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Raja Hindustani [DVD]

Aamir Khan , Karisma Kapoor , Dharmesh Darshan    Parental Guidance   DVD
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  • Actors: Aamir Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Suresh Oberoi, Johnny Lever, Navneet Nishan
  • Directors: Dharmesh Darshan
  • Writers: Dharmesh Darshan, Javed Siddiqui, Robin Bhatt
  • Producers: Aly Morani, Bipin Savla, Bunty Soorma, Karim Morani
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Import, PAL
  • Language: Hindi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eros International
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DCXXZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,767 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Raja Hindustani is a story about two people from opposite socio-economic backgrounds who fall in love. The title character, Raja Hindustani (Aamir Khan), is a taxi-driver / tourist guide. He lives by his own simple code and is prone to violence when that code is violated. Aarti Sehgal (Karishma Kapoor) is a wealthy debutante who is seeking to connect with her past. Standing in the way of their love are a disapproving father and a stepmother bent on obtaining total control of the family assets.Wealthy Mr Sehgal (Suresh Oberoi) lives with his daughter, Aarti, and her stepmother Shalini (Archana Puran Singh) in a palatial home. Aarti decides to go for a vacation to a small hill station named Palankhet to discover the memories of her dead mother. Upon arrival, she finds out she has no transportation from the airport to Palankhet (few location in Ranikhet also). As a result, she hires the services of the only available driver, Raja Hindustani. During her stay in Palankhet, Aarti and Raja fall in love. One day, to Aarti's surprise, her father arrives in Palankhet and intends to bring her home with him. Her father will accept the marriage on the condition that Raja come to Mumbai and learn to become a respectable member of society. Raja refuses and forces Aarti to make a decision. Aarti chooses Raja, but begs for her father's blessings. Her father refuses to offer his blessings and leaves for Mumbai.After some time, Mr Sehgal forgives his daughter, and visits her in Palankhet. While there, he gifts his daughter and son-in-law with a new house. Raja refuses to live in the house, because he does not see the house as a gift, but rather as alms, since he is poor and Mr. Sehgal is rich. Shalini, her brother, Swaraj (Pramod Moutho), and her nephew Jai (Mohnish Behl) seek to exploit this conflict in order to gain total control of Mr. Sehgal's assets.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Swept away .... 22 July 2010
By Sarah
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The comedy is loud, frenetic and silly (it's Johnny Lever, you have been warned!), some of the filming style is dated and the villains are straight from the pantomime but who cares when you are swept away by the romance and music of this classic Bollywood film?

Aamir Khan totally inhabits the character of the endearingly naive but short-tempered, country taxi driver Raja, and Karishma Kapoor, with her hour-glass figure and shining eyes, is perfect as the innocent rich, city girl Aarti, initially oblivious to their growing love. The romance and comedy of the first half of the film, with this adorable young couple finding love while struggling to understand each other's differing attitudes and values, gives way to pure melodrama in the second half as Raja and Aarti are separated by her dastardly relations. The final climax is a jaw-dropping fight sequence.

One of the keys to the film's appeal for me is the character of Raja. Surely the pride of a poor man has never been more sympathetically portrayed. Yes, Raja is hotheaded and touchy but when his pride is contrasted with the empty vanity of Aarti's rich city relations, you understand it and side with him.

Add to this some of the most haunting songs ever written (why oh why is the music not available online? edited to say that at last the music is available online) and the most scandalously passionate kiss ever filmed in Bollywood, and you'll see why this film just sweeps you away.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I love this film,it flows very nicely, and the music is superb..pardesi jana nahin forever,and I was lead to believe no other indian film could compete on the music front,and have yet to be proven wrong.I was very lucky to have this film as my first intro to bollywood, but it's almost too good an intro...
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By Lyn
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This movie is about a conniving uncle, wicked stepmother, misunderstandings through deception and love across the social class divide... and a proud headstrong lover who is his own worst enemy.
Here we have all the ingredients of Bollywood romance and melodrama. You are carried by the romance and your emotions manipulated by the deceptions. In short this is the sort of story Bollywood loves and does well. It is part fairy tale and part morality play.
There is also the fight scene (Aamir seems to have done few movies without one!)
Aamir Khan is a handsome youth in this movie (it was in the late 90s). He is not just a pretty face and a scene stealer but a fine actor. The movie is almost worth watching just for him.
Karisma Kapoor is also very good, as are the supports - though wicked uncle and stepmother are very much characatures. The chemistry between the lovers is good too.
There is some good music of the more sweeping haunting variety rather than Bhangra upbeat. Also a few good dance sequences.
This movie is a little dated in the film quality etc but as much of it is spent in beautiful mountain scenery in traditional clothes that are timeless it has stood the test of time well- and still seems to be loved by many.
If you love romance or classic Bollywood this is definitely recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Bollywood Film 21 April 2006
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
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"Raja Hindustani" is an impressive film in almost all respects. The songs ,choreography and costumes are superb and the acting is excellent, especially the performances of Aamir Khan as Raja and the delectable Karisma Kapoor as Aarti. The storyline is well developed.It starts off light-hearted and frothy ,but when the romance between the rich Mumbai heiress and the poor village taxi driver hits the rocks, following some nasty,manipulative scheming by Aarti's sly stepmother and her avaricious uncle, the mood of the film turns serious and the tension escalates to an exciting and dramatic finale. "Raja Hindustani" is a sort of modern day Indian fairy-tale with more than a hint of "Snow White" about it . It is an enjoyable and entertaining viewing spectacle , although the three hour running time is somewhat excessive!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Conniving uncle, wicked stepmother and love across the social class divide 21 Jan 2009
By Lyn - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie is about a conniving uncle, wicked stepmother, misunderstandings through deception and love across the social class divide... and a proud headstrong lover who is his own worst enemy.
Here we have all the ingredients of Bollywood romance and melodrama. You are carried by the romance and your emotions manipulated by the deceptions. In short this is the sort of story Bollywood loves and does well. It is part fairy tale and part morality play.
There is also the fight scene (Aamir seems to have done few movies without one!)
Aamir Khan is a handsome youth in this movie (it was in the late 90s). He is not just a pretty face and a scene stealer but a fine actor. The movie is almost worth watching just for him.
Karisma Kapoor is also very good, as are the supports - though wicked uncle and stepmother are very much characatures. The chemistry between the lovers is good too.
There is some good music of the more sweeping haunting variety rather than Bhangra upbeat. Also a few good dance sequences.
This movie is a little dated in the film quality etc but as much of it is spent in beautiful mountain scenery in traditional clothes that are timeless it has stood the test of time well- and still seems to be loved by many.
If you love romance or classic Bollywood this is definitely recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie! 26 July 2011
By JMAG - Published on Amazon.com
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Truly was enjoyable and as always Aamir Khan does a fantastic job portraying his character. Karishma Kapoor is beautiful and the kissing scene took my breath away. I'd read an Indian article which had movie goers rate the best movie kissing scenes and this was voted the best. Besides being a huge Aamir Khan fan, it was the main reason I had to buy the movie. Hollywood could re-learn a thing about the kissing scenes in movies nowadays!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest Bollywood films you will ever see. 4 May 2011
By Z.B - Published on Amazon.com
This has got to be one of the greatest Indian movies you will ever see. Yes, some of the acting is over the top, the first 15 minutes of the film drag before the story kicks in and sure, some points are laboured for Western audiences. However, petty criticisms aside, I keep coming back to this flick year after year as my all time favourite Hindi language film (after Khuda Gawah perhaps). Karishma Kapoor in particular is a real treat to watch - beautiful and intelligent, and above all a very talented and convincing actress. I am genuinely curious that such a breathtakingly gorgeous lady did not make an effort to enter Hollywood or the English language movies at all. Perhaps the most outstanding feature of the movie is the fantastic music. Catchy and hypnotic to the point where you cannot really ever forget the main motifs and themes. I can guarantee that even if you don't like the film that much the song & dance numbers will either enchant or entrance. You will never in your lifetime forget the gypsy dance number. Forget the art house stuff and enjoy pure Bollywood at its best.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Film 23 Oct 2013
By Jerry - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a classic film in India which won several awards. After watching with friends I decided to purchase myself. I wasn't dissapointed.
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the movie! 31 July 2013
By Pamela K. - Published on Amazon.com
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For romantics, this 1996 movie is a must see. It was a big hit when released and Aamir Khan and Karisma Kapoor both won acting awards for their roles. I would have rated it five stars but I downgraded it a star because of a couple of the cheesy scenes with the comic relief squad (Johnny Lever, etc) and the overblown ending.

The music is superb throughout the movie. The Raja Hindustani soundtrack often gets mentioned on lists on best Bollywood soundtracks such as Planet Bollywood's list of 100 best soundtracks. The Raja Hindustani soundtrack was the best selling album the year it was released. Aaye Ho Meri Zindagi Mein (you have come into my life) is a beautiful song done in both female and male versions in the film. I have read elsewhere that this song is often played at weddings in India. The song Pardesi Pardesi (Foreigner, Foreigner) became a major hit. Tere Ishq Mein Nachenge (loosely translates to we will dance around in your love I believe) is another great tune. I loved the soundtrack so much I bought the cd; all of the songs are terrific unlike some albums where I will skip some of the tracks.

Basic plot summary: Rich Mr. Sehgal (Suresh Oberoi) lives with his modern daughter, Aarti (Karisma Kapoor), and her step-mother Shalini (Archana Puran Singh) in a palatial home. Aarti wants to go for a vacation at a small hill station named Palankhet where her parents had met for the first time. Once there, she meets with less educated, more conservative (some might say chauvanistic) taxi-driver Raja Hindustani (Aamir Khan), and after a short period of time, both fall in love with each other, and get married without Aarti's father's blessings. Eventually, Mr. Sehgal forgives his daughter, and invites both newlyweds to his palatial home, not knowing that his wife, her brother, Swaraj (Pramod Moutho), and her nephew Jai (Mohnish Behl) have plans for him and his daughter that will change their lives forever.

The movie has lots of emotion throughout. I have watched the film several times so it has repeat watching value. Some of the scenes are just terrific but I won't give any spoilers so watch it for yourself remembering is a 1996 film with a darker look and feel than you might see today. Aamir and Karisma have outdone themselves in this movie and you truly feel they love each other.
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