Mohra

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Mohra
Mohra.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Rajiv Rai
Produced by Gulshan Rai
Written by Rajiv Rai
Shabbir Boxwala
Starring Akshay Kumar
Sunil Shetty
Naseeruddin Shah
Raveena Tandon
Paresh Rawal
Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Music by Viju Shah
Cinematography Damodar Naidu
Edited by Rajiv Rai
Distributed by Trimurti Films Pvt. Ltd.
Release dates 1 July 1994
Running time 177 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Mohra (English: Pawn) is a 1994 Indian action thriller film directed by Rajiv Rai starring Naseeruddin Shah, Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Raveena Tandon in the lead roles while Paresh Rawal, Gulshan Grover, Raza Murad and Sadashiv Amrapurkar and Kulbhushan Kharbanda played supporting roles. The film was released on 1 July 1994. The film went on to become the second highest grossing Indian film of 1994 and earned a Blockbuster status.[1][2] The film got 9 Filmfare nominations in 1995. It was the first time where the trio of Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal worked together.

The film is an unofficial remake of Death Wish 4: The Crackdown. The film is especially remembered for its music which became chartbusters in that year. The popularity of the song "Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast", which was picturised on Raveena Tandon led to her being nicknamed "The mast mast girl".[3]

Plot[edit]

Vishal Agnihotri (Sunil Shetty), a convict, is imprisoned for the murder of a group of four criminals who had brutally raped and killed his sister-in-law. Vishal tries to get justice in court but is unsuccessful and the men are let out free with the help of a corrupt lawyer. They then visit Vishal's home for trying to file a case on them, and try to rape Vishal's wife Priya (Poonam Jhawer), but she kills herself with a knife. Angered at all this Vishal decides to take the matter into his own hands and murders the four criminals himself. He is sentenced to life in prison for the crimes.

Journalist Roma Singh (Raveena Tandon) visits the jail for a report she's writing, where a few of the convicts grab hold of her and try to rape her. This incident reminds Vishal his misfortune. Vishal intervenes and saves Roma. Roma hears Vishal's story and decides to help free him. Her voice is heard out by a blind businessman - Mr Jindal (Naseeruddin Shah)who tries to recruit Vishal as a hitman. He wants Vishal to kill some anti-social elements in the city, mainly the two powerful drug lords Jibran (Raza Murad) and Tyson (Gulshan Grover) and all the people who work for them. He tells Vishal, that these people are responsible for creating people like the group of four men he killed in the first place, by bringing drugs to the streets and corrupting the locals. Vishal refuses at first as he has just got out of prison, and now wants to live a normal life. However, the memories of his murdered family comes back to haunt him as he spends a day alone in his home, and he agrees to work for Jindal the next day.

Police Inspector Amar Saxena (Akshay Kumar) is unhappy about the release of Vishal who he believes deserves to be in prison because of the murders he committed. Things complicate even more when Amar finds Vishal around almost every murder scene of criminals involved drug-trading, who Amar is trying to catch alive. Vishal goes on a murder spree, until he realizes that even the Commissioner (Sadashiv Amrapurkar) thinks that the unknown murderer is doing more help to the society than police could ever do. Vishal refuses to kill the Commissioner, but Jindal becomes angry. Vishal attacks Jindal with a paper-weight, but Jindal dodges it. Vishal then realizes that Jindal is not blind.

Jindal tells Vishal that Jibran and Tyson were his rivals. He also tells that he murdered his wife Pooja (Priya Tendulkar) & Inspector Karan Saxena (who happens to be Amar's father), to cover up the truth. He pretended to be blind to throw the police off his trail. Jindal, who has now partnered with Jibran, leaves Vishal to die. Vishal succeeds in saving himself, only to be confronted by Amar. Vishal subdues Amar & tells him the truth. Meanwhile, Jindal has kidnapped Roma in order to forcefully marry her. Amar & Vishal find out Jindal's den & corner him.

After a melee, Jibran is killed. Jindal tries to kill Amar, but Vishal takes the bullet on himself. Vishal dies in Amar's lap, upon which Amar kills Jindal and avenges the death of Vishal & his father.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

The music of Mohra was one of the most successful soundtrack albums of the year, especially the song "Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast". Initially Viju Shah wanted Sapna Mukherjee to render "Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast" but, on Rajiv Rai's insistence, opted for Kavita Krishnamurthy instead. The track is based on the popular qawwali "Dam Mast Qalandar" by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.[4] The album went to become second most sold of the year.[5]

Track list
# Title Singer(s)
1 "Tip Tip Barsa Paani" Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan
2 "Aye Kaash Kaheen Aisa Hota" Kumar Sanu
3 "Main Cheez Badi Hoon Mast" Kavita Krishnamurthy
4 "Na Kajre Ki Dhar" Pankaj Udhas, Sadhana Sargam
5 "Na Kajre Ki Dhar (Part 1)" Pankaj Udhas
6 "Na Kajre Ki Dhar (Part 2)" Sadhana Sargam
7 "Subah Se Lekar" Sadhana Sargam, Udit Narayan
8 "Dil Har Koi" Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu
9 "Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast" Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy

References[edit]

  1. ^ Verma, Sukanya (9 March 2009). "Raveena Tandon, Mohra". Rediff.com. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  2. ^ "Box Office 1994". Boxofficindia. 
  3. ^ "Raveena: The mast mast girl!". Sify. Retrieved 07-04-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ Amit Baruah, R. Padmanabhan. "The stilled voice". The Hindu, Frontline. Retrieved September 6, 1997. 
  5. ^ "Mohra second most sold music album of 1994". Retrieved September 25, 2012. 

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