Mohra (1994)

Rajiv Rai - Director / Viju Shah - Music (with special thanks to Brad Fiedel)

Anand Bakshi/Indeevar - Lyrics / Running time: 2 hours 57 minutes

Own it!

I've had several requests for this next movie, so it's high time I addressed it! Mohra (trans: "pawn") is an interesting action movie that is rather well-done! As much as I like to poke fun at botched stunts and obvious misses with punches, this movie doesn't have very many of those to call attention to. As such, it's almost refreshing to see stunts done with skill! Not only is it more proficient in the action arena, the story here is more than just flying knees and elbows. Also of note, this film does get a little on the bloody side, so just in case anyone is squeamish, I've put the advisory up. Perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's see who we have with us this time out!

First up is Mr. Tough Guy himself, Akshay Kumar (Atul!). It's been a long time since he's showed up here, but we all remember and enjoy his exploits in  Andaaz, Bewafaa, Jaani Dushman, and Khakee. We're a lot closer to his "I'm just here to kick everybody's asses" mode with this movie, which I can't imagine anyone has a problem with.

Also with us is Raveena Tandon, previously seen in Jung. She's here doing what she does best - enthusiastic dance numbers and getting herself into trouble!

Naseeruddin Shah is here, having joined us in such previous outings as Asambhav, Tridev and China Gate (short). He always brings his best to the screen, and this film is no exception. He adds just a touch of class to all of the kicking.

Let's not forget that we also have Gulshan Grover. He's been with us in Ram Jaane, the deplorable Dhund - The Fog, and the ever-so-amusingly named Taarzan - The Wonder Car.

I'd like to make a special mention and apology here to Mr. Sunil Shetty, whom we've not seen since Jaani Dushman, over three years ago. I swear it's nothing personal, Mr. Shetty. I'm very sorry.

For this outing, we have on the roster:

Vishal Agnihotri (Sunil Shetty) - Our protagonist. He's in prison for avenging the deaths of several people. He might be convinced to pay that debt to society back via other methods.
Amar Saxena (Akshay Kumar) - A tough, no-nonsense cop with a zeal for law enforcement. He'll go to any lengths to get his man.
Roma Singh (Raveena Tandon) - The daughter of a police commissioner and a hard-nosed magazine editor. She takes Vishal's tale to heart, and seeks to free him. She also gets into a fair amount of trouble to keep things interesting.
Mr. Jindal (Naseeruddin Shah) - A powerful man in the city, who wields great influence in shady circles. Also of note, he's blind.
Jibran (Raza Murad) - One of two major crime lords in town. He's (perhaps) the more level-headed and professional of the pair.
Tyson (Gulshan Grover) - The other major crime lord, more emotional and impulsive. Enjoys the phrase "dirty mind," and makes great use of it. By "great" I mean "damn near constantly."
Kashinath Sahu (Paresh Rawal) - The comic relief. He's one of the cops that works with Amar, but is easy to persuade to your side if you've got the cash.
Priya Agnihotri (Poonam Jhawer) - Vishal's wife. For a while, anyway!

Much like another film's "borrowed" soundtrack, Mohra owes a debt of gratitude to Brad Fiedel, composer of the music in The Terminator. This movie tends to toss that around whenever there's a quiet moment.



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