`Lal Baadshah: A Review of the 1999 Hindi Movie Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Lal Baadshah is a 1999 Hindi movie directed by K.C. Bokadia and starring Amitabh Bachchan in a dual role, along with Manisha Koirala, Shilpa Shetty, Raghuvaran and Amrish Puri. The movie is a crime drama that revolves around Lal Singh (Bachchan), a kind-hearted man who lives with his foster mother (Nirupa Roy) in a slum and helps the poor and needy. He is also known as Lal Baadshah, a name that strikes fear in the hearts of the criminals and corrupt.
On the other hand, there is Vikram Singh (Raghuvaran), also known as Vicky Baadshah, a ruthless don and businessman who wants to rule the city with an iron fist. He has a personal vendetta against Lal, who is actually his long-lost brother. Lal's real father, Ranbir Singh (also played by Bachchan), was a wealthy and honest man who was betrayed by his friend Thakur Dhayal Singh (Amrish Puri) and killed by Vikram. Lal was saved by his mother (Radhika Sarathkumar) who gave him to Nirupa Roy before dying.
The movie follows the clash between Lal and Vikram, as well as their respective love interests. Lal falls in love with Kiran (Manisha Koirala), a life insurance agent who initially tries to con him but later realizes his true nature. Vikram falls in love with the daughter (Shilpa Shetty) of a lawyer (Mohan Joshi) who is fighting a case against him. The movie also features several subplots involving Lal's secretary Balu (Shakti Kapoor), a corrupt police officer Ajit Singh (Mukesh Rishi), a loyal servant Sultan Singh (Prem Chopra) and a mysterious Maharaj (Pramod Moutho).
Lal Baadshah is a typical masala movie of the 90s, with action, comedy, romance, drama and songs. The movie has some memorable dialogues and scenes, such as Lal's introduction scene where he beats up some goons with a cycle chain, or the climax where he confronts Vikram in his mansion. The movie also has some flaws, such as poor editing, inconsistent plot and over-the-top acting. The movie was not well received by the critics and failed at the box office. However, it has gained a cult following among the fans of Amitabh Bachchan, who praised his performance and screen presence.
Lal Baadshah is a movie that can be enjoyed by those who love masala movies and Amitabh Bachchan. It is not a masterpiece, but it is not a disaster either. It is a movie that has its own charm and appeal. It is a movie that showcases the charisma and versatility of Amitabh Bachchan, who plays two contrasting roles with ease. It is a movie that deserves a watch for its entertainment value.`
`The movie has a soundtrack composed by Aadesh Shrivastava, with lyrics by Shyam Raj, Gauhar Kanpuri and Maya Govind. The songs are mostly situational and fit the mood of the movie. Some of the songs are catchy and melodious, such as \"Koi Hai Dil Dene Wala\", \"Pathiye Ley\" and \"Lal Baadshah\". The movie also features a special appearance by Nagma, who dances to the song \"Pathiye Ley\" with Bachchan.
The movie was released on 5 March 1999 and faced stiff competition from other movies such as Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Sarfarosh and Taal. The movie was also affected by the poor reviews and negative word-of-mouth. The movie was declared a flop at the box office, earning only Rs 11 crore against a budget of Rs 25 crore. The movie was also Bachchan's last release before he took a hiatus from acting for five years.
Lal Baadshah is a movie that has its own fan base and cult status. It is a movie that showcases the star power and charisma of Amitabh Bachchan, who dominates every scene he is in. It is a movie that has some entertaining moments and dialogues, as well as some emotional scenes. It is a movie that can be watched for its nostalgia value and for its masala quotient. It is a movie that is not meant to be taken seriously, but to be enjoyed for what it is.` aa16f39245