Laadla (1994 film)

Laadla (transl. The Beloved Son) is a 1994 Indian drama film, with its name inspired by Dalda brand, directed by Raj Kanwar, from a screenplay written by Anees Bazmee. The film stars Anil Kapoor and Sridevi. Raveena Tandon, Anupam Kher, Farida Jalal, Shakti Kapoor, Aruna Irani, Alok Nath, Mohnish Bahl and Prem Chopra appear in supporting roles. The film initially starred Divya Bharti as the female lead and she had shot most of the film. However, due to her untimely death in 1993, the film was reshot with Sridevi replacing her. The film is the remake of Kannada film Anuraga Aralithu (1986).[2] In the film, a headstrong factory owner marries the union leader of the factory, to quell his spirit and teach him a lesson. In the process, she ends up learning a few lessons herself.

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Release poster
Directed byRaj Kanwar
Screenplay byAnees Bazmee
Story byRemake of Anuraga Aralithu (Kannada)
Produced byNitin Manmohan
CinematographyHarmeet Singh
Edited byA. Muthu
Music byAnand–Milind
Release date
  • 25 March 1994 (1994-03-25)
Box office13.43 crore (equivalent to 75 crore or US$10 million in 2020)[1]

Laadla was released theatrically on March 25, 1994. The film, upon release, was a commercial success grossing ₹11 crore domestically, becoming the seventh highest grossing Indian movie of 1994.[3] Sridevi's performance as Sheetal Jaitley was widely acclaimed and earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.


Raj "Raju" Verma lives with his disabled and paralyzed mother Gayatri. Before a job interview, he saves textile mill owner Laxminarayan Jetley who offers him job in his factory run by his ambitious adopted daughter, Sheetal. Her competitive attitude and open insults result in several enemies including her henchman Tilak, whom she often slaps and insults.

As a mechanic, Raju confronts her several times for proper treatment of workers. She is enraged when he turns union leader. Raju falls for the mill's modest worker Kajal. Suryadev, a competing owner tries to eliminate Sheetal. Charismatic, Raju guides her on how to handle rival and the workers. Egoistic and angered, Sheetal slaps him who retaliates this reaching her cabin and slaps her too.

Sheetal cannot fire Raju as then she would have to admit. Vengeful, she convinces Gayatri to get her married to Raju. Reluctantly on Gayatri's order, Raju sacrifices his love for Kajal and marries Sheetal. He lives in his own house and works as a mechanic but moves to Sheetal's luxurious house later upon Gayatri's request. Slowly, he falls in love with Sheetal.

Tensions arise when Sheetal eliminates Kajal, seeing her visiting Raju's house frequently. Kajal turns caretaker of Gayatri. Later, labour issues cause the workers to go on strike. Competing mill owner for benefit of this hires people to set it on fire. Raju is mistakenly arrested. Gayatri visits Sheetal's house to clarify matters.

Insulted and taunted, she collapses but Raju saves her and slaps Sheetal. Guilty, Sheetal who has now feelings for Raju too is kidnapped by Suryadev. Luckily, Raju rescues her. Sheetal improves herself. Kajal turns managing director of her company, as Sheetal quits her job. Everyone live happily ever after.



Divya Bharti was originally cast in the role of Sheetal and filmed most of her role, but due to her sudden demise on 5 April 1993, she could not complete the film. Later, Sridevi was signed to play the role.[4]


Producer Nitin Manmohan repeated music directors Anand–Milind and lyricist Sameer after hits like Baaghi, Maha Sangram, Adharm and Bol Radha Bol. The music topped the charts when released. It was among the best selling albums of 1994.[5]

# Title Singer(s)
1 "Ladki Hai Kya Re Baba" Udit Narayan
2 "Teri Ungli Pakad Ke Chala" Udit Narayan, Jyotsna Hardikar
3 "Meri Dhadkan Suno" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik
4 "Mere Ghulam Tera" Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan
5 "Mere Ghulam Tera" (Female) Alka Yagnik
6 "Dhik Ta Na Na" Udit Narayan, Poornima
7 "Dhik Ta Na Na" (Female) Poornima
8 "Boi Boi" Vinod Rathod, Arun Bakshi

Original Soundtrack label[6]

Awards and NominationsEdit

At the 40th Filmfare Awards, Sridevi and Raveena Tandon received nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.


  1. ^ 1994 boxoffice
  2. ^ "Inspiration for remakes". Deccan Herald. 29 November 2009. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Laadla - Movie - Box Office India".
  4. ^ Narayan, Hari (25 February 2018). "Sridevi: a picture of divine grace". The Hindu (in en-IN). ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 29 May 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  5. ^ "Laadla among most sold music albums of 1994". Archived from the original on 14 June 2012.
  6. ^ [1]

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