Durgaprasad Bhardwaj is a wealthy widower who lives a lavish lifestyle in a palatial home. He has only one child, a daughter by the name of Janki. He would like Janki to get married to a young man of equal status, however, Janki falls in love with a middle-class youth named Jaiprakash Paswan. Despite of Durgaprasad's vehement objections, the couple get married, and soon Janki gives birth to a baby. Misunderstandings crop up between the two, and as a result Janki moves back with her dad along with her child. Jaiprakash would like the child to live with him, however, he does not have the means to support the child. To remove any doubt, Durgaprasad gets a Court Order giving custody and care to Janki. When the child grows up, Janki has her hands full, so they hire a nanny by the name of Laxmi Godbhole, who is middle-aged and seems to have a way with children and adults alike. Durgaprasad too is impressed with Laxmi and falls in love with her. What Janki and Durgaprasad do not know is that Laxmi leads a double life, also being wooed by landlord Hariharan. Watch as events unfold and one gets to view the other side of Laxmi, and the impact this will have on the child, Janki and Durgaprasad.
Circa the British rule in India, a man named Senapathy decides to rebel against the British in a violent way, learns a rare martial art that enables him to kill with his bare hands, and travels to Singapore, joins the Indian Liberation Army formed by renowned Subhash Chandra Bose, is one of the soldier's to engage the British into war. He subsequently joins a death squad in order to destroy British tanks. While all of the others succeed in carrying out their mission, Senapathy is captured, jailed, beaten, and mercilessly tortured by the British. Upon his release, he is looked after by a woman named Namrata, whose honor he had saved from the British - who had captured two truckloads of women protesters, burned their clothing, and forced them to commit suicide. Namrata and Senapathy marry, India gains independence, and they soon have two children - Chandrabose and Kasthoori. Years later Chandra quarrels with his honest and straight-laced father, leaves home, so that he can earn enough money to bribe the transport secretary to get him a job as a Transport Officer. Tragedy strikes the family when Kasthoori is grievously hurt in a house-fire. They get her to the nearest hospital - but the doctor wants them to file a police report or pay him Rs.500/-; At the police station - the Inspector wants Rs.250/- or a report from the Village Administration Officer; who in turn wants Rs.150/- so that he can start preparations for the report. This delay results in Kasthoori's death - and a vengeful Senapathy decides to teach corrupt officials a lesson - a lesson that will serve to remind other corrupt officials to do their work diligently without accepting any bribes. What Senapathy does not know is that his very son Chandra is now part of this system - and he must now make up his mind to make an exception or carry on his gruesome task - knowing fully well that the Central Bureau of Investigation is hot on his tail.
- Kamal Haasan, Tabu, Manisha Koirala, Urmila Matonkar, Paresh Rawal, Aruna Irani, Amrish Puri
- Kamal Haasan / Shankar
- Music Director
- Vishal / A.R. Rahman
- 16:9 Anamorphic (compatible 4:3 screen format), Dolby Digital 5.1, NTSC
- All Regions
- Number of discs
- Run Time
- 334 minutes
- Action, Comedy, Romance, Thriller