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Cast overview, first billed only:
Police Inspector Kumar Chandra Singh
Zeenat Aman ...
Parveen Babi ...
Mithun Chakraborty ...
Shankar Dada
Ramesh Deo ...
Police Inspector Mahesh
Jeevan ...
Satyendra Kapoor ...
Police Commissioner
Kanwaljit Singh ...
Raja Bhishm Bahadur Singh
Nadira ...
School principal
Narendra Nath ...
Bob Christo ...
Sampat's Man
Pinchoo Kapoor ...


Honest and dedicated Police Inspector Kumar Chandra Singh intercepts a bank robbery, and is in the process of arresting the bank robbers, when he himself becomes a suspect, and is apprehended with a suitcase containing some of the cash stolen from that bank. Kumar is stripped of his powers as a policeman; is arrested; tried in court; and sentenced to prison. As a result of his arrest, his mother dies of shock and disbelief. He is crippled in an accident, and must use the help of crutches to walk. When he is released from prison, he has only one goal in his life - to find the culprits responsible for his ruin, and humiliation. And for this he finds support in Kamini, Sonia, Sunita, and Shanker Dada, little knowing that one of these women was herself involved in getting his arrested. Written by rAjOo (

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Mithun Chakraborthy became a lead hero, known by his own name, only after Disco Dancer became a hit. Ashanti is all about Rajesh Khanna as the lead actor and his life intertwined with lives of three women. Ashanti is not a two hero film. Mithun plays the supporting role and not the leading man. See more »


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Sung by Lata Mangeshkar
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Charlie's Angelic Homage
11 November 2009 | by (The Masterplan) – See all my reviews

Within three seconds of the start of the movie, there is an explosion followed by an engaging car chase. That alone is enough for any fan of action to start enjoying this movie.

The script starts off very sharp, blending character building with progressive, thrilling, action sequences.

Big cast, but they are given time to be introduced into the story fittingly. And Rajesh Khanna is well placed in the starring role, shorn of his usual romantic overtones, he capably explores the role of a morally guided man on a mission.

Amrish Puri demonstrates why he is a Legend. He is not just a moustache-twirling, pantomime villain, there is depth to his character of a man corrupted by his ego.

Shabana Azmi is a real draw here because she brings a sensitive vulnerability to her character which is kind of wasted in an action movie like this.

Unfortunately, the movie starts to drag around halfway, with dumb plot vehicles and dumber acting. Maybe the production was hampered, but somehow it's as if the second half was the work of a different director than of the first half.

But then Amrish Puri comes back and salvages thing to an extent. Good thing that PETA didn't see this movie, Puri can be seen getting rather freaky with a snake in a very disturbing scene.

There's lot of good comedy set-ups, some intentional, thanks to Mithun and the divine Parveen Babi. And some unintentional, such as characters' names changing randomly (Kader becomes Ader, Shalini becomes Kamini), Rajesh Khanna's William Shatner-like delivery, the mother characters' aptitude for mortality, atrociously bad acting from the actor playing "Kader", male stunt doubles for women, bad foley effects such as a person imitating the barking of a dog, and most of all, Shabana Azmi looking embarrassingly cute when her character's meant to be taken seriously.

The ending is nonsensically convoluted, but ties things up... probably.

The first few songs are a bit of a nuisance, especially having to endure watching Zeenat Aman flipping around like a deranged, yodelling circus acrobat. But the later songs are enjoyable thanks to Babi, Mithun, more consistent music and the rest.

Overall, it's worth a watch for fans of the stars featuring here, especially the wonderful Shabana Azmi, but not much else to recommend it.

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