Passer-by on Street who directs Bajrangi
Dolly Bindra


Sultan (Shakti Kapoor) adopted an orphan and named him Badshah (Akshay Kumar). Badshah grows up to be a criminal and his life was made difficult by Inspector Pradhan (Ashish Vidyarthi). Badshah's sidekick is Abdul (Ashutosh Rana). The only hope in Badshah's life is Sapna (Karisma Kapoor), whom he incidentally met. But circumstances lead Badshah to commit murder in public. During this experience, a child clangs to him and he took the child to Sapna. Before he could explain anything, Pradhan gets there and Badshah had to escape. He changed his name to Babu Lohar and becomes a blacksmith and loving father, to give the child a good future. However, after 7 years, he sees Abdul and Sultan again. Pradhan is still after him. When the child's parents find out about him, they ask Babu to return their child. Will he let the child go? Will the child go with his parents? Written by

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Great film
14 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Akshay Kumar ended the 1990s period on a good note but most of his late 90s films were bad flops at the box office. Post Sapoot(1996), all his films started flopping. Those days, he wasn't much of a good actor and critics had written him of because of his loud comic performances that didn't do justice to his action image. Akshay needed a comeback and finally after 4 years of struggle(1996-1999), Akshay got Jaanwar(1999). Sangharsh(1999) released before but it was only critically successful.

Jaanwar is another typical action movie that contains a lot of melodrama and a few clichés but the action and dialogs save it from being a complete bore. Because believe me, in parts the movie is actually unbearable. The film tells the story of a young boy who is raised by a powerful criminal after his mom's death. The boy ends up becoming a thief, he succeeds and lives the proper life of a thief until he ends up brutally murdering a criminal who tried to get him arrested. He then finds a small kid and this kid eventually reforms and changes this guy to a responsible and caring man. He lives for the kid and gives up his criminal life only to be haunted by his past. His criminal stepfather and sidekick are still alive and want him back in the life of crime at any cost.

The film is extremely typical because it contains all the common ingredients of a Masala film. However, there are certain highlights that save this flick from being an overdone and boring action flick. The situations are well formed but certain scenes lack detail, the editing is decent. The film makes sense and scenes aren't just randomly put together. The only complaint I have with the film is the typical scenes where the heroines have to cry and irritate, these scenes just drag the movie and fail to actually add much detail to the film. The girls don't have to cry so much, the audience already understands the situation and the problem but the girls keep on crying, this becomes irritating after a while. The film does entertain with the power packed dialogs and raw action. Both are successfully utilized and benefit the movie. Some action scenes may be a little violent but it's still not a big issue.

Direction by Suneel Darshan is fairly good for the most part. He handles many scenes well properly depicting the life of a thief. The scenes where Akshay changes because of the child are well shown and the scenes involving Akshay and the child are good. The scenes where the actual parents of the child want him back are good but drag the film. The climax is hard hitting with a brilliant action sequence. Although the scene where the dogs torture the child could be avoided. Overall, a job well done, he handles a typical movie decently.

Akshay Kumar lives the role of the thief Baadshah, as Babu Lohar he also does a good job emoting correctly and timing the expressions properly. This was his comeback and his set of hit films started with this one. Karishma Kapoor is good in parts, but her crying is irritating, she has improved as an actress though. Shilpa Shetty doesn't have much to do, she just cries. Ashish Vidyarthi as the nosy cop is good, it's good to see him do positive roles for once. Ashutosh Rana's act starts with potential but slowly, his overacting gets on your nerves. Shakti Kapoor doesn't have much to do and he doesn't appear frequently in the film, but he fits the role of the main villain. The child actor and the others provide decent support the film needs.

On the whole, Jaanwar is a good action film despite the typical ingredients and the cringe worthy crying. The film could've been better in parts but the film still doesn't disappoint despite some clichés.

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