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Karan Arjun
Christopher Domingo / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
7.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
NA
NA
NA
NA
Suggestions
Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
Picture a movie that has a mother praying to God to restore her dead sons, God actually doing that, and the sons then avenging their death in their previous birth. Sounds like a Ramsay flick, or, in any case, one that was made some 30 years back, right? With a story line like that, Karan Arjun became one the biggest hits of the nineties, frustrating again all theories being formulated about audience behavior.

One of the reasons was the star cast. Karan Arjun brought together for the first time on screen, the superstar Khans - Shahrukh and Salman. Then, the music was tops - Jaati Hun Main and Ranaji Maaf Karna are just two songs from the film that were runaway hits. A typical Hindi masala movie with loads of action and song and dance sequences, it was the treatment, the script and acting that made Karan Arjun better than the rest.

The story kicks off in rural India with brothers Karan (Salman) and Arjun (Shahrukh) and their loving mother Durga (Rakhee) living a content life as a happy family with a missing father. But soon it is revealed that the brothers are the only grandsons of the rich Thakur who, under the influence of his evil nephew Dhurjan Singh (Amrish Puri), had disowned his son for marrying the poor Durga.

The old man on his deathbed is repentant. Durga tells her sons that the evil Dhurjan killed their father, and heads off to meet their dying granddad. Dhurjan spoils the happy reunion - he murders the Thakur and, with the help of his brothers, brutally kills Karan and Arjun. Disillusioned and angry, Durga invokes the might of the Goddess Kali and pleads for the reincarnation of her sons.

Twenty-five years pass by and Durga's prayers are answered. Karan is reborn as Ajay, a professional street fighter with paramour Mamta Kulkarni, and Arjun is Vijay, an able stable hand in love with Kajol. Kajol happens to be betrothed to Dhurjan's son, and when she is forcefully taken away to Dhurjan's village, Vijay follows with friend Lingaiah (Johnny Lever).

On arrival, everything seems familiar, and eventually he meets Durga and his memories come back. He finds Ajay, and after a bit of convincing, his memory is refreshed too, and the stage is set for the final confrontation.

Like we said before, there is nothing new, but the controlled performances from Shahrukh, Salman and Rakhee, and a great music score, made Karan Arjun the hit that it was. It is not easy to handle two superstars, but Rakesh Roshan did great job of it, and was gifted with a movie that ran for over hundred days.
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Good for kids - NA
Good for dates - NA
Wait to rent it - NA
Mahnoor on 29th Dec 2012, 8:45pm | Permalink
This movie is the best, I' ve seen it about 20 times . Love watching it!!!!!
Mavik Shar on 25th Dec 2005, 5:12pm | Permalink
Both are outstanding in thier roles and the film is super hit forever.
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10
Astria *** on 2nd Jul 2003, 2:58am | Permalink
i thought the movie was the best!
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10
Muzammil Ansari on 2nd Aug 2002, 2:19pm | Permalink
its a real cool movie i have seen it 15 times
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10
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