Baadshah (1999 film)

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Not to be confused with Baashha.
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Abbas-Mustan
Produced by Bhawar Jain
Girish Jain
Screenplay by Shyam Goel
Story by Neeraj Vora
Shyam Goel
Starring Shahrukh Khan
Twinkle Khanna
Johnny Lever
Amrish Puri
Music by Songs:
Anu Malik
Background Score:
Surinder Sodhi
Cinematography Thomas Xavier
Edited by Hussain Burmawala
Release dates
27 August 1999
Running time
176 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 11 crore (US$1.7 million)[1]
Box office 31.60 crore (US$4.8 million)[2]

Baadshah (translation: King) is a 1999 Bollywood Thriller Comedy and action film directed by Abbas-Mustan. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan opposite Twinkle Khanna in lead roles. It released on 27 August 1999. It was a success. Shahrukh Khan earned a Filmfare Award nomination for Best Performance in a Comic Role. It is inspired from films such as Nick of Time, Rush Hour, If Looks Could Kill, Mr Nice Guy, The Mask. Shahrukh Khan is also known as Baadshah of Bollywood, a name derived from this film.


Baadshah (Shahrukh Rukh Khan) is a young man still living with his mother who wishes to follow in his late father's footsteps by working as a detective. He runs Baadshah Detective Agency out of a Mumbai office full of cheesy detective gadgetry. In his employ are his loyal and helpful friends, and his chief assistant Ram Lal (Johnny Lever). Though Baadshah tries hard to pass his agency off as highly sophisticated and constantly busy, he actually receives little business, and is desperate for a big break.

Suraj Singh Thapar (Amrish Puri) is a business tycoon whose bio-chemical plant is due to be shut down following a preventable industrial accident. It will be shut down by the popular Chief Minister of Goa, Gayatri Bachchan (Rakhee Gulzar). As a result, he resolves to have her killed. For the job, he has Rani (Deepshikha), his young henchwoman, hire Shiva, Mumbai's notorious contract-killer. Meanwhile, a man by the name of K. Jhunjhunwala (Avtar Gill) comes to Baadshah with a strange case. He claims he is dying of a brain tumor and wants to see his daughter married to the suitable bachelor accompanying him, Nitin, before he dies. The young woman, Seema (Twinkle Khanna), refuses to marry Nitin, hence the need for Baadshah's help. Baadshah comes up with an elaborate plan for the jon: he woos Seema with lies and has her fall in love with him, only to dump her later. Nitin comforts her, and Baadshah collects his payment. However, his feelings for her prove to be genuine.

Unbeknownst to Baadshah, Jhunjhunwala and Nitin are actually a father-son team wanted by the Central Bureau of Investigation. The marriage of Nitin to Seema, who is actually the sister of CBI Secret Agent Deepak Malhotra (Deepak Tijori) is meant to stop investigation into their bank fraud case. The plan fails when Agent Malhotra arrests the Jhunjhunwalas before the marriage can take place. It is revealed by the CBI that Shiva's attempt on Gayatri Bachchan's life failed as a result of his death in a car accident. Fearing a second attempt, CBI headquarters tasks Agent Malhotra with providing further protection for the minister in Goa. Malhotra is assigned the codename "Baadshah" for the mission. Rani and her boyfriend, Moti (Sharat Saxena) travel to the airport, where the latter will eliminate Secret Agent "Baadshah" and assume his identity to gain access to Bachchan and carry out the assassination.

At the same time, Baadshah the detective gets a job from Mahendra Seth (Anant Mahadevan). Manikchand (Razzak Khan) and Saxena (Saurabh Shukla) want to gain his diamonds and have kidnapped the businessman's child for ransom. Baadshah and his assistants are given tickets to Goa, where the child is being held. Both "Baadshahs" are scheduled for the same flight. Through a misunderstanding, Baadshah receives Agent Malhotra's ticket, while Agent Malhotra receives Baadshah's. Moti kills Malhotra, and Baadshah finds Malhotra's fallen computer disk. At this point, Baadshah has functionally switched places with the deceased agent. Rani then realizes Moti killed the wrong man. Seema and her partner are expecting Agent Malhotra but see Baadshah instead and wonder what happened to Seema's brother. Baadshah is equipped with a James Bond-style car and an assortment of top-secret gadgets. He soon realizes his mistake with Seema after reading a newspaper reporting the Jhunjhunwalas' bank fraud case arrest.

Baadshah's friends have been taken hostage by Manikchand and Saxena and he must rescue them. Seema steals the computer disk from Baadshah's possession and searches it, finding out that Agent Malhotra suspected Thapar as the man behind the assassination attempt. Baadshah arranges an exchange of the hostages for the diamonds. Finding the child and his men, Baadshah captures the criminal duo. Sending Ram Lal and the others to Thapar's address (where he thinks they are to meet up with the businessman to return the diamonds), Baadshah drives the kidnappers towards town. He finds Seema being chased by armed men who were sent after her by a corrupt security agent. Baadshah saves her and tells her his side of the story. Though they make up, they find themselves in dire straits. Seema's brother is dead, and Baadshah's friends are now in Thapar's custody.

Thapar forces Baadshah to assassinate Bachchan himself. if he fails, Thapar will kill his friends and the child. The key players travel to the Holiday Inn, where the Chief Minister is to speak. The child is forced into a bomb vest and Baadshah's assistants are kept in a high-rise room. The entire on-site security force is in cahoots with Thapar, keeping tabs on Baadshah. With Seema's help, Baadshah rescues his friends. Seema puts a warning message inside the chief minister's speech script. Baadshah is forced to approach the chief minister, as Thapar still has control of the bomb. At that moment, she reads the note and learns of the impending danger. However, it is too late: Baadshah is forced to open fire upon the security personal. Thapar flees, and is pursued by Baadshah while the CBI scientist works on the bomb. Thapar has Moti and Rani detonate the bomb while he sits in his getaway car. However, the bomb has been removed and thrown under his car, leading to his explosive demise.

At the end, Baadshah is seen to have booming business back at his detective agency. Ram Lal receives a call from Mr. Clint Eastwood, apparently secretary to American president Bill Clinton, offering $1,000,000 for assistance with the "Monica Case". Baadshah announces his prioritization of "wife duty", refusing the case and disappearing with Seema.


Special appearance[edit]

  • Prem Chopra as CBI Chief
  • Shashikala as Baadshah's Mother
  • Deepal Tijori as Deepak Malhotra


Baadshah 1999 Audio CD.jpg
Soundtrack album by Anu Malik
Genre Film soundtrack
Label Venus Records & Tapes
Anu Malik chronology
Haseena Maan Jaayegi

The soundtrack has 6 songs composed by Anu Malik.

# Title Singer(s) Length
1 "Main To Hoon Pagal" Abhijeet, Alka Yagnik 06:18
2 "Woh Ladki Jo" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik 07:06
3 "Mohabbat Ho Gayee Hai" Abhijeet, Alka Yagnik 06:00
4 "Hum To Deewane Hue Yaar" Abhijeet, Alka Yagnik 06:56
5 "Baadshah O Baadshah" Abhijeet 06:37
6 "O Baby" Anu Malik 06:54

Box office[edit]

Baadshah grossed 25.08 crore (US$3.8 million) in India and $1.5 million (6.52 crore) in other countries, for a worldwide total of 31.60 crore (US$4.8 million), against its 11 crore (US$1.7 million) budget. It had a worldwide opening weekend of 7.81 crore (US$1.2 million), and grossed 13.33 crore (US$2.0 million) in its first week.[2] It is the 8th-highest-grossing film of 1999 worldwide.[3]


It opened on Friday, August 27, 1999, across 280 screens, and earned 1.10 crore (US$170,000) nett on its opening day. It grossed 3.21 crore (US$480,000) nett in its opening weekend, and had a first week of 5.88 crore (US$890,000) nett. The film earned a total of 14.87 crore (US$2.2 million) nett, and was declared "Average" by Box Office India.[2] It is the 10th-highest-grossing film of 1999 in India.[4]


It had an opening weekend of $550,000 (2.39 crore) and went on to gross $780,000 (3.39 crore) in its first week. The film earned a total of $1.5 million (6.52 crore) at the end of its theatrical run.[2] Overseas, It is the 6th-highest-grossing film of 1999.[5]

'Baadshah' worldwide collections breakdown
Territory Territory wise Collections break-up
India Nett Gross:
14.87 crore (US$2.2 million)
Distributor share:
8.18 crore (US$1.2 million)
Total Gross:
25.08 crore (US$3.8 million)
(Outside India)
$1.5 million (6.52 crore)
Worldwide 31.60 crore (US$4.8 million)


  1. ^ "Baadshah Budget". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Baadshah Box office". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Top Worldwide Grossers 1999". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Top India Total Nett Gross 1999". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Top Overseas Gross 1999". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 

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