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Lalchand Dogra lives in a palatial house with his wife, Anjana, and three sons, Sunny, Raj, and Jay. Due to circumstances beyond their control, all get separated, with Lalchand himself ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aditya Pancholi ...
Raj / Raj Dogra
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Inspector Jay Singh / Jay Dogra
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Sunny / Sunny Dogra
Neelam ...
Shilpa
Pratibha Sinha ...
Kitty
Indrani Banerjee ...
Jyoti (as Indrani Benerjee)
Kader Khan ...
Lalchand Dogra (as Kadar Khan)
Shakti Kapoor ...
Lakhpat
Alok Nath ...
Commissioner Paramjeet Singh
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Mrs. Anjana Lalchand Dogra (as Aroona Iarani)
Mohan Joshi ...
Baba
Avtar Gill ...
Iqbal
Rana Jung Bahadur ...
(as Rana Jungbhadur)
Shiva Rindani ...
Chotey (Baba's son) (as Shiva)
Jack Gaud
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Lalchand Dogra lives in a palatial house with his wife, Anjana, and three sons, Sunny, Raj, and Jay. Due to circumstances beyond their control, all get separated, with Lalchand himself ending up serving time in prison for several years. Years later, Lalchand is released from jail and sets out to find his family and try to put the rest of his life together. What he does not know that Jay has been adopted by the Commissioner of Police, Paramjeet Singh, and is currently looking at ways to get Lalchand back in prison; Sunny has been hired as his bodyguard; and Raj has just received a contract to kill Lalchand at any cost. It looks like the Dogra family is headed for another separation - this time permanent. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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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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