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Bardaasht (2004)

  • Release Date2004
  • GenreAction, Drama, Thriller
  • FormatColor
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time155 mins
  • Length4400.24 metres
  • Gauge35mm
  • Censor RatingUA
  • Censor Certificate NumberCIL/2/14/2004-MUM
  • Certificate Date15/04/2004
  • Shooting LocationFilm City, R K Studio, Filmistan, Trimurti Bungalow, Beach Classic Bungalow, Thakur College

In Bardaasht, Bobby Deol plays Aditya Srivastav, an ex-army officer who was once in love with his senior officer's daughter, Payal, played by Lara Dutta. He was a brave and promising soldier but was asked to leave the force for not obeying his senior's orders, the reason being a strong difference of opinion. His disobedience and subsequent removal was looked upon so poorly that even Payal had to bid him farewell. He now runs a travel agency and looks after his younger college-going brother Anuj (Riteish Deshmukh), coming terms with his disturbing past.

Anuj is a mischief loving daredevil who thrives on the thrills of his antics with his friends. But one day his deeds cross acceptable limits and the college principal warns Aditya of his younger brother's delinquency. When Aditya takes this up with Anuj, they have an altercation over the issue following which Anuj leaves the house in a fit of anger.

When Anuj doesn't return the next day, Aditya tries to trace him through friends and colleagues but to no avail, after which he lodges a police complaint, fearing the worst, only to discover that his brother is no more, shot in a police encounter while in possession of drugs. Shattered, Aditya simply cannot accept his brother could do something like this and decides to personally uncover the truth behind his brother's death. From here the story takes a new turn.

In the course of his investigation, Aditya doesn't find the police FIR very convincing. His search for the truth uncovers the series of terrible events that lead to his brother's death.

Aditya then decides to take it upon himself to clear up his dead brother's image when the police refuse to do so. He takes recourse to the justice system and goes to court, taking the help of Payal, who is now a lawyer, and old emotions are slowly rekindled.

However, his adversaries will stop at nothing to ensure that the truth remains hidden and Aditya has no option but to take up the gun to prove his brother's innocence.

The film also stars Rahul Dev and Tara Sharma in pivotal roles.


[from the official press booklet]