Khuda Gawah

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Khuda Gawah
Khuda Gawah poster.jpg
Directed by Mukul S. Anand
Produced by Nazir Ahmed
Manoj Desai
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Sridevi
Danny Denzongpa
Akkineni Nagarjuna
Shilpa Shirodkar
Kiran Kumar
Music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Cinematography W. B. Rao
Edited by R. Rajendran
Distributed by Glamour Films
Release date(s) May 8, 1992
Running time 193 mins
Country India
Language Hindi

Khuda Gawah (translation: God is witness) is a 1992 Bollywood epic Romance drama film directed by Mukul S. Anand and starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sridevi (in a dual role), Akkineni Nagarjuna, Shilpa Shirodkar and Danny Denzongpa.

Khuda Gawah had lavish production values and was extensively shot in India, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bhutan. The film won much acclaim for all its actors and especially the lead pair Sridevi and Amitabh Bachchan. Both stars won Filmfare nominations for their work. The film won four Filmfare awards including Best Director and Best Action and went on to become the second-highest-grossing film of 1992.[1] It entered India's Limca Book of Records as the first Bollywood film to use surround sound technique. A Sequel to the movie is being planned by producer Manoj Desai.[2]

Plot[edit]

During a Buzkashi competition with a neighboring tribe in Afghanistan, Badshah Khan (Amitabh Bachchan) falls in love with Benazir (Sridevi) and wants to marry her. Benazir agrees to marry him on the condition that he must bring her the head of Habibulla who killed her father. Badshah Khan goes to India to search for Habibullah. He finds Habibullah in a prison and breaks him out to take him back. He has the jailer Ranveer Sethi (Vikram Gokhale) on his trail. In the end he chops off Habibulla's head. He told Ranveer that he would be back in one month to receive punishment (from the Law) for taking Habibulla. Badshah goes back to Afghanistan and marries Benazir; after the time limit he comes back to India and surrenders himself to Ranveer and is jailed for five years. While he is away he leaves his childhood friend Khuda Baksh (Danny Denzongpa) to take care of his wife.

To avenge Habibulla's death, his brother Pasha (Kiran Kumar) kidnaps the daughter of jailer Ranveer in return for Badshah. Badshah finds out about this and escapes from jail; he confronts Pasha, only to have Inspector Aziz Mirza (Bharat Kapoor) kill Ranveer. With Ranveer's daughter as a pawn in Pasha's hands, Badshah admits to killing Ranveer and is sentenced to 15 years. When Aziz's wife (who thinks of Badshah as her brother) visits him, she ends up killing her husband to protect Badshah, but Badshah takes the blame for that murder as well since he believes that her son Raja needs her.

At that time, Benazir sends Khuda Baksh to check on Badshah. Due to his very long stay in prison, Badshah makes Khuda Baksh promise to take care of his daughter Mehndi and tell his wife Benazir that he is now dead, so that she can move on rather than wait for him. Benazir goes mad when she hears the news that her husband is dead.

On coming out of prison, Badshah meets with his now grown daughter, Mehndi (also Sridevi), who has found out the truth finally and has come to India to look for her father; the daughter of Ranveer, Henna Sethi (Shilpa Shirodkar) who is also in the police force and knows all about Badshah's past and respects him as her uncle; and the son of Inspector Aziz Mirza, Inspector Raja Mirza (Nagarjuna), who has found out that it was Badshah who had killed his father and is out for vengeance. In a twist of fate, Raja is in love with Mehndi, even though he wants to kill her father.

In this are added old enemies and rivalries when Pasha, now a major drug lord, becomes involved. Benazir and Khuda Baksh are kidnapped by him. The truth is revealed to Raja about his father, and all of them join together to beat their mutual enemy.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film did good business with BBC reporting that "it ran to packed houses for 10 weeks in Kabul".[3] Khuda Gawah still remains popular in the Afghan country and Rediff reported that the film is "in great demand after the opening of cinema halls in the country".[4]

Awards[edit]

Khuda Gawah won several Filmfare Awards in the year of its release, namely:

Soundtrack[edit]

The music is composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Lyrics are penned by Anand Bakshi.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Tu Mujhe Kabool (Part 1)"   Kavita Krishnamurthy, Mohammed Aziz 08:05
2. "Tu Na Ja Mere Badshah"   Alka Yagnik, Mohammed Aziz 05:08
3. "Rab Ko Yaad Karoon"   Kavita Krishnamurthy, Mohammed Aziz, Chorus 09:02
4. "Mere Watan Mein Maine"   Alka Yagnik, Suresh Wadkar, Chorus 07:54
5. "Main Aisi Cheez Nahin"   Kavita Krishnamurthy, Mohammed Aziz, Chorus 08:41
6. "Deewana Mujhe Kar Gaya"   Alka Yagnik, Mohammed Aziz, Chorus 08:38
7. "Sar Zameene Hindustan"   Amitabh Bachchan 01:07
8. "Tu Mujhe Kabool (Part 2)"   Lata Mangeshkar, Kavita Krishnamurthy 08:05

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Awards
Preceded by
Saudagar
Filmfare Award for Best Director
1992
Succeeded by
Damini