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International Khiladi (1999)

Unrated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 26 March 1999 (India)
Devraj, a gangster and Payal, a reporter fell in love. Amit, loves Payal and a lot of trouble follows in their lives.


Umesh Mehra


Umesh Mehra (screenplay), Ved Prakash Sharma (dialogue) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Akshay Kumar ... Rahul 'Devraj'
Twinkle Khanna ... Payal
Rajat Bedi ... Amit
Vivek Shauq ... Ravi
Gulshan Grover ... Thakral
Mukesh Khanna ... Bismillah (Devraj's guardian)
Johnny Lever ... Focus (Payal's Cameraman)
Asrani ... Payal's boss
Avtar Gill ... Defending Lawyer
Subbiraj ... S.P. Sharma
Ram Mohan ... Prosecuting Lawyer
Ajay Chadha Ajay Chadha ... (as Ajay Chedha)
Vivek Vaswani ... The Director
Shagufta Ali
Gajendra Chauhan ... Rahul's Father


Worldwide crime bosses elect Devraj as the new chairman of their organization. This news gets to the police so much that when Inspector, Amit's childhood friend, Ravi is found dead and his sister, Payal is kidnapped the suspension goes towards Devraj. Searches conducted by the police at Devraj's locations meet with considerable progress when they manages to rescue Payal albeit in a critical state as well as arrest Devraj in the process. Devraj is placed before the court of law where-by he is sentenced to death as Payal testify against him. It was also found out that Payal and Devraj was once in love with each other while she happen to get an interview from him during her employment as a television reporter. Situation twists when a hospital patient who happen to be the uncle of Devraj convinces him as well as the law that he had been framed for someone else crime thus Devraj is acquitted and must now begin a quest to find out who framed him and why. Written by gavin (racktoo@hotmail.com)

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A Guilty Pleasure
22 April 2003 | by dmul53See all my reviews

Akshay Kumar is my guilty pleasure. He's an atrociously bad actor, and he dances like...well, like a body-builder, but he's so pretty to look at, and he can seriously kick butt, which I do enjoy from time to time.

Twinkle Khanna isn't much better an actor than Kumar, and she's not as pretty as he is either, but she was good enough for a stinker of a film like this.

International Khiladi is one of those really good bad films: funny for all the wrong reasons. It uses every cheap trick known to Hindi cinema, throwing red herrings at you left and right, showing scenes that later turn out never to have happened. And it pulls no punches going for the cheap tear-jerk reaction, or the cheap laugh, or the cheap thrill.

The story, if I remember, revolves around an international crime lord who is accused of murdering an undercover policeman, and of raping the policeman's sister. The plot unfolds as the story is re-told from the different points of view of several of the characters, kind of like Kirusawa's Roshomon. The uneven mix of slapstick comedy and brutal violence is par for Hindi films, but unfortunately a lot of the humor is just lame. It does have one or two nice songs, set to some of Kumar's endearingly klutzy dancing.

But I have to say, it kept my attention, and I was never bored.

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26 March 1999 (India) See more »

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$47,238, 28 March 1999

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