This film was one of the early products of King Khan's attempts to portray
diverse roles. It is worth noting that this action packed movie was released
just months before the evergreen romantic DDLJ, where the bloody Ram Jaane transforms
into a hearty Raj through an exhibition of some awesome versatility. Ram Jaane
is a powerful movie, and when viewed with the right perspective, is as thought
provoking as entertaining.
Shah Rukh is an abandoned child who grows in a basti with his friend
Vivek Mushran. As for the name Ram Jaane, it is the usual refrain from anyone
whom he asks for his name. Since he cannot know his real name, he does the next
best thing - he adopts the refrain as his name.
Also in the basti is the girl of his dreams, Juhi Chawla. While Juhi and Vivek
go to school, Shah Rukh teams up with Pankaj Kapoor and works for Tinu Anand,
a smuggler. In an encounter with a rival gang, Tinu is killed and Shah Rukh
in turn shoots Tinu's killer. Shah Rukh is jailed and leaves all his property
in the custody of Pankaj Kapoor. On his release, he asks for his share, which
Pankaj refuses to concede under the pretext that the whole business is run by
Gulshan Grover, a politician, and that he (Kapoor) is merely his pawn.
Shah Rukh's romantic life too runs into rough weather, as Juhi loves Vivek and
not him. Vivek, seizing the opportunity, asks Juhi to reform Shah Rukh as a
true measure of her love. While Juhi asks Shah Rukh to give up his ways of life
in return for her hand, he insults her as woman with loose morals and drives
her away. Things worsen when Gulshan Grover plans to grab Ram Jaane's beloved
basti for a building contractor. Ram Jaane finds a mission and goes about
it in the usual Bollywood style. Yet, the climax is riveting and poignant.
Shah Rukh Khan turns in an energetic performance. His flamboyant dialogue delivery
and colorful and eccentric dress code appeal to the classes and the masses alike
- at least to the latter. The music by Anu Malik is quite catchy. The film didn't
do well at the box office, but is still worth a watch if you don't mind lots
of emotion and violence.