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Raja Hindustani (1996)

India's biggest box office hit of 1996, Raja Hindustani is a musical drama about a poor cab driver who marries a rich woman and the struggles they face after marriage.

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Dharmesh Darshan

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Aamir Khan ... Raja Hindustani
Karisma Kapoor ... Aarti Sehgal
Suresh Oberoi ... Mr. Sehgal (Aarti's father)
Johnny Lever ... Balvant Singh
Navneet Nishan ... Kamal Singh / Kammo
Veeru Krishnan Veeru Krishnan ... Gulab Singh
Kunal Khemu ... Rajnikant (as Master Kunal Khemu)
Pramod Moutho ... Swaraj (Shalu's brother)
Mohnish Bahl ... Jai (as Mohnish Behl)
Tiku Talsania ... Chacha (Raja's uncle)
Farida Jalal ... Chachi (Raja's aunt)
Archana Puran Singh ... Shalini Sehgal / Shalu (Aarti's stepmother)
Kalpana Iyer Kalpana Iyer ... Guest appearance in the song "Pardesi Pardesi"
Pratibha Sinha Pratibha Sinha ... Guest appearance in the song "Pardesi Pardesi"
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shravan Sagar Shravan Sagar
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Storyline

Raja is a poor man who lives in India. He meets with a very rich girl, and both fall in love with each other. The girl's name is Aarti, who lives with her step-mother, who is very cruel, father and and step-cousin, who oppose her having any contact with Raja. But Aarti is stubborn, and gets married to Raja. After their marriage, her step-mother, father and step-cousin pretend to accept them, but actually are planning to bring an end to their relationship. Written by Sumitra (corrected by Carrie)

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Simply a Lovable Film!!!


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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

8 November 1996 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Raja the Indian See more »

Filming Locations:

Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The song "Kitna Pyara Tujhe " was sampled from the song "Kinha Sona" and "kinha Sona" is added later in the "Ok Jaanu" movie. See more »

Goofs

Navneet Nishan has short hair before marriage. After tying the knot, she acquires waist-length hair overnight. See more »

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Featured in Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost (2003) See more »

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A pretty good Bollywood entertainer, I don't understand the criticism
28 September 2015 | by wajeehkhan01See all my reviews

Raja Hindustani, released in 1996, was a huge blockbuster. It swept nearly all the awards at Filmfare that year and the actors and songs became a sensation.

But nowadays people look back and have begun to criticize the film, saying that it is cheesy, over the top, and stuff like that. Sure, it has some faults, like a typical clichéd Bollywood love story that is up and down, cheesy dialogues, and some quality mistakes. I admit, the story was kind of stupid. But honestly, it's a Bollywood film, so what do you expect. I mean many of Shah Rukh Khan's films have all these things as well, but you don't really see people criticizing those.

There were two reasons why I liked this film, and why it entertained me. First, the performances. Karisma Kapoor did pretty good, she danced well, and looked good overall throughout the film. Raja Hindustani also contains one of Aamir Khan's finest performances. One of his underrated ones actually, if you look at it today. He was earnest, likable, he was excellent emotionally, and overall really impressed me. He didn't really overact as SRK does.

Besides the performances there was also the music. Who can forget Raja Hindustani's songs? Nadeem-Shravan and singers Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan did great by singing songs such as Pardesi Padres and Aaye Ho Meri Zindagi Mein.

There was also some good comedy throughout the film.

Overall, I think Raja Hindustani is a pretty good entertainer, I don't understand why people don't like it anymore.


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