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King (1999)

Baadshah (original title)
A small time detective is mistaken as a CBI agent and gets embroiled in a deadly mission to save the Chief Minister from an assassination attempt.

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Shyam Goel (screenplay), Neeraj Vora
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shah Rukh Khan ... Raj 'Baadshah'
Twinkle Khanna ... Seema Malhotra
Amrish Puri ... Suraj Singh Thaper
Johnny Lever ... Ram Lal
Prem Chopra ... CBI Chief
Shashikala ... Baadshah's Mother
Deepak Tijori ... CBI Agent Deepak Malhotra
Sharat Saxena ... Moti
Rakhee Gulzar ... Chief Minister Gayetri Bachchan
Sachin Khedekar ... Tyagraj Bachchan
Pankaj Dheer ... Chief Security Officer Khanna
Deepshika ... Rani
Saurabh Shukla ... Saxena
Avtar Gill ... K. Jhunjhunwala
Razak Khan ... Manikchand (as Razzak Khan)
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Storyline

In order to settle personal scores with the Chief Minister Gayetri Bachchan; a wealthy business-man, Suraj Singh Thaper hires a contract killer to assassinate her; unfortunately before reaching the venue to kill the C.M. the killer meets with a vehicle accident which kill him instantly altering the CBI who decided to send one of their officer Deepak Malhotra whose code name is Baadshah on a mission called "Maa" so that he can conduct a through investigation. Unfortunately Thaper gets wind of this and also has Deepak killed in the process; replacing Baadshah is one of Thapar's henchman. But another man named Raj who is also called Baadshah gets mistaken for the one sent on the mission both by Thapar and the CBI. Calamity destructs Raj when Thapar abducts some of his friends and are holding them as hostages until he carry out the assassination of the C.M. Written by gavin (racktoo@hotmail.com)

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World's most favorite detective


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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

27 August 1999 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

King See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Venus Records & Tapes See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

During the filming of "Hum to Deewane Huye," while Twinkle Khanna was dancing in the rain in a sari, she tripped and fell down and was drenched in mud. See more »

Goofs

Srk enters the casino with an unshaven look, but while escaping he reaches with a clean shaved look. See more »

Quotes

Raj: The amalgamation before the fluctuation and ramification of the constitutional ambiguity and the judicial paradoxical position can be a verbal turmoil.
Casino manager: He's right!
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Connections

References Nick of Time (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Hum To Deewane Huye
Written by Sameer Anjaan
Composed by Anu Malik
Performed by Abhijeet and Alka Yagnik
Courtesy of Venus Records and Tapes Ltd.
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Just gotta love it
23 April 2003 | by dmul53See all my reviews

Only a complete curmudgeon could dislike this film. It's a brilliant slapstick parody of the spy/private eye genres with the Baadshah of Bollywood himself, Shahrukh Khan, hamming it up gloriously as a slightly dim-witted private detective who is innocently drawn into a conspiracy to assassinate the prime minister of India. The hilariously complex plot of mistaken identities and spy/counter spy is so twisted it took me several viewings to actually make it all out. (The fact that I was having to read subtitles didn't help) Surprisingly, the story holds together much better than it seemed to at first.

Bollywood is notorious for stealing from Hollywood, and Baadshah is no exception. (For all you other non-Hindi speakers, "Baadshah" means King, like the one in a deck of cards) The opening dance number, Main Te Hoon Pagal, is clearly inspired by the "Cuban Pete" song from "The Mask", and later on whole scenes are copied nearly frame for frame from a couple of Jackie Chan movies: Mr. Nice Guy and Rush Hour. The results are just great good fun.

The high point has to be the campy, outrageous "Baadshah, O Baadshah" nightclub number with Khan strutting his stuff amid a huge chorus of dancers in a whirl of silver lame and pyrotechnics. For a guy who claims to be a very bad dancer, he has an easy grace and agility that makes him a joy to watch.

Khan's performance in Baadshah is perfect. The comedy is fantastic, and there isn't a dull moment. The supporting cast, including Twinkle Khanna, Johnny Lever (if you can stand him), and the ever-essential villain, Amrish Puri, are wonderful. Like most Hindi films, there's a mish-mash of everything you can imagine: drama, slapstick comedy, teary-eyed pathos (gotta see the Khan cry at least once in every film), romance (gotta see the hero dance around trees at least once in every film) high-tech James Bond gadgets, hilariously bad special effects; Baadshah has it all!


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