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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.

Director:

Dharmesh Darshan

Writers:

Robin Bhatt (screenplay), Dharmesh Darshan (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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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:

15 November 1996 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Raja the Indian See more »

Filming Locations:

Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The song "Pardesi Pardesi " was sampled by Russian singer Azis Ustata for the song "Tochno Sega". This song was later used in the Hollywood film The Expendables 2. 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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Referenced in Bade Dilwala (1999) See more »

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Best film??? Biggest blockbuster?
15 February 2008 | by Peter_YoungSee all my reviews

This must be a joke... Just to make it clear, this is definitely a nice film, and has some very nice songs. But it is just one of those ordinary B-grade films with good-looking actors and great costumes, which lack real story lines. So how exactly did this film win the Best Film Award? Shocking, and simultaneously laughable!

Aamir and Karisma did pretty well and Karisma's flashy outfits added some value, but these two did not deserve the Best Actor/Actress awards for this film by any means whatsoever, especially considering the brilliant Nana Patekar and Manisha Koirala, who gave sterling performances in that same year's gem Khamoshi: The Musical, which was the most deserving film to win the Best Film award. This was possibly the most pathetic year in the history of Filmfare and any Bollywood award. It's so sad.

The film disappoints big time. It's boring at times, too melodramatic at others. And it's not that I expected to see a masterpiece from Dharmesh Darshan, but you would expect to see a representative of Bollywood's best commercial flicks. It's not even close, and the biggest proof to that is that today nobody really remembers Raja Hindustani as such. We remember Dilwale, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, but this film sucks in comparison.

Watch it if you want to have some nice time, but don't expect to see an unforgettable, amazingly special film, or even a particularly good film, because your expectations will be disproved.


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