|Directed by||Anil Devgan|
|Produced by||Ajay Devgan|
|Written by||Anees Bazmee
Anand Bakshi (lyrics)
|Edited by||Chandan Arora|
|Distributed by||Ajay Devgn Films|
|29 December 2000|
Raju Chacha is an Indian Bollywood action film directed by Anil Devgan, released on 20 December 2000. The film stars Ajay Devgan, Kajol, Rishi Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt in lead roles. Raju Chacha was Devgan's first attempt as a producer. The film received mixed reviews from critics and was an average grosser at the box office.
Siddhant Rai (Rishi Kapoor) is a wealthy architect, living a comfortable lifestyle with his three children Rohit, Rahul and Rani. Also living with them is their butler B.B.C (Tiku Talsania). Because they have no mother, Siddhant has arranged for many governess or teachers to take care of them: however, the children always drive any of these governesses/teachers away. Siddhant soon decides to send his children to boarding school but changes his mind when B.B.C reminds him that when Siddhant threw his younger brother out of the house, he never came back again. Siddhant however, arranges for another governess.
Meanwhile, a con-man named Shekhar (Ajay Devgan) and his friend Jadu (Johnny Lever) have just robbed a bank and are on the run from police. Shekhar comes across the beautiful Anna (Kajol) who is to be the governess of the Rai children. Shekhar woos Anna with no success. Shekhar and Jadu follow Anna to the Rai household; Shekhar now believes he has met a rich girl and believes he has hit the jackpot. Although the children initially try and drive Anna away, they come to accept her as an older sister. Shekhar continues to woo Anna and she eventually returns his feelings. With Siddhant's permission, the two get married. On the wedding day, Siddhant learns that Shekhar is a criminal: he stole the wedding rings and only married Anna to gain Siddhant's wealth. Shekhar is sent to prison and Anna decides to leave the house.
Siddhant is soon killed in a car accident. The children are placed under the care of their cruel maternal uncles, who only have interest in Siddhant's fortune. The children are in a terrible situation—the court decides that they need to be separated. Just as the magistrate intends to sign their adoption papers, a young man comes in and claims that he is Rajit Rai, Siddhant's younger brother—the man is none other than Shekhar. The magistrate believes that the man is truly Siddhant's brother, so refuses to sign the adoption papers, however he sets a date for a hearing in which the appropriate guardian shall be granted custody of the Rai children. The children are at first unhappy to have Shekhar back in their lives—however, B.B.C and Jadu explain that Shekhar is the only one who can help the children. The children warm up to their new 'Raj Chacha.' Anna soon returns to the house and is angry to see Shekhar again as she believes he is attempting to rob the children.
Problems arise when another man (Sanjay Dutt) enters the house and says that he is Rajit Rai. The uncles are now confused as this man looks and acts more like the real Rajit Rai. Shekhar makes a deal with them - if they prove to the magistrate that Shekhar is the real Raju Chacha, he shall only take 25% of the share. The uncles agree but soon learn that Shekhar tricked them and that the 'real' Raju Chacha they met is none other than a fellow conman of Shekhar's. The relatives are driven away. Anna reconciles with Shekhar when she learns his real intentions. Anna and Shekhar start to look after the children.
However, their happiness is short-lived when the relatives return and expose Shekhar, who is sent back to jail. Meanwhile, the children are shocked to learn that their father was killed by their relatives, all for his money. The children's lives are again in danger until Shekhar breaks out of prison and kills the relatives in the same way that killed Siddhant. Shekhar and Anna get married and are given custody of the three children. However, they are still on the lookout for the real Raju Chacha.
- Ajay Devgan ... Shekhar/Rajit Rai aka Raju Chacha
- Kajol ... Anna
- Rishi Kapoor ... Siddhant Rai
- Sakshi Sem ... Rani Rai
- Kingshuk Vaidya ... Rahul Rai
- Harsh Lunia ... Rohit Rai
- Johnny Lever ... Jaddu
- Sanjay Dutt ... Gafoor
- Tiku Talsania ... B.B.C
- Govind Namdeo ... Vikram Sinha
- Pramod Moutho ... Prabhakar Sinha
- Smita Jaykar ... Mother Superior
- Shahbaaz Khan ... Babu
- Anil Nagrath ... Magistrate
- Kaivalya Chheda...Daddu(Son of Prabhakar Sinha)
- Producer: Ajay Devgan
- Director: Raju Shivaraju
- Story: Uma Nandakumar
- Dialogues: Javed Siddiqui
- Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
- Music: Jatin-Lalit
- Choreography: Raju Khan
- Editing: Chandan Arora
Reception and Box Office
The film received mixed reviews from critics. It holds an average score of 5/10 on IMDB. Critics praised the performances of the lead cast as well as the direction but criticised the storyline and script.
At the box office, the film collected 82.5 million and was declared an 'Average' grosser.
Star Screen Awards
|Studio album by Jatin-Lalit|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|"Aaj Ka Kya Program Hai"||Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sudesh Bhonsle|
|"Dil Dil Ka Yeh Kaam Hai"||Amit Kumar|
|"Ek Sher Tha Ek Sherni"||Shankar Mahadevan, Shweta Pandit|
|"Kahin Se Aayi Rani"||Amit Kumar, Kavita Krishnamurthy|
|"Raju Chacha"||Shaan, Francis Menezes, Shweta Pandit, Shradha Pandit, Sneha Pant|
|"Tune Mujhe Pehchana Nahin"||Shaan|
|"Yeh Vaada Hai"||Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik|
|"Yeh Vaada Hai (Sad)"||Alka Yagnik|