Khuda Gawah

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Khuda Gawah
खुदा गवाह
Khuda Gawah poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mukul S. Anand
Produced by Nazir Ahmed
Manoj Desai
Written by Raj Kumar Bedi
Santosh Saroj (dialogues)
Screenplay by Mukul S. Anand
Story by Santosh Saroj
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Sridevi
Nagarjuna
Shilpa Shirodkar
Music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Cinematography W. B. Rao
Edited by R. Rajendran
Production
company
Glamour Films
Release date
  • 9 May 1992 (1992-05-09)
Running time
193 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Khuda Gawah (English: God is the witness) is a 1992 Indian Hindi epic action romance film, produced by Nazir Ahmed & Manoj Desai on Glamour Films banner, directed by Mukul S. Anand, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sridevi, Nagarjuna, Shilpa Shirodkar in lead roles and music composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The film recorded as Super Hit at the box office.

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] The film was dubbed in Telugu with Amitabh Bachchan's voice dubbed by Saikumar. Khuda Gawah was later adapted into a Pakistani television series by the same name Khuda Gawah its starring include Arbaz Khan and Saba Qamar.[3]

Plot[edit]

During a Buzkashi competition with a neighbouring 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 Habibullah, 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 Singh (Vikram Gokhale) on his trail. He chops off Habibullah's head. When confronted by Ranveer, he tells him that he would be back in a month to receive punishment for taking Habibullah. Badshah goes back to Afghanistan and marries Benazir; after the time limit, he comes back to India and surrenders himself to Ranveer Singh, who he addresses as "Rajput Khan" and is jailed for five years. While Badshah Khan is away, his childhood friend Khuda Baksh (Danny Denzongpa) assumes the role of a guardian for Benazir.

To avenge Habibullah's death, his brother Pasha (Kiran Kumar) kidnaps the daughter of jailor Ranveer, Heena, 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 Singh. With Ranveer Singh's daughter as a pawn in Pasha's hands, Badshah admits to killing Ranveer Singh 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 that her father is still alive and has come to India to look for her father; the daughter of Ranveer Singh, Heena (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 crime lord, gets involved. Benazir and Khuda Baksh are kidnapped by him. The truth is eventually revealed to Raja about his father, and he joins of hands with Badshah and Heena to beat their mutual enemy.

Soundtrack[edit]

Khuda Gawah
Film score by Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Released 1992
Genre Soundtrack
Length 56:40
Producer Laxmikant-Pyarelal

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

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Tu Mujhe Kabool - 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 - 2" Lata Mangeshkar, Kavita Krishnamurthy 08:05
Total length: 56:40

Reception[edit]

The film did good business with BBC reporting that "it ran to packed houses for 10 weeks in Kabul".[4] 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".[5]

Awards[edit]

38th Filmfare Awards

Won

Nominated

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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