Embedded with intrigue and thrill, this fast-paced revenge drama depicts the fluctuating fortunes of a much-loved man, who is forced by circumstance to unravel the mysteries of his past and right old wrongs.
Liberally spiced with all elements of modern cinema, this rags-to-riches tale follows the life of Lal Singh (Amitabh Bachchan), who lives with his mother (Nirupa Roy) in one of Mumbai's impoverished slums. He grows up with the poor and needy, which gives him a good understanding of their plight in life. Due to his generosity and selflessly helpful behaviour he earns the title of Lal Badshah from the people he lives among.
Lal is a very helpful and kind-hearted person who is dead set against crime. In the same city lives Vikram Singh alias Vicky Baadshah (Raghuvaran) who is the Don of the city always clashing with Lal Baadshah. Vicky is the son of Dayal Singh (Amrish Puri) who lives far away from Mumbai in a castle. Vicky and his brother Ajit Singh (Mukesh Rishi), a corrupt police officer want to rule the city.
Meanwhile, Lal meets Kiran (Manisha Koirala), an L.I.C. agent who falls in love with him and is determined to become his wife. At the castle, Dayal Singh is still hunting for the treasures of the Maharaja, whom he murdered years ago along with his brother Sultan Singh (Prem Chopra).
When the Maharaja was murdered, his son, Dewan Ranbir Singh (also Amitabh Bachchan) hid the treasure, for which Dayal Singh tried to murder him. What is the link between Ranbir Singh and his look-alike Lal Singh? Will Dayal Singh ever be able to find the treasure?
This was Bachchan's third film since his comeback after a five year hiatus, but despite the anticipation it failed to rise up to expectations at the box office.
This movie was the last film in which Nirupa Roy appeared; she played the role of Bachchan's foster mother.
Sunil Shetty was part of the project and had done some shooting for the film before he dropped out.
The song Pathiye Ley was recorded and added much later after the post production of the movie.
The film released about a year later then its actually intended release date, due to financial issues K.C. Bokadia faced.
Half of the songs, which were recorded on the album, were not featured in the movie.
Manisha Koirala only committed to this project because she got an opportunity to work with the superstar Amitabh Bachchan.
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