Vijay (English: Victory) is a 1988 Indian Hindi-language action drama film directed by Yash Chopra. It features an ensemble star cast consisting of Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini, Rishi Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Meenakshi Sheshadri, Sonam, Anupam Kher in pivotal roles. Anupam Kher won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for his performance.

Promotional Poster
Directed byYash Chopra
Written bySachin Bhowmick
Akhtar ul Iman
Produced byYash Chopra
StarringRajesh Khanna
Hema Malini
Rishi Kapoor
Anil Kapoor
Meenakshi Sheshadri
Saeed Jaffrey
Anupam Kher
CinematographyManmohan Singh
Music byShiv-Hari
Distributed byYash Raj Films
Release date
12 August 1988 (1988-08-12)
Running time
172 minutes

The plot of the film was inspired by Chopra's previous film Trishul. The film, released on 12 August 1988, to coincide with India's Independence Day weekend, was a commercial failure.[1]

Synopsis edit

Widowed Lala Yodhraj Bhalla (Anupam Kher) lives in a palatial house with his daughter, Suman (Hema Malini), and son, Shashiraj (Raj Babbar). Both of his children are of marriageable age. He gets a shock when he finds out that Suman is in love with a lowly employee by the name of Ajit Bhardwaj (Rajesh Khanna), and refuses to give his consent for their marriage. Suman and Ajit get married in a simple ceremony, and Suman moves to Ajit's house, where she soon gets pregnant and gives birth to a son who they name Vikram, affectionately called Vicky. Yodhraj gets another shock when Shashiraj tells him that he would like to marry Rita (Moushumi Chatterjee), who comes from a poor family. Yodhraj asks Shashiraj to go for a trip out of town in his private air-plane. With Shashiraj out of the way, Yodhraj goes to a pregnant Rita and asks her never to see Shashiraj again and leaves a blank cheque with her. The very same day, Shashiraj is killed when his plane crashes; a guilt-ridden Suman moves back into her father's house along with Vikram, leaving Ajit alone and devastated; and a lone Rita gives birth to a young son named Arjun. Twenty five years later, Yodhraj still lives in his palatial house with Suman and Vikram (Rishi Kapoor). A grown-up Arjun (Anil Kapoor) lives with his adopted father Inder Sen (Saeed Jaffrey) and his family. He meets and befriends Vikram but is completely unaware that they are cousins.

Sometime later, Inder tells Arjun about hiring an accomplished architect for their dream hotel, and that architect turns out to be Ajit, now alone and an alcoholic. He reluctantly agrees to work. Yodhraj is shocked to see him as Inder's company representative. He immediately leaves the meeting and meets up with Suresh Padampati (Shakti Kapoor) owner of the Padampati Bankers, who also bears a grudge against Inder since his testimony resulted in his father committing suicide. They join hands, along with Inder's security officer Ujagar Singh (Gulshan Grover) who bears a grudge against Arjun for getting him arrested.

Situations worsen and it results in Arjun and Vikram becoming enemies, with it also creating a rift between their girlfriends Sapna (Meenakshi Sheshadri) and Nisha (Sonam). Inder's company gets saddled with deep debt. In the middle of all of this Arjun gets to know that Rita is his biological mother and is still alive but sick, living in a convent. He goes to visit her. They have a emotional reunion but she dies in his arms thereafter. Inder tells him that Yodhraj is actually his grandfather, and apologises for making family members fight each other, but Arjun refuses to accept it, and pledges to take the fight forward. He, along with his friends create problems in Yodhraj and his family. Inder commits suicide due to the high pressure on him pay the loan back, but Arjun succeeds in winning the elections and defeating Yodhraj. An enraged Vikram attacks Arjun with some hired goons and he is beaten up badly, but they flee when Ajit arrives on the spot. He takes him to the hospital. Ajit then goes to Suman and laments that Vikram had become like Yodhraj, someone who didn't care about humans. Vikram tells him to shut up, after which Suman slapped him. On the way out, Ajit is attacked by Suresh, who shoots him on the arm. Vikram suddenly gets angry and attacks him in retribution. Him, along with Suman, both go to Ajit's house, where she tells him to quit drinking. Vikram laments that he grew up without his father around, and Ajit tells him that Yodhraj was the one responsible for their separation. After this, Vikram angrily lambasted Yodhraj for separating him from his father, and declares himself as Ajit's son. Arjun then calls Yodhraj and tells him that there is some other news which he himself will come to tell him. Yodhraj instructs Suresh to finish him off for good.

Sometime later, Arjun confronts Yodhraj and tells him that he is Shashiraj's son, and that he refuses to acknowledge him as his grandfather. He also invites him to the opening of his dream hotel. Arjun also meets a drunk Vikram and they become friends again. Yodhraj, shocked on hearing this, tries to stop Suresh from carrying out his plan, but fails to do so.

Suresh and his gang plant a bomb in the hotel, where the party is going on. By chance Nisha sees it and immediately informs Vikram and everyone, who start evacuating the place. Yodhraj too arrives, and tells Vikram that Arjun is his cousin. They, along with Ajit, begin searching for the bomb. They get a hold of Suresh and his gang, and a fight ensues. Arjun is successful in disarming the bomb.

Yodhraj asks Ajit and Arjun to forgive him for his wrongdoings. He realises that a person is known for his deeds, not by his family lineage. They live as a happy family forever.

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Soundtrack edit

The music was composed by Shiv Kumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia, known together as Shiv-Hari. The lyrics were written by Nida Fazli.

Song Singer
"Meri Aankhen Hain" Lata Mangeshkar
"Badal Pe Chalke Aa, Sawan Mein Dhalke Aa" Lata Mangeshkar, Suresh Wadkar
"Zindagi Har Janam Pyar Ki Dastan, Kaisi Zameen, Kya Aasman, Tu Kahe To Badal Dun Jahan" Lata Mangeshkar, Suresh Wadkar, Vinod Rathod
"Tera Karam Hi" (Male) Mahendra Kapoor
"Tera Karam Hi" (Female) Asha Bhosle
"Rakhna Athanni Sambhalke" Asha Bhosle
"Akkad Bakkad Bambe Bo, Assi Nabbay Poore Sau" Anupam Kher, Pooja Chopra

References edit

  1. ^ "The Romantics: Yash Chopra talks about the STRUGGLES he faced while releasing Chandni: "One distributor refused to release the film. A lot of messages were passed that Another flop is coming. Dont give them theatres" : Bollywood News". Bollywood Hungama. 15 February 2023.
  2. ^ a b c "Anupam Kher reminisces the days of shooting with Hema Malini, Rajesh Khanna in Vijay". India Today.
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  4. ^ "When Neil Nitin Mukesh played a younger Govinda as a child actor. See pic". Hindustan Times. 30 January 2021.

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