Raj (Shahrukh Khan), known as Baadshah, is a small time detective
who wants to be a famous but his mother (Shashikala) wants
Raj to follow the footsteps of his father and join the police
force. Baadshah's main source of income comes from diamond
smugglers from convincing girls to marry the groom chosen
by their parent. In the latter category comes Twinkle (Seema),
whose father (Avtar Gill) -- here comes the twist; he is supposedly
suffering from brain tumour -- wants to see her happily married.
And he is depending on Shahrukh to convince her to marry the
man he has chosen as the ideal husband for his precious daughter.
And Baadshah goes into action pretending he is a blind man.
With the help of his friends (Johny Lever and company), he
successfully charms Seema and she falls in love with him.
A 'successful eye operation' and, then Baadshah can 'see'
again! Seema declares her love and they run round trees happily.
Just as the situation gets too lovey-dovey, the father reminds
Baadshah about his duty. Baadshah dutifully plans scenarios
that will make Seema realise he is a fraud. A broken-hearted
Seema runs away. Seems rebounds successfully, helping the
CBI to trap her nakli father who, apparently, is after her
wealth and has duped investors in a bank fraud.
Meanwhile, Baadshah gets another assignment where he is required
to rescue a kidnapped girl from some kidnappers. The victim
is the daughter of a rich industrialist. At the airport, though,
he is mistaken for another Baadshah (Deepak Tijori) who was
going on special CBI mission to save chief minister of Goa,
Gayatri Bachchan(Rakhee). Which is how he is suckered into
his new assignment, where he is expected to protect the chief
minister of Goa and rescue the tot. At which point, the elements
of tragedy and suspense come in...
Which, to put it exactly, is what Baadshah is all about.
Khan has done terrific job. It's difficult to imagine anyone
else carrying off the role with such conviction.Twinke Khanna
looked very beautiful and surprisingly has acted well.
Amrish Puri does not dissapoint in yet another efficient villanous
role. Rakhee, unfortunately is wasted -- all she does is address
press conferences and seminars. The film is enjoyable, especially
the interaction between Shahrukh and Johnny Lever. Technically
the film is brilliant. The cinematography by Thomas Xavier is
eye pleasing. Anu Malik has done a decent job with the music
-- the title song is good, while others like "Yahan wahan kadam
kadam pe lakhon haseenaen hai" and "Main to hoon pagal "are
quite in the hummable category and "hum to deewane huva yaar"
are nice songs. Story is unfortunately the biggest drawback
of this film.
The director duo Abbas-Mastan has once again delivered a superb
blend of comedy, thrill, emotions and inevitable romance. Overall
Baadshah is Good but cannot break records and is worth seeing
perhaps just once.