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Emperor (1988)

Shahenshah (original title)
Vijay who is a corrupt officer by day, turns a vigilante by night in order to make the city crime free.

Director:

Tinnu Anand

Writers:

Inder Raj Anand, Jaya Bachchan (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Vijay Kumar Srivastava / Shahenshah
Meenakshi Sheshadri ... Shalu
Rohini Hattangadi ... Shanti (Vijay's mother)
Supriya Pathak ... Shahida
Vijayendra Ghatge ... Mohammed Salim (Guest Appearance)
Sudhir ... J.K's man
Jagdeep ... Tarachand Badlani
Avtar Gill ... Corrupt Police Officer (as Avtaar Gill)
Bandini Mishra
Dan Dhanoa
Sharat Saxena ... Abdul
Yunus Parvez ... Man shot dead at Salim's funeral (as Yunus Pervaiz)
Goga Kapoor ... J.K's lawyer
Sameer Khakhar
Suresh Bhagwat ... Shalu's friend
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Storyline

An underworld criminal name JK is involved in terrorism as well as criminal activities, he also intervene in government affairs and is a crook in the book. When an honest police inspector Srivastav attempts to expose JK he is framed and evidences are tampered with so he is unable to prove his innocence, an as a result he commit suicide by hanging himself leaving his wife and son behind. Years later his son grows up an become a police inspector like his dad; inspector Vijay Kumar Srivastav; but is very much different from his dad by turning a blind eye to criminal activities, never serious with his job and accept huge sums of money to let off petty crooks. The talk of the town is a man in black clothing who calls himself "Shahenshah"; he operates as a Judge in the night, giving a verdict against his victims and killing them in a Executioner style. It looks like this man will get his hands on JK before the police does and might as well ruin the image of corrupt police inspector like ... Written by raj (krazymonster@ymail.com)

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The costume of Amitabh Bachchan was really quite heavy. It is said that the weight of the costume was 28 kg. See more »

Goofs

In the song Hey You, Vijay Srivastav pours his glass of alcohol in one of the musician's pocket. Then afterwards he was offered another glass and pours the same to that person's same pocket, which was shown dry even after a glass was already poured before. See more »

Quotes

Shalu: For us poor people, these shanties are like the Taj Mahal. Inside them lives our very weak, very helpless, but very precious modesty. It can die of hunger but won't sell itself like your integrity.
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Connections

Referenced in The Kapil Sharma Show: Abbas Mustan in Kapil's Show (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

O Behna
Music by Amar Biswas & Utpal Biswas
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
Performed by Mohammed Aziz
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16 March 2003 | by simon_boothSee all my reviews

Sundays is quite often Amitabh Bachchan day for me these days. It's the only time in the week I can find 3 hours to sit down and watch a Bollywood movie, and my Indian star of choice is definitely Amitabh.

A righteous police officer is framed by the villains he is investigating, and in shame he hangs himself. His son grows up to be a policeman too, but rather unexpectedly he turns out to be something of a coward and a simpleton who takes bribes. At least - that's what he wants you to believe! For by night he adopts a different persona - the one man crime fighting machine, SHAHENSHAH! Endowed with unstoppable power (for reasons never explored) and quite the worst outfit in movie history, Shahenshah is judge, jury and executioner for the criminals the law can't touch.

Amitabh Bachchan gets to play something of a dual role again, reprising the betel-chewing simpleton character and the tough hero characters he's played plenty of times before. It's a good chance to show his range as an actor, but by 1987 there is no question that he was past his prime (and optimum weight) for the angry young man sort of role that made him popular (yet of course still not matured enough for the cool sophisticat Bachchan of today). SHAHENSHAH doesn't ask much of the veteran actor, and certainly can't be considered one of his best roles.

The plot for the movie is rather full of holes, but basically addresses a theme that I find to be exceedingly common in Indian cinema - the failure of the police and politicians to protect the citizens of the country. If Bollywood cinema is to be believed, corruption must be a significant problem, and there is a clear wish for a 'strong hero' that will fight on the side of the poor and the innocent. Preferably quite violently

SHAHENSHAH has a fairly stock villain character, played by Amrish Puri in what may be his 1,000,000th villain role - a role he could do in his sleep with his face. He gets up to the usual sorts of crimes - drugs, murder, bribery and trying to force poor people off their land. Oh, and he is the man responsible for dad's death, naturally. There's also a love interest, played both sassily and sexily by Meenakshi Sheshadri, who thankfully gets a lot more to do than just dance and look pretty in a good role. Mix in patriotic mothers, virginal sisters and noble reporters and you get an idea of what to expect.

There's not a lot of depth or subtlety to the plot, and I'm not sure quite how it gets stretched out to fill 185 minutes. There's quite a few lengthy songs of course, and quite a few action scenes of the "Amitabh waves a fist and 5 guys somersault away in slow motion" type, but few fresh or exceedingly interesting ideas.

The movie definitely looks stuck in the 80's, and unfortunately by the latter half of that decade Amitabh Bachchan's star was definitely fading. SHAHENSHAH is a far cry from such great movies as DON and SHOLAY. It manages to be moderately entertaining, as any movie containing such a basic mix of ingredients will be, but I can't imagine it getting a second watch any time.


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12 February 1988 (India) See more »

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