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Lalchand Dogra lives a wealthy life-style in his bungalow with his pregnant wife, Anjana and two sons, Raj and Jay. Due to Lalchand's criminal background Anjana is forced to leave his house... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aditya Pancholi ...
Raj / Raj Dogra
Inspector Jay Singh / Jay Dogra
Sunny / Sunny Dogra
Neelam ...
Pratibha Sinha ...
Indrani Banerjee ...
Jyoti (as Indrani Benerjee)
Kader Khan ...
Lalchand Dogra (as Kadar Khan)
Shakti Kapoor ...
Alok Nath ...
Commissioner Paramjeet Singh
Mrs. Anjana Lalchand Dogra (as Aroona Iarani)
Mohan Joshi ...
Avtar Gill ...
Rana Jung Bahadur ...
(as Rana Jungbhadur)
Shiva Rindani ...
Chotey (Baba's son) (as Shiva)
Jack Gaud


Lalchand Dogra lives a wealthy life-style in his bungalow with his pregnant wife, Anjana and two sons, Raj and Jay. Due to Lalchand's criminal background Anjana is forced to leave his house after which Lalchand is arrested; in the process Lalchand's bungalow catch afire thus he loses track of his children and to worsen matters he is sentenced to several years in prison. Meanwhile Anjana give birth to a son who she name Sunny while Jay is adopted and raised by Police Commissioner, Paramjeet Singh and years later is a police inspector; unfortunately Raj is taken in by Lalchand's rival, Baba and is a career criminal. After completing his sentence Lalchand attempt to put his life together but gets to meet his sons as strangers: Jay who has been assigned to re- arrest him, Raj who has accepted a contract on Baba's request to kill him while Sunny is his bodyguard. Written by gavin (

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one of Shetty's not too good movies
8 December 2012 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

Sunil Shetty was one of the most unfortunate actors in the 90s. Despite getting hits and superhits in the first portion of his career, things didn't work out quite well. Starting from the 1994 flop Hum Hain Bemisaal, Sunil Shetty gave flops and only flops until the semi hit Rakshak followed by superhit Krishna and the average grosser Sapoot. 1996 was mainly known as his comeback as these hit films I've listed proved to revive Shetty. Sadly, even 1996 wasn't a completely decent year for Sunil Shetty. Films like Shastra flopped and this film Ek Tha Raja was a complete disaster.

Ek Tha Raja was Shetty's first release in 1996, the film didn't help Shetty's career much and Saif Ali Khan called it one of his worst films ever in the UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH PREITY ZINTA show. The film is about the Dogra family which consists of Lalchand Dogra, Parvati Dogra, and 3 sons Jay, Sunny, and Raj. Due to certain barriers and problems, the family separates. Now after many years, Lalchand is released from prison and he wants to bring this family back togehter. The main problem is that none of his sons remember him and all of them are against him as well as each other.

The movie is nothing but a typical cringeworthy Bollywood movie. The movie and the handling of the film is equally bad, the way the story movies, the pace is irritating. Some of the scenes are horribly edited, poor editing is one of the major minus points of the movie. Even for a 90s movie, it should have scenes that make sense, just because your movie is from a period where Indian cinema wasn't developed doesn't mean you make craps. In the 90s, many bad movies released but this makes those bad movies look good. This and Bombay Ka Babu are equally bad, both of them did nothing but injustice to Saif's career.

Performances are nothing to shout about, none of the performances are even worth 20 seconds of clapping. You could clap for 5 seconds for Shetty's typical cop act as he does an alright job. However, his shouting and anger expressions are irritating. Man he was a bad performer in some of his movies. Saif Ali Khan doesn't do anything great, he gives a been there done that feel and does his same bland girly comedy and cheesy dancing just like he did in the average but better film Tu Chor Main Sipahi with Akshay Kumar. Aditya Pancholi is a damn good actor but this film did nothing but bring his career down. The film has him walking around, speaking typical one liners which get extremely annoying after 2-3 scenes. Kader Khan is getting extremely typecast. The other villains have nothing good to do except ham even in the scenes when they get beaten up by the heros. Neelam, and some of the other heroines have nothing but same old age crap romantic dialogs to deliver. None of them do good even in the scenes that are meant to be funny.

Direction by Dayal Nihaalini is a total disappointment. For being the brother of veteran filmmaker Govind Nihaalini, he totally brings a bad name to the family. He never quite gave good films, with the exception of some of his earlier films, this film and Insaaf: the Final Justice with Akshay Kumar are nothing but horrible craps. Both of these films met with nothing but disaster status at the box office.

On the whole, Ek Tha Raja is one of those nonsensical craps that not only did bad business at the box office, but is remembered for being one of the worst craps for even the biggest action star Sunil Shetty.

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