It has been chronicled in the Mahabharata that Eklavya wanted to be Sage Dronacharya's disciple in order to excel at bow and arrow shooting, but was refused because of his low caste. He decided to teach himself, and did excel to such an extent that Dronacharya felt threatened that he would beat his ace disciple, Arjun, so he asked Eklavya for his fee - his right thumb, which Eklavya dutifully cut off and presented it to his Guru.
Now in modern India, Nishab, whose father was Eklavya, and who gave his life trying to protect his master, has now been re-named Eklavya himself. In accordance with long-held customs, he has been entrusted to guard the lives of Rana Jaywardhan, Ranimaa Suhasinidevi, and their children, Harsh and Nandini.
He will be called upon to pay the ultimate price, after he learns that his master, the Rana, has been killed. Eklavya, who also carries a dark family secret, slays the two assailants of the Rana, but in the process also finds out that the one who hired them is his very own son. What will prevail - duty or the love of his son?
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The assassination attempt sequence produced grave dangers for the cast during shooting. While running amidst a herd of 400 camels, Amitabh Bachchan got kicked in the head by an especially furious camel. It was only due to the heavy turban he was wearing that Bachchan was able to survive with nothing more than a little dizziness in his head. Jackie Shroff was standing only a few inches away from the rails when the train passed by him. For the attempt on the King, the action director, Tinnu Verma, decided to use a real bullet for authenticity, despite Boman Irani's misgivings about it. The bullet was off target and missed Boman's ear by a whisker. Read More