Mohra (English: Pawn) is a 1994 Indian action thriller film directed by Rajiv Rai. It features Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Raveena Tandon and Naseeruddin Shah in the lead roles, with Paresh Rawal, Gulshan Grover, Raza Murad and Sadashiv Amrapurkar in supporting roles. The film was released on July 1, 1994, and went on to become the second highest grossing Indian film of that year and was declared a "Blockbuster".
|Directed by||Rajiv Rai|
|Produced by||Gulshan Rai|
|Written by||Rajiv Rai
|Music by||Viju Shah|
|Edited by||Rajiv Rai|
|Distributed by||Trimurti Films Pvt. Ltd.|
|Budget||₹4.75 crore (US$730,000)|
|Box office||₹22.65 crore (US$3.5 million)|
The film received nine Filmfare nominations in 1995. It was the first time that the trio of Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal worked together. Originally, Divya Bharti was cast as the female lead but she only managed five days working on the film before her death. Raveena Tandon was cast as her replacement.
The film is also remembered for its songs which became chartbusters in that year (1994). The popularity of the song "Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast", which was picturised on Raveena Tandon, led to her being nicknamed "the mast mast girl".
Vishal Agnihotri (Sunil Shetty), a convict, is imprisoned for the murder of a group of four criminals who had brutally raped and killed his sister-in-law. Vishal tries to get justice in court, but is unsuccessful and the men are released from prison with the help of a corrupt lawyer. The criminals then visit Vishal's home because he tried to file a case against them. The four criminals try to rape Vishal's wife Priya (Poonam Jhawer), but she kills herself with a knife. Angered at all this, Vishal decides to take the matter into his own hands and murders the four criminals himself. He is sentenced to life in prison for the crimes.
When journalist Roma Singh (Raveena Tandon) visits the jail for a report that she's writing, a few of the convicts try to rape her. The attempted rape reminds Vishal of his misfortune and he intervenes and saves Roma. Roma hears Vishal's story and decides to help free him. She is heard by a blind businessman - Mr. Jindal (Naseeruddin Shah) who tries to recruit Vishal as a hit-man. He wants Vishal to kill some anti-social elements in the city, mainly the two powerful drug lords Jibran (Raza Murad) and Tyson (Gulshan Grover) and all the people who work for them. Mr. Jindal tells Vishal that these drug lords are responsible for creating people like the group of four men he killed in the first place, by bringing drugs to the streets and corrupting the locals. Vishal refuses at first as he has just got out of prison, and now wants to live a normal life. However, the memories of his murdered family come back to haunt him as he spends a day alone in his home, and he agrees to work for Jindal.
Inspector Sahoo (Paresh Rawal) is very greedy and becomes an informer for Jibran, one of the targeted drug lords. He discloses all internal matters of the police department to Jibran in return for money.
Police Inspector Amar Saxena (Akshay Kumar) is trying to catch the drug-trading suspects. He is unhappy about the release of Vishal, who he believes deserves to be in prison because of the murders he committed. Things become even more complicated when Amar finds Vishal at most of the murder scenes of criminals involved in drug-trading. Vishal goes on a murder spree, until he realizes that even the Commissioner (Sadashiv Amrapurkar) thinks that the unknown murderer is doing more to help society than police could ever do. Vishal refuses to kill the Commissioner, thus angering his boss, Jindal. Vishal attacks Jindal with a paper-weight, but Jindal dodges it. Vishal then realizes that Jindal is not blind and is the real antagonist, as he was pulling the strings all this time.
Jindal tells Vishal that Jibran and Tyson were his rivals. He also confesses that he murdered his wife Pooja (Priya Tendulkar) and Inspector Karan Saxena (who happens to be Amar's father), to cover up the truth, and faked his blindness to throw the police off his trail. Jindal, who has now partnered with his former enemy, Jibran, leaves Vishal to die. Vishal escapes, only to be confronted by Amar. Vishal subdues Amar and tells him the truth. Inspector Sahoo, who is brought to Jindal by Jibran to give him important information about Vishal, tells him that Vishal is alive and will tell the entire truth to Amar and the Commissioner by the next morning. Then Jindal kidnaps the journalist, Roma, and kills the sub-editor Siddiqui, who tries to save Roma. Amar, Vishal and the Commissioner go to Jindal's home to arrest him, but they find the sub-editor, Siddiqui, brutally murdered at his home. They discover that Jindal has kidnapped Roma in order to forcefully marry her. Amar and Vishal find Jindal's den with the help of Inspector Sahoo and corner him.
After a melee, Jibran is killed. Jindal tries to kill Amar, but Vishal takes the bullet and dies in Amar's lap. Amar kills Jindal and avenges the death of Vishal and his father.
- Akshay Kumar as Inspector Amar Saxena
- Suniel Shetty as Vishal Agnihotri
- Raveena Tandon as Roma Singh, Amar's love interest
- Naseeruddin Shah as Mr Jindal
- Poonam Jhawer as Priya Agnihotri, Vishal's wife
- Paresh Rawal as Kashinath Sahoo, Sub inspector of Police
- Sadashiv Amrapurkar as Kamdev Kulkarni, Commissioner of Police
- Gulshan Grover as Tyson, the drug lord
- Raza Murad as Jibran, another drug lord, rival of Tyson
- Kulbhushan Kharbanda as Jailer, Roma's Dad
- Avtar Gill as Karan Saxena, Amar's dad
- Priya Tendulkar as Pooja (Special Appearance)
- Kunika as Flora
- Tej Sapru as Irfan
- Vishwajeet Pradhan as Jackson
- Yunus Parvez as Siddiqui
- Vinay Sapru as Tony
- Harish Patel as Kranti Kumar
- Aparajita as Mrs Saxena
- John Gabriel as Rampal
- Gopal Poojari as Gopal Pujari
- Rashid Mehta as Rashid
- Razak Khan as Rizwaan (Jibraan's Brother)
The music for the film was composed by Viju Shah, with lyrics by Indeevar and Anand Bakshi. Mohra was one of the most successful soundtrack albums of 1994, especially the song "Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast". Initially, Viju Shah wanted Sapna Mukherjee to render "Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast" but, upon Rajiv Rai's insistence, opted for Kavita Krishnamurthy instead. The track is based on the popular qawwali "Dam Mast Qalandar", by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The album was the second highest selling of 1994. The song "Na Kajare Ki Dhar" was originally composed by Kalyanji-Anandji, but wasn't released as the movie was shelved in 1980. The song was originally sung by Mukesh.
- Track list
|1||"Tip Tip Barsa Paani"||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik|
|2||"Aye Kaash Kaheen Aisa Hota"||Kumar Sanu|
|3||"Main Cheez Badi Hoon Mast"||Kavita Krishnamurthy|
|4||"Na Kajre Ki Dhar"||Pankaj Udhas, Sadhana Sargam|
|5||"Na Kajre Ki Dhar" (Part 1)||Pankaj Udhas|
|6||"Na Kajre Ki Dhar" (Part 2)||Sadhana Sargam|
|7||"Subah Se Lekar"||Sadhana Sargam, Udit Narayan|
|8||"Dil Har Koi"||Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik|
|9||"Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast"||Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy|
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