Gangaa Jamuna Saraswathi (1988)


I sometimes think of Manmohan Desai’s films as being like a rodeo saddle bronc ride: as they erupt from the gate, the rider (i.e. director) is in control of the horse (i.e. story), and excitement builds until the rider is either tossed off or jumps off after his 8 seconds are up. Either way it ends with an out-of-control animal loose in the arena and the cowboy sprawled in the dust. In Gangaa Jamuna Saraswathi the rider is tossed off about halfway through his 8 seconds. Up to that point, the movie entertains with its twists and turns and stunning visuals; but the second half goes haywire until it tires itself out and limps to its conclusion. Too bad! because it had real potential.

Thakur Hansraj Singh (Amrish Puri) loots a temple of its golden idol in order to sell it abroad. When his brother-in-law (Trilok Kapoor) confronts him, he kills him and then swindles his own sister (Nirupa Roy) and her son Gangaa out of their home and inheritance. Young Gangaa vows vengeance as they leave their home.


Years later, Hansraj’s son—now grown from a little monster into an adult (and fairly effeminate) one—is being entertained by dancing girl Saraswathi (Jaya Pradha). When he attempts to rape her, Gangaa (Amitabh Bachchan) rides to her rescue like a knight in shining armor: his steed is his truck (driven by faithful friend Bansi), and his sword a tire-iron.


A fabulous entrance, even by Bachchan-Desai standards!


He beats up his cousin’s various henchmen and exits (with Saraswathi) through the opposite wall of the house.


I am thrilled. So is Saraswathi! She and Gangaa perform a fabulous song and dance in the bed of his truck, transformed with carpets, candelabrum, and even a hookah. I will say here that Anu Malik’s songs in this are fun (and picturized in cracktastic fashion), but Lata’s singing diminishes their appeal greatly for me—her aged and quavery-screechy voice does not fit the beautiful Jaya Pradha at all.


Although Saraswati is clearly smitten with Gangaa, and he likes her, he does not return her feelings in kind.

Now we meet bad guy Bhima (Jack Gaud) as he rapes some poor girl. He is interrupted by the arrival of the Thakur and his son, who need him to retrieve a chest from the croc-infested pond they use to hide things in (Bhima’s father, at the beginning of the film, has the same job and is played by one of my favorite actors, Dev Kumar—whom I think of fondly as the Indian Lurch).


But I digress. Bhima retrieves the chest filled with guns for the Thakur, which he instructs his henchmen to use for one of those wonderfully non-specific but nefarious plots so beloved in Hindi cinema.


Bhima has one more request for Hansraj: he needs some money so that he can marry the girl of his dreams, Jamuna. Jamuna herself (Meenakshi Sheshadri) cannot stand Bhima, and when he tries to force her into marriage she manages to escape by jumping into the back of Gangaa’s passing truck, now filled with bananas. He finds her when the truck is stopped because of an accident—he slips and falls on a banana peel that she has flung onto the road.


The accident has closed the road for the night, but he kicks her out of the truck. When it starts pouring rain, though, he feels guilty. Bansi tells him about a hotel nearby which only takes married couples (how very Mills and Boon!) and Gangaa and Jamuna spend a slapstick-filled night in a room furnished only with one bed and a clearly mechanical mouse.


The next morning Bhima arrives looking for Jamuna. The ever-gallant Gangaa beats him up and delivers him to the policemen who are following Bhima with the girl he had raped previously (hurray! police who do the right thing!). Grateful Jamuna declares her love for Gangaa, and the other truck drivers gather around.


Gangaa is not reluctant, and their new-found love is celebrated with a rousing song and dance: Disco Bhangra! An aging Amitabh in leather and silver lame (and sporting a single silver glove, Michael Jackson style). I don’t know whether to be enthralled or horrified, truly.


Gangaa and Bansi drop Jamuna at home where she’s greeted by her aunt (Aruna Irani). They make a plan to attend a qawwali performance by a favorite singer, Shankar, that night. On his way home afterwards Gangaa runs into some of his truck-driving colleagues, who have been stopped to pay a tax on a public road which the Chhote Thakur has “taken over.”


The inevitable outcome is that Gangaa beats up his cousin again. Meanwhile, the Thakur himself is hosting a party and has instructed the local police in the person of corrupt Inspector Goga (Goga Kapoor) to ensure that the musician Shankar (Mithun Chakraborty) shows up to perform.


Shankar humiliates the Thakur in front of his guests, which naturally enrages him. At that evening’s performance, Jamuna spontaneously joins Shankar on stage and he falls in love with the unknown (to him) dancer. He is unable to pursue her because the police show up at the end of his song to arrest him for spying. Although he escapes (with—yes!—the help of Gangaa), he is wounded in the arm by a police bullet. Gangaa takes him home to Ma:


Of course they are! So Gangaa scoops the bullet out of brave Shankar, and they bond like brothers. He takes Shankar home, and they stop on the way at a bar where they sing a drunken song about their newly acquired friendship.


They also discuss the women they love, who of course is Jamuna. When Shankar reaches the temple where his father is a priest, the police are predictably waiting for him. He is arrested and sentenced to two years in prison.

Shankar comes across a group of men about to toss a cobra into a fire. He rescues the snake and scolds the men (who are appropriately ashamed), and gives the snake some milk to drink from his own hands. I figure a cobra is going to be a pretty useful friend at some point!


Gangaa also continues to romance Jamuna until one day she falls into a frozen river. Gangaa rescues her, but she is chilled to the bone and passes out. Luckily there is some sort of cottage nearby, where Gangaa realizes that in order to save her he will have to use his own body heat to warm her up (again so Mills and Boon). He takes off her wet choli and then his sweater. But this being an Indian film, or perhaps more accurately a Manmohan Desai film, he is unable to stop himself from…well, the screen cap tells the story.


(Yes, that is a cobweb tearing.) I am appalled and speechless, as is my sister.


I scribble on my notepad: ARGHHH!!!! Marta bangs the palm of her hand against her forehead.

He promises to marry her immediately, but somehow Inspector Goga and the Thakur have found the remote cottage and they rush in.


They arrest Gangaa for assault and he is sentenced to two years in prison. This being an Indian film (again), Jamuna is pregnant; she gives birth to a boy with the help of none other than Saraswati, who comes to her rescue when the other villagers want to stone poor immoral Jamuna.


A year and three months later (if my math is correct, and it occasionally is), Gangaa is about to be released from prison and Thakur Hansraj has new instructions for his man Ranga.


Ganga is met outside the gates of Central Jail by Jamuna, their little boy, and Bansi.


Their happiness is short-lived. As Bansi drives them home in the truck, Ranga blows up a bridge as they cross it. Jamuna is swept away in the rushing waters; faithful Bansi is killed in the explosion; and Gangaa manages to save the baby but cannot find Jamuna.

What will happen now? Will Jamuna be rescued? What has happened to Shankar (he must be out of jail now too)? And will poor Saraswathi’s selfless love for Gangaa ever be rewarded? To find out, you will have to sit through the long, drawn-out mess that is the rest of this film.

Amitabh is too old and tired-looking to really appeal as a hero. His undeniable charm and charisma are still there, but weary. This was my introduction to both Meenakshi Sheshadri and Jaya Prada, I think; I liked them both a lot—they were feisty, beautiful and could dance up a storm—although Lata singing for them was just wrong. Sorry. It has to be said. Mithun is wasted in his role—so much more could have been done with him.

And the plot gets too complicated and fragmented, even for Manmohan Desai. Amrish Puri’s Thakur is missing for a large chunk of it; instead we have the lisping ineffectual Chhote Thakur and Bhima, who is just a thug. The true evil which is necessary to anchor a film like this is simply not there. Also, one has to wonder why Gangaa—who has sworn vengeance as a small child—is basically loafing around with only occasional dust-ups with his inept cousin. He seems to have abandoned his plan to avenge himself and Ma on “Demon Uncle.” There are of course plenty of fun things to laugh at, most of which I have mentioned above. I am sad to say, too, that the big “ewwww” also noted above essentially puts a dent in my heretofore unabashed affection for Mr. Desai. The cowboy is staggering out of the rodeo barn.

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62 Comments to “Gangaa Jamuna Saraswathi (1988)”

  1. Great way to describe a Manmohan Desai movie ( or indeed for that matter most mainstream Bollywood movie). Indeed, the comparison of the movie maker with a rider is very accurate. I never could think of this comparison myself, but from now on, I will always make this comparison, while wondering why movies that begin so promisingly lose their plot midway.

    Personally I disliked this movie. May be I should have thought in terms of the horse and the rider. The horse in this case was too much to handle for the rider. :)

    • I liked the first half just fine, but it really went off the rails, even for him. He completely lost control of what was going on! Not my favorite MD for sure.

  2. Oh I bypassed this movie. An ageing AB is not something to waste 3 hours on.

    I think among all Manmohan Desai flicks – Amar Akbar Anthony is my eternal favorite.

    • Poor AB was not really the problem here :) There were many other more serious ones! I don’t know if I can pick a favorite Desai film (and I haven’t seen them all yet either) but it’s pretty safe to say that this one can compete for the least favorite.

      • Does it mater ? Still this movie celebrated
        1.100 days in Metro cinema – in kolkata
        2.Repeated time get re relaesed .
        3.4 th top grosser in 1988.
        3.still today hot favourite in prime time movie slot – especially in Zee cinema.

        Yest Poor AB can only do this. even his failure used to be a milestone for other actors.

  3. I know it is not a nice feeling to harbour but I always HATED HATED HATED Manmohan Desai for making such brain dead movies. Especially with MY hero. :)

    • We’ll have to agree to disagree on the brain-dead thing; this was surely was, but I think most of his others had a lot of subtext which was very interesting. I can watch some of his films over and over and pick up new things from them! And I think Amitabh must have had a great time being in these films. Manmohan Desai is never boring (I cannot even accuse this one of that)!

      • Unless you are BollyBob capable of being a cockeyed humorist
        what subtext exists in his movies? They all have horrible value
        systems epitomized by the cobwebs tearing. With the honourable
        exception(but what an exception!) of AAA, they are ALL uniformly horrible. I never understood what Amitabh saw in this association (except of course MONEY)
        And I say this as a fan of Dara Singh movies. :)

        • Not everything has to have “substance” to be good, but as I said—we’ll just have to agree to disagree re: MD’s films having any. I’m a fairly staunch feminist (you might have guessed?) but this is the first time I remember truly being appalled at the way a woman was treated (at least by the hero) in one of his movies. I’m not always thrilled with the way they are treated in his films, but that goes for many many Hindi movies. At least the women in his movies are generally strong. This, though, was really unforgivable.

  4. I LOVE this film in an ashamed way, as i usually do love the 80’s backwass that Amitabh used to implode in! Jaya and Meenakshi were great dancers and had a bit of chemistry with their Uncle Amitabh! Though the sex scene reminded me of Aa Gale Lag Jaa, where shashi had to warm up Sharmila, except this scene was more OTT(ripped cobwebs anyone??)!
    I however did suffer a mental breakdown in Disco Bhangra scene, the stooopid glove and MJ moves utterly horrified me!

    • I KNEW I had seen a similar scene to the cobweb one, of course it was AGLJ (and MD again)…but I don’t remember being as horrified by it as I was by this one. This was just….incomprehensibly WRONG on every level.

      Disco Bhangra made my head hurt.

  5. offtopic: you know who nirupa roy looks like? an older norah jones? no?

    • I can sort of see that, especially around the mouth. Young Nirupa was quite pretty too!

      • I remember watching this movie as a kid and found it pretty horrible. Gave me half a headache.
        Nirupa Roy looked quite good when she was younger. Would be lovely if you could review some of her movies as heroine like Har Har Mahadev(1950/49) and the like.
        She was one of the better heroines in the 50s.

  6. I’m glad I’ve never seen this film – and, despite that mechanical mouse, I don’t think I’m keen on seeing it either. Ageing AB + Screechy Lata + Mithun (at any age) isn’t quite my cup of tea. Somehow, there are actually very few films from the 80’s that I really like. Especially the late 80’s.

    • Madhu, I will tell you that I have seen this so that you don’t have to. And yes, agree about the 80s. They are abysmal by and large. But I keep trying!

  7. GJS was a big flop and MD stopped directing movies afterwards.
    I can still remember reading his interviews before the release of this movie, where he said, that either it is going to be the biggest hit of his career or the biggest flop. Alas (!), it was the latter!
    And he said he wanted Lata to sing all the songs. He said Raj Kapoor had an advantge in that that he made romantic movies and had Lata sing all the songs and thus they all became big hits and this he wanted for GJS as well.
    Jaya Pradha married during the shooting of GJS and MD was very much disappointed. To quote him: “She could have married, but she didn’t have to reveal it to everybody”. According to him a heroine loses her sex appeal when everybody knows that she is a married woman! *argh*
    He didn’t really use the word sex appeal but somehting to that affect.
    I think I stopped liking MD movies after AAA!
    And does Saraswathi die in the end, as her name suggests?
    I agree with dustedoff: I also like only very few films from the 80s. The late 80s are the worst!
    Wish you better luck next time!
    Bad film, good review!

    • RK made movies when Lata could sing…she really should have retired IMO by the mid-70s. Jaya Pradha is BEAUTIFUL though, especially towards the end of this one. Alas, her fate runs true to Hindi cinema nautch-girl-with-golden-heart form! That is all I will say :)

  8. I bought this movie because of the “Disco Bhangra” scene, which I find both funny and horrifying. But I’ve never been able to finish it. Maybe some night after a few stiff drinks.

    • I recommend drinking to go with this one highly. There are many many drinking games that could be made up to add to the fun: Gangaa saves someone! Shots for everybody! or: Well, THAT made no sense! Shots for everybody!


  9. i like this move buddy ..this is very nice

  10. Cobweb? Really? My first reaction was a loud guffaw, which was quickly suppressed because, you know, I am in office, and randomly laughing alone may be injurious to your career health.

  11. Even for MD, the cobweb scene was WAYY OTT.

    (Somebody mentioned AGLJ, that was merely shrug, MD :) )

    This was Amitabh trying to redux phase. I think I remember this, Toofan and Aaj Ka Arjun … all totally the pits.

    Did I mention that the review totally makes up for having watched this, though ?

    • Yes, AGLJ’s scene was not even close to the horribleness of the scene in this. UGH UGH UGH!

      And you are nice :) Glad it at least maybe somewhat makes up for it!

  12. lol at cobweb tearing.. saw this movie ages agoo.. totally forgot the story… but burst into laughing reading it..

  13. Did you notice another theme / pattern in 80’s films. The whole woman molesting thing was really popular. It began in the 80’s lasted thorugh part of the 90’s. You will normally find the main villains molesting the female leads or some poor extra. Female leads will usually have a rescuer but the extras wont always be so lucky.
    For a time it was mandatory for the hero’s sister / mother to be molested and his father killed for us to really understand why the hero must indulge in mindless bashing up of the baddies.

    • I haven’t seen a whole lot of 80s films yet. It’s kind of the final frontier in my quest for greater Hindi film knowledge. But I am very leery of them, because a great many of the ones I have seen (esp. post 1983 or so) have really really really really sucked.

  14. Memsaab – if u want a triple treat ie ur fav shammi, sanjeev and meenakshi in a film then watch “Hero” – also an early 80s movie. I hope the fact that it was made by Subhash Ghai does not put u off. Songs were good and so were performances esp Shammi and Sanjeev.

  15. Sorry forgot to add – Jackie Shroff was the hero and the film’s success made him a big hero too! I liked the movie for Shammi and Sanjeev

    • I have seen Hero (forgot that Meenakshi was in that!) and I LOVED it as I recall. Will need to watch it again now :) And I quite like several of Subhash Ghai’s films: Kalicharan, Karz, Hero, Khal Nayak, Kisna (yes, I liked Kisna)…


  16. On a different note have you seen Shekhar Kapoor’s Masoom. Aanother wimpy Naseer and beauuuuuuutiful Shabana and awwww so sweet kiddies thing about ‘what-is-the-kids-fault-if-the-adults-stuff-up’.
    In the ‘dark ages’ of the 80’s movies like these were the only breaths of fresh air :)

  17. Yes, Masoom is a lovely film – so different from the usual 80’s fare. Nice music, and a pre-teen Urmila Matondkar as well. And so refreshingly offbeat.

  18. Haha..easily one my least fav. MD Films…were he getting too overconfident by this time??? Was the magic fading??? I dunno but Disco Bhangra used to be one of my most fav. songs as a kid…lol…Though I saw it on youtube and find it to be hilariously Bad!

  19. If you want to watch movies of 1980s then “Namak Halal” is a decent movie. It was made by Prakash Mehra and I think that the movies of Prakash Mehra were more sensible compared to Manmohan Desa movies of 1980s.

  20. I love Namak Halal (and Prakash Mehra too)…but sensible can be overrated :-)

  21. Some good 80s movie include – Sparsh, Chasheme Budoor, Angoor (?), Shakti (AB Snr & Dilip Kumar), Namak Halal, Naseeb, Hero, Mr India, QSQT etc

  22. I HATE this movie. This is the movie I remember when people say AB of the 80s and I can’t begin to tell you how much it tarnished the 80s for me. I don’t remember the cobweb scene (bleurgh! barf! barf! barf!) but I remember the hypothermia rape and this one bothered me about ten times more than the one in AGLJ. But the stupid melodrama still bugs me and it’s only made worse by the fact that it’s Jaya Pradha at the crux of it. I hate this movie so much it almost ruined Meenakshi Seshadri for me and I had to “rediscover” her when I grew up.

    Man, just talking about it makes me feel like I just went on a shrink’s couch to talk about my childhood molestation. Cheee.

  23. memsaab – I presume you know or worked out the connection between Shammi Kapoor and Manmohan Desai – MD’s son Ketan Desai is married to Shammi’s daughter.

  24. I did know that :) Beyond that, their association goes back to MD directing Shammi in Bluffmaster in 1963; and in 1966 Shammi roped him in to direct Budtameez knowing that MD was in financial difficulty. They were good friends.

  25. Sadly for a man who celeberated life through positive messages in his movies (human values, rising above poverty and difficulties etc), Manmohan Desai committed suicide. – What a tragic end to a talented life!

  26. I LOVE THIS MOVIE! its one of my favourite movies.
    i cant believe this was a flop and how everyones complaining. it was this movie that started to get me watching old movies (of amitabh) and also i started to know and like meenakshi and jaya prada after this.
    jamuna was my favourite.

  27. this was the worst film by MDK and bachchan together

    Bachchan became too old and looked fat post 1984
    and in this too

    Mithun was angry it seems and claimed tht MDK favourited bachchan hence didn’t dub for the film

  28. Mithun did have a stronger role, and was to have a female lead with him in the film, got changed during filming due to amitabh

  29. Whoever’s fault it was (I personally prefer to blame the director or producer, who should in any case have the final say and the courage to stick up for what’s right for the film), it would have been a much better film with more Mithun. I think. Maybe.

  30. amitabh comes with a crocodile on his shoulder in the end. lol. kans mama!

  31. i has watched this movie .. it is really great and Amitabh Bachchan has dune the great role in this movie..

  32. A day before yesterday i watched this movie on zee cinema, and believe me, i simply loved this one. Even i heard bad things about this movie, but it surprised me to shocking extent .. how this was flop ?? It should never be a flop … (though still made 5 crore and was 4th biggest grosser of 1988).

    What i feel is that this movie was flop because it was wrongly publicised, With cast and title of movie no one was having idea that movie revolve around amitabh, minakshi and jaya. and every one was in impression of another AAA. But it was not excatly a MD style movie, it was more like a family drama and liked by female audience.

    GJS is shown on zee cinema for countless number of times due to fact that this movie is loved by female audience for many factors. The movie was flop at that time because of wrong publicity and impression. If poster of movie just display Amitabh, Minakshi and Jaya (Rather than amitabh carrying crocodile) … with family drama feel, it would have been a superhit. Anyways .. what i know is that movie is superhit atleast in small screen .. :)

  33. The original script had Amitabh as (Ganga Ram), Jeetendra as (Jamuna Das), and Mithun/Rishi Kapoor as (Saraswati Chandra). Sort of like Amar Akhbar Anthony. Manmohan Desai got his script writer (Prayag Raj) to reinvent the idea and ended up with Meenakshi as Januma and Jara Prada as Saraswati.

    Manmohan Desai originally wanted to make Amar Akbar Anthony Part 2 with the original trio Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor and Vinod khanna. Knowing all the focus would be on Bachchan, Vinod opted out (he also walked out of Prakash Mehra’s Jaadugar) and was replaced with Jeetendra (who previously worked with Desai in Dharam Veer and was supposed to do Navin Nischol’s role in Desh Premee). Rishi Kapoor was rumoured to be unhappy with Desai for his role in Coolie and also decided to opt out as he felt there wasn’t much for him to do and was replaced with Mithun. Kader Khan only had half of the script ready when shooting with the trio even started (all 3 made an appearance in the MileSur song). During filming Desai realised he wasn’t happy with the script and that with Bachchan taking the lead there was very little for Jeetendra and Mithun to do. He then got Prayag Raaj to re write the script with Amitabh, Meenakshi and Jaya Prada playing the central characters. Jeetendra and Mithun’s characters of Meenakshi’s other love interst and a Qawwal singer were moulded into one chracter of Shankar Qawwal. After Amitabh, Mithun was rumoured to be the next big star then, so they dropped Jeetendra.

    Amitabh only did this movie as favour to bail out Desai, who recently suffered huge losses due to his sons movie Allah Rakha flopping. Bachchan was in semi retirement then and had just come back after his stint in politics to bail out friend Tinnu Anand by doing Shehenshah. Though it was panned by most of the critics and didnt do as well as Bachchans previous outings with Desai it was still the most highest grossing movie for that year.

  34. This film started the downfall of Big B’s career, The film released in 1988 in the same yr as Shaheenshah which worked. Amitabh had become old and tired by this film and started putting on weight too. About the film, the less said the better, I second ur thought that Big B forgets about revenge and roams around. The cobweb scene was used in Aa Gale Lag Jaa by MDK.
    It seems Mithun was angry as MDK favoured Big B and refused to dub for the film hence Sudesh Bhosle had to do the dubbing for him.

  35. Lousy film with a haggard amit. Mithun was given a raw deal. Wonder why he agreed to do this film since he wa at the peak of his career then.

  36. Great review. I saw the premiere of this movie in 1988 at Metro Cinema, Bombay. Amitabh Bachchan, Meenakshi Seshadri, Manmohan Desai were all there. Within half an hour into the movie, the crowd was restless since we were clearly witnessing the first Amitabh debacle after the several years. In terms of box-office, tickets were available in current booking in the first week itself and Metro pulled the movie out after 4 weeks (unheard of since our Amitabh standard for those days was a minimum of 25 weeks). Maratha Mandir re-released the film in the 5th week but that was only because the owner was the president of the Amitabh Bachchan Fan Club (Manoj Desai, who also produced Khuda Gawah). My top reasons for its failure:

    1. Fallout of Amitabh with Kader Khan, the maestro who wrote the dialogue and screenplay of most of the iconic Bachchan starrers from Adalat to Sharaabi. Kader Khan wrote a part of this film but due to the strained relationship left Ganga Jamuna Saraswathi, Jaadugar, Khuda Gawah midway. The ones he did complete were Agneepath and Hum, both of which were the most appreciated AB films from 1988 to 1992. The result is a poor script and screenplay.
    2. Replacing Laxmikant-Pyarelal with Anu Malik as music director, who did a poor job with Mard, GJS and Toofan.
    3. Fallout of Amitabh with Kishore Kumar, who was again missing in these scores except for one song in GJS and Toofan, both poor compositions. MKD’s Rafi obsession led him to elevate Shabbir Kumar and Mohd. Aziz to levels they were incapable of.
    4. Movie done as a favor for S. Ramanathan who gave Bachchan his first break in Bombay To Goa.
    5. Manmohan Desai directing for an outside banner after several years in a genre that was not his forte i.e. romance, albeit with failed memories and lost-and-found lovers.
    6. No role for Mithun, an audience favorite. In fact, Mithun was so busy in those days that his dates were difficult to obtain. The result – very few scenes with Bachchan and Mithun.
    7. Poor production values – rubber crocodiles, bad audio, night scenes filmed with a blue filter in broad daylight, star cast looking old and haggard for all their roles.

    • Good analysis!
      Probably the script was loose and not gripping.
      Mithun appeared misfit in his role and also his involvement with the role was poor.
      Amitabh obviously appeared aged, although he tried hard to fully justify his intense role.
      I would say that Anu Malik had still done a good job, songs were hit and popular, except may be for that clown type Michel Jackson costume song, which was MMD’s idea, as revealed by AB on his Twitter account!
      The cow web breaking sex scene is superbly shot, you get freezed watching it in cunema hall!
      I would still not say that movie succumbed due to lack of Kader Khan, because such uniting and separations are common in bollywood. Basically it’s a huge team work.
      Manmohan Desai has done full justice to the given script, his visuals and shot takings are superb. Perhaps he needed to do some more work in script and replacement of Mithun by Rishi Kapoor or Vinod Khanna or even Govinda – with more screen presence.
      I liked this movie, in fact, found it very intense movie as compared to other MMD flicks like AAA, Parvarish, Dharam Veer, Suhaag etc which were quite entertaining with no tense moments!!😍💓❤️

  37. MD became a pauper after this film & this led him to commit suicide.

  38. Some of the other reasons for the colossal failure if GJS are:

    1. MIthun felt that his role was shortened by MD & so did not dub for the film.

    2. The age difference between amit & meenakshi seshadri showed.

    3. Length of the film – close to 3 hrs.

    4. Lacklustre script

    It showed that MD was losing his midas touch.

    Sad that the director who gave amit some of his biggest hits also gave him his biggest flops.

  39. The movie was not commercially successful, so sad! It has got all elements of a Manmohan
    Desai’s typical bollywood masala entertainer, that too in its intense form!!

    Personally I liked this movie. It had got everything which an average bollywood fan wishes! 💓😍❤️🎶💥💋 Movie flopped! Is it because of ageing Bachhan or due to change in taste of viewers?

    Well, MMD fans must have liked this movie. It’s a powerful saga of revenge, crime, sex and drama!

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