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Loafer (1996)

  • Release Date07/06/1996
  • GenreAction, Comedy, Drama
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time160 mins
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingA
  • Censor Certificate NumberCIL-15-42-1996-HYD
  • Certificate Date27/05/1996

Rightful and just, a learned school master, Vidyapathi (Kulbhushan Kharbanda), is punished for his beliefs by being exiled to a far away town.... a town that is ruled by the dictates of a ruthless criminal, Badshah (Mukesh Rishi), and his leader political Kripashankar (Gulshan Grover).

Ravi, the only son of Vidyapathi, is quite the opposite his father. Unable to keep even a simple job, he spends his days loafing around the whole town. Cursed by his father and laughed at by the whole town, his only sympathiser and a friend is his own Mama Bhiku (Shakti Kapoor) who finally gets him a job as a peon in a school. It is there that he meets the beautiful and hold sports teacher, Kiran (Juhi Chawla). With his pranks and stunts he tries to attract her... and succeeds.

Meanwhile, in the town, a defiant shopkeeper challenges the law of badshah, and is mercilessly killed. His orphaned child, seeking justice, writes a letter to a government civil officer pleading with him to come and investigate. The officer accepts the request and, coming to the town, is himself attacked and killed by Badshah and his gang. Ravi, witnessing this, cannot help but he moved into action. Jumping into the fight, he attacks Badshah and kills several of his henchmen. The police arrive and arrest Ravi for murder.

To save his son's life, Vidyapathi pleads with all of the town's people to come forward with the truth. But out of fear of Badshah's and Kripashankar wrath, they refuse. A lawyer, realizing Ravi's peril, but also aware that Kripashankar is standing for election, suggests that the only way to save Ravi's life would be for Ravi himself to stand in elections and confront Kripashankar. This would get him the people's support.

The elections day arrives, and the town's people fearlessly march to cast their votes for Ravi despite Badshah's attempts to stop them. A new leader is born. A new hope arrives. Everyone see Ravi as their future. To take the fear out of the people Ravi, the new MLA, drags Badshah and puts him behind bars. Then, in a crowded press conference, Ravi exposes a top politician who had tried to buy him over with money. His growing popularity becomes a threat to the dangerous Kripashanker who, seeking vengeance, murders Ravi's parents. Eliminating the corrupt politicians today becomes Ravi's only goal. Does he succeed?
Watch out for LOAFER... next time you vote.

(From the official press booklets)