Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Mukul S. Anand|
|Produced by||Nazir Ahmed
|Written by||Raj Kumar Bedi
Santosh Saroj (dialogues)
|Screenplay by||Mukul S. Anand|
|Story by||Santosh Saroj|
|Cinematography||W. B. Rao|
|Edited by||R. Rajendran|
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. 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. 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.
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.
|Film score by Laxmikant-Pyarelal|
|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|
The film did good business with BBC reporting that "it ran to packed houses for 10 weeks in Kabul". 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".
- Best Director - Mukul S. Anand
- Best Supporting Actor - Danny Denzongpa
- Best Sound - Bhagat Singh Rathod & Kuldeep Sood
- Best Film - Nazir Ahmed & Manoj Desai
- Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Amitabh Bachchan
- Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Sridevi
- Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Shilpa Shirodkar
- Best Villain - Kiran Kumar
- Best Female Singer - Kavita Krishnamurthy - "Main Tujhe Kabool"
- "Amitabh Bachchan, Sridevi might come together for Khuda Gawah sequel". Retrieved 23 October 2013.
- "Bollywood eyes Afghan market". BBC News. 27 November 2001. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
- "Exit Taliban. Enter Bollywood". Rediff.com. 26 November 2001. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
|Filmfare Award for Best Director