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Shahenshah (1988)

  • Release Date1988
  • GenreAction
  • FormatColor
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time160 mins
  • Length5077.55
  • Number of Reels20
  • Gauge35mm
  • Censor Certificate Number9200
  • Certificate Date29/01/1988
  • Shooting LocationRK Studios, Seth Studios, Film City, Natraj Studios, Chandivali, Filmistan

Shahenshah depicts contemporary reality in the raw, but within the broad framework of a big commercial film. With an adequate dose of every nuance in human emotions: sizzling song and dance numbers; the colour of outdoor romance; the naughty tug-of-war between brother sister; the comic twists, and interludes; the operative style of the underworld; the connivance of police in perpetuating crime; the political interference for the haves at the cost of the havenots; the glaring dividing line between want and luxury; the price of honesty. And above all, the blind eye of justice that lets criminals off when some clever lawyer twists its arms, when evidence i tampered with, to frame an innocent, and let the guilty off the hook. Until a messiah emerges on the scene who is a self-appointed policeman, who makes his own rules, tries his own judgements. He is Shahenshah a terror to the underworld, and its accomplices in the corridors of power.


(From the official press booklet)