Barood (1998)

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Honest and diligent Police Inspector Jai Sharma suspects Mr. Singhal of being a hardcore criminal don, but is unable to apprehend him due to pressure from his superior officer, Police ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Rakhee Gulzar ...
Gayetri Sharma
Jai Sharma
Raveena Tandon ...
Neha Singhal
Mohnish Bahl ...
Sanjay Gaur
Tara Bua
Velji Chheda
Mohan Joshi ...
Kalinath Gaur
Mr. Singhal
Johnny Lever ...
Ayesha Jhulka ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rana Jung Bahadur ...
Inspector Rana
Suresh Chatwal
Brij Gopal


Honest and diligent Police Inspector Jai Sharma suspects Mr. Singhal of being a hardcore criminal don, but is unable to apprehend him due to pressure from his superior officer, Police Commissioner Kalinath Gaur. Singhal's only daughter, Neha, is in love with Jai, and this news enrages Singhal as he wants her to marry Sanjay Gaur, the only son of the Commissioner, and he will not rest until he gets Jai killed, and will utilize every possible and available resource and influence to do this, which also includes exposing Gayetri's (Jai's mom) questionable past. Written by rAjOo (

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Worst of Akshay Kumar in the late 90s
15 March 2011 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

Akshay Kumar was failing badly in the late 90s because none of his movies were working at the box office. Starting from Lahoo Ke Do Rang(1997), he flopped all the way till Jaanwar(1999). In between, his only decent and critically acclaimed films were Angaarey(1998) and Sangharsh(1999) and sadly, these films flopped too. Barood(1998) released after Akshay's good but flop Angaarey(1998). The film was promoted as a mix of explosive action and good comedy with good songs. However, the only thing that worked in this film was the music.

Barood is the typical and done to death story of Akshay Kumar who is raised by his mother Rakhee. Akshay works as a dance performer initially but he becomes a cop later. Initially, Raveena Tandon and Akshay keep arguing but after boring songs and terribly handled romantic scenes, they fall in love. Raveena's dad is played by Amrish "Mogambo" Puri who seems to love screaming and shouting as the villain. Amrish Puri is the same guy who murdered Akshay's father when he was just a child. Akshay gets framed for something he didn't do, he gets tortured in prison. After Mohan Joshi's look alike saves him, he flees from prison and starts taking his revenge. In short, this film is a typical action film with zero substance.

Direction by Pramod Chakraborty is bad and it's hard to believe that this is the same guy who directed Akshay's Deedar(1992) which was much better than this. Pramod handles the romance and comedy terribly, and the action is just OK. However, the climax stunt is simply superb. However, Pramod is let down by the typical script which has the age old revenge formula. By the interval, the film becomes boring because there is barely any action in the first half and the comedy is bad. The second half picks up with more stunts but the boring dialogs are still there and the film loses steam once again.

Akshay Kumar's performance was completely panned by critics and this truly is one of his wooden performances. His expressions aren't that great and he wasn't good in comedy during those days. In fact, he did a lot better in Deedar(1992). Raveen Tandon is completely wasted and she overacts terribly in some scenes. Amrish Puri continues his Mogambo act and he is getting extremely typecast. Mohan Joshi is bad and he fails to do justice to his corrupt police act. Mohnish Behl is bad as the spolit son of Mohan Joshi, he repeats his spoilt son act from Taarazu(1997) which was another bad Akshay Kumar film. Rakhee repeats her Saugandh(1991) act but she dies and her role lacks the meat. The rest provide average support.

Music is the saving grace with most songs being good. The best one is Mere Saason Mein Garmi which is the title song. The set for that song is mind blowing and the choreography is awesome(it's also fresh).

On the whole, Barood is another Akshay Kumar movie which failed to work at the box office. The late 90s was a complete disappointment for Akshay Kumar fans like me, only some of his movies during this period was watchable.

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