“ Genre: Bollywood / Theatrical Release: 1996 / Parental Guidance / Director: Dharmesh Darshan / Actors: Aamir Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Suresh Oberoi, Johnny Lever, Navneet Nishan ... / DVD released 2003-10-06 at Eros International / Features of the DVD: Colour, DVD-Video, Import, PAL „
Back in 1996, Raja Hindustani created waves and was one of the biggest blockbuster of the decade. Starring the perfectionist Aamir Khan and Karishma Kapoor, this Dharmesh Darshan film collected most awards that year.
Aarti, daughter of a rich industrialist goes on a trip to a small town where her late mother was from and meets Raja Hindustani(played by Aamir Khan) who is a taxi driver. Raja helps Aarti see the town and even finds her a place to live in his uncle's home. As time progresses, both of them realise there is an attraction between them. Crossing social boundaries, they both decide to get married but the conflict due to the difference in status comes up soon as Aarti's stepmom tries to create difference Aarti and Raja.
Dharmesh Dharshan's story is nothing new and has a lot of commercial entrapments(which possibly works well with wide audiences). Some portions of the film are socially relevant and does make you think but the film could have been presented differently. The audience needs to stop thinking much since the movie tends to get far fetched at points. Once you can overlook these drawbacks you are in for a treat. Why do I say so? Just imagine Aamir Khan and Karishma Kapoor in a frame and you would know why! Aamir and Karishma makes up for the glitches in the script and pulls you in as audience. Seeing Aamir in an out and out commercial romantic film is a treat and when the actress is as charming as Miss Karishma Kapoor(now Mrs) you can't ask for more!
The latter portions are more mature and the performances peak at the correct time. Raja Hindustani should be watched just to see Aamir and Karishma together! And the film is entertaining too!
Raja Hindustani (Indian King) is a 1996 classic Bollywood film directed by Dharmesh Darshan. The film tells the story of Raja Hindustani, a humble, simpleton who works hard as a taxi driver/tour guide in a small town.
Raja Hindustani can be described as a modern twist on Cinderella-Raja (played by the very talented Aamir Khan) is cinderella and Aarti (played by the equally talents Karishma Kapoor from the famous Bollywood family of Kapoors) plays the modern 'prince'.
Raja is a lovable character, who obids by the rules and becomes quite stressed when others do not follow them. Aarti is a rich girl, who loses her mother as a youngster and lives the life of a socialite. Her paths cross with Raja when she decides she wants to explore her roots.
As with any love story, things simply cannot run smoothly. No version of the fairytale could be complete without the stepmother-and in Raja Hindustani she is a gold digging little so and so who will stop at nothing to ensure her husbands wealth stays in his accounts rather than being splashed on his only child Aarti.
Will love conquer all or will Raja and Aarti be parted by the evil stepmother? Can Raja make the transition from the life of a simpleton to that of a Mumbai wealthy son-in-law? I could tell you but then I'm giving away too much.
Raja Hindustani was one of the highest grossing films in 1996. The soundtrack was equally if not slightly more popular than the film with now classic songs such as "Pardesi Pardesi" (foreigner). Karishma even won an award for her acting and the film was a massive success with tickets selling out for most screenings in India during the first month.
This is a feel good film, a film I can recommend for a curry night, a girlie night or prehaps an alternative to a romantic flick with a loved one. As with a lot of Bollywood movies, Raja Hindustani does not contain 'scenes that would be unsuitable for younger viewers' basically you won't find any 'bedroom' scenes in this film. There is a kissing scene-which was one of the first of it's kind in a Bollywood film.
There's many laughs along the way too-a film with something for everyone.