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Badla (1974)

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Rajoo was an unloved child. Scorned by a cruel step mother and ignored by an indifferent father, he would have when he grew up cut himself off from his family but for one soft link - his younger sister Asha whom he wanted to see happily married.

Outside the house Rajoo was a much loved and much feared man. Because of him the entire neighbourhood was free from crime and mischief.

One day, when a few ruffians attempted to molest Kalpana, the young and beautiful daughter of an advocate, Rajoo beat the very life out of them. He not only won the heart of the girl but also admiration of a rich businessman, Randhir who was fascinated by his bravery. Randhir offered Rajoo a lucrative job but he turned it down. Rajoo was too independent to serve anyone.

But when Asha's engagement seemed to be breaking due to a demanded dowry of twenty thousand cash, Rajoo had to seek out Randhir and accept the job. Smuggling gold and diamonds for Randhir, Rajoo hoped that his sacrifice of his own good old self would at least ensure a happy life for his sister. But this dream of Rajoo was shattered when just two days before her marriage, Asha jumped to her death in order to escape the rapacious designs of Randhir. Shocked and enraged Rajoo warned to kill Randhir but before he could do that, a dirty trick landed him in jail.

After two years when Rajoo stepped out of the prison he was still burning with feverish desire to wreak vengeance.

Randhir had left for Goa, where he was continuing his criminal activities under the alias of Partap. When Rajoo reached Goa he walked straight into the trap set for him by Randhir and before he could know what was happening Rajoo found himself running a fugitive from law accused of the murder of a police officer.

And now the police was looking for Rajoo and Rajoo burning inside with the unquenched fury of vengeance, was looking for the real killer who was none else but Randhir.

And then..........?

(From the official press booklet)