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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arjun Malvankar
Geeta Sahani
Raj Kiran ...
Insp. Ravi Rane
Shivkumar Chowgule
Satyajeet ...
Mohan (as Satyajeet Puri)
Supriya Pathak ...
Sudha Malvankar
A.K. Hangal ...
Mr. Malvankar
Shashikala ...
Mrs. Rukhmini Malvankar
Prem Chopra ...
Din Dayal Trivedi
Shafi Inamdar ...
Anand Patkar
Paresh Rawal ...
Annup Lal
Babu Ram (as Anu Kapoor)
Sunder ...
Raja Bundela ...
Leena Das


After completing his education; all Arjun Malvankar attempts in finding a job prove fertile he also have a stressful family life to deal with. The corruptions and injustice taking place in his community frustrates him to the extent of revolting with the help of some of his friends. This path of his gets him into serious problems with the law and some outrageous gangsters. He is then taken in by a politician named Shivkumar Chowgule; who not only take pity on him but offers him a job and encouragement. Situations take a different turn one morning engulfing Arjun's life into a world of lies, deceit, crime and politics. Written by gavin (

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Modern Arjun taking on the modern Kauravas
20 October 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

This action-thriller had proved itself to be the trend-setter in the decade of the eighties. Many politics based action movies came thereafter on the lines of this movie and this movie can, quite justifiably, be called the predecessor to the blockbuster movie of Rajeev Rai - Mohra (1994). It provides some glimpses of Rajkumar Santoshi's much later movie - Ghaatak (1996) too.

Like the Arjun in Mahabharat, here also there is an Arjun who is inspired by someone to take on the evil forces the same way Krishna had inspired the mythological Arjun. However here the person appearing like Krishna is actually someone of the category of Shakuni in the disguise of Krishna. He is, in fact, himself a part of the Kauravas and only exploiting the might and the talent of Arjun to cater to his own interests by misguiding him under the name of working for some ideals.

Arjun (Sunny Deol) is an educated but unemployed youth who is the son of an aged ordinary accountant Mavalankar (A.K. Hangal) working in a private company. The other people in the house are his step-mother (Shashikala) and his step-sister, Sudha (Supriya Pathak). Arjun has to listen to the taunts of his step-mother and tolerate her ill-treatment. Coincidentally, one day, he bumps upon the men of a local hoodlum, Ranga (Goga Kapoor) who is, in turn, the man of local gangster, Anoop Lal (Paresh Rawal) who, in turn, the confidante of local MLA, Deen Dayal Trivedi (Prem Chopra). After a fight with Ranga at his den, Arjun gets arrested, only to find on release on bail that he has no place in his home despite sympathy of his sister Sudha. The politician, Shiv Kumar Chowgule (Anupam Kher) who has given his bail only supports him thereafter too. He arouses the patriotic sentiments of Arjun and uses him against Deen Dayal Trivedi who is his competitor in the same political party. Arjun works for him thinking that he is doing some noble cause. His friend, Mohan (Satyajeet) gets killed in a retaliating attack by Anoop Lal. But he, with the moral support of honest police inspector, Ravi (Raj Kiran) who has married Sudha with his help and his sweetheart, Geeta (Dimple Kapadia); keeps on working against Trivedi with zeal and a clean heart.

The day, Arjun hands a file containing evidences against Trivedi over to Chowgule, Chowgule's approach towards him is changed and he throws him out of his life withdrawing all his support to him. Reason ? Viewers already know but Arjun does not know that Chowgule himself is no better than Trivedi. Both were two sides of the same coin of political corruption. Chowgule blackmails Trivedi on the basis of that file and takes care of his vested interests. Now Arjun comes to know of the real character of Chowgule and the fact that he has been used by him like a pawn on the chessboard of selfish politics. His another friend, Chander (Raja Bundela) also becomes a pawn in political hands and commits a murder to arrange money for his needy family. Finally Arjun exposes and punishes Chowgule in the climax.

Jaaved Akhtar has written this film after getting separated from Saleem and given it the shape of a regular masaala movie of Bollywood. The subject of use of unemployed youths by selfish politicians was handled very well in Gulzaar's classic movie - Mere Apne (1971). Arjun is a regular masaala flick and cannot be compared to that classic film. However in this movie, the unemployed youth is shown as a man of character and principles and that's why the selfish politician is shown as exploiting his noble thoughts to suit his interests. That's a new angle. Besides, exploiting the personal feelings of the youth who is starving for parental love through emotional blackmail, has also been shown with finesse. How such innocent youths are discarded like something useless by such politicians after the have done their bit for them, has also been shown emphatically.

But the thing is, the presentation of the story is less realistic, more filmy. The characters of corrupt politicians and their criminal counterparts are over the top and appear like caricatures. That's why the reality of Chowgule may come as a surprise for the hero in the final part of the movie but it's not at all a surprise for the audience because due to to faulty portrayal of characters (devoid of naturalness), everything is clear before it since the beginning itself. Jaaved Akhtar has used his experience of writing masaala flicks by inserting all the regular formulae of Bollywood movies in the script. Using that script, Rahul Rawail has made an entertaining movie for the regular Bollywood movie buffs.

But, this movie was a path-breaking one in its time because for the first time, the idealist hero was shown as being used as a pawn by someone.

Arjun established Sunny Deol as an action hero. Sunny has always proved that he is a good actor and a perfect choice for action-emotional roles. He has carried this movie on his lone shoulders because all other characters are auxiliaries only. However Dimple Kapadia, Supriya Pathak, Raj Kiran, A.K. Hangal, Shashikala, Satyajeet, Raja Bundela, Shafi Inaamdaar, Annu Kapoor etc. have done well in their small roles. I found all the baddies as over the top.

R.D. Burman's music with Jaaved Akhtar's lyrics is good. Two songs stand out - Mamaiya Kedo Kedo Kedo Mama (by Shailendra Singh and chorus) and Bhoori Bhoori Aankhon Waala Ek Ladka Hai (by Lata).

Technically also, the movie is satisfactory. Cinematography, editing, art direction, everything is in order.

I recommend it to the fans of Sunny Deol as well as the audience liking action-thrillers.

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