Pratibandh is a 1990 Hindi-language action film directed by Ravi Raja Pinisetty and starring Chiranjeevi, Juhi Chawla and Rami Reddy. The film marked the Bollywood debut of leading Telugu film star Chiranjeevi. Juhi Chawla received a Best Actress nomination at the 36th Filmfare Awards for her performance in the film. This film is a remake of the Telugu film Ankusam, starring Rajasekhar, directed by Kodi Rama Krishna.
|Directed by||Ravi Raja Pinisetty|
|Written by||Anees Bazmee|
|Produced by||Allu Aravind|
J. V. Somayajulu
|Edited by||Vellai Swamy|
|Distributed by||Geetha Arts|
Chiranjeevi plays a hard nosed, honest cop, Inspector Siddant, who fights for his beliefs. He gets in trouble with the villain (Rami Reddy) when he first refuses his bribe and then protects a witness to his crimes, Shanthi (Juhi Chawla). His guru (J. V. Somayajulu) becomes a minister and stands in the way of the villains. Because Siddanth spoils their assassination attempts and kills one of Rami Reddy's henchmen, Rami Reddy kills Shanthi, Siddant's wife. In a last attempt to save his guru as well as to prove to him that the other police officers and Reddy were trying to kill him, Siddanth lights the very torch, which is placed with explosives, that his guru was supposed to and dies.
- Chiranjeevi as Siddhanth
- Juhi Chawla as Shanti
- Rami Reddy as "Spot" Nana
- Harish Patel as Katkar
- J. V. Somayajulu as Chief Minister Satyendra Sharma
- Kulbhushan Kharbanda as Home Minister
- Shafi Inamdar as Corrupt Police Official
- Reema Lagoo as Court Judge
- Allu Sirish as child artist
- Sumalatha as Naseem
The original Telugu version was a big hit of the year and the Hindi version was also a big hit at the box office. Pratibandh made Chiranjeevi a notable face at the national level, as he was already a star in the south. It was remade in Kannada as Abhimanyu (1990) with V. Ravichandran in the title role, by Ravi Raja Pinisetty himself.