Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Abbas Mustan|
|Produced by||Girish Jain|
Aadesh K. Arjun (dialogues)
|Story by||S. Khan|
|Music by||Ramesh Iyer|
|Edited by||Hussain A. Burmawala|
Venus Records & Tapes,
Khiladi (transl. Player) is a 1992 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Abbas Mustan. The film was Akshay Kumar's breakthrough role and also stars Ayesha Jhulka, Deepak Tijori and Sabeeha, while Prem Chopra, Shakti Kapoor, Anant Mahadevan and Johnny Lever played supporting roles.
Khiladi was the first installment in a series of unrelated films which had Khiladi in the title and Akshay Kumar in the leading role: Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994), Sabse Bada Khiladi (1995), Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996), Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi (1997), International Khiladi (1999), Khiladi 420 (2000) and Khiladi 786 (2012).
Rajveer "Raj" Malhotra, Boney, Neelam Choudhary and Sheetal Nath are four college pranksters. Raj is the younger brother of Inspector Suresh Malhotra; Boney probably has no relatives; Sheetal is the daughter of minister Kailash Nath; and Neelam is a rich heiress with her uncle as her only living relative. Raj and Neelam, as well as Boney and Sheetal, are romantically involved.
Raj is a habitual gambler who has yet to lose, but when he bets that he can extort money from Kailash, the remaining gang is skeptical. As per the bet, they trick Kailash into believing that Sheetal is kidnapped, while in reality, they have housed themselves in a cottage outside Bombay belonging to Pillai. When Raj makes the bet, he decides that Boney will pose as a kidnapper with him. Raj puts his plan into action and Kailash gets moving. Kailash panics and decides to not to alert the police. However, one of his aides becomes suspicious. On deciding that Sheetal has been kidnapped, Suresh is saddled with the case. Learning this, the group panics. Kailash, however, delivers the money, ignorant of the development. Raj and Boney recover the money and go to meet the still skeptical females. Neelam sees them coming and goes to receive them. She is surprised to see the money and the trio calls Sheetal.
Sheetal arrives with a strange look on her face and collapses dead — revealing a knife in her back. The gang is taken unawares by this unexpected development, but quickly recovers and hides Sheetal's body before anyone gets a scent. They successfully evade the suspicions of Suresh and finally manage to hide Sheetal's body in the trunk of a car parked in a theatre parking. Sheetal's body is found and her kidnappers become prime suspects. Meanwhile, some strange developments are taking place: a dancer named Julie blackmails Kailash. It is revealed that Julie is a well-known dancer, but has been blackmailing Kailash for quite some time.
She asks a hefty amount; Kailash refuses. She threatens him and tells him to attend a dance show she has arranged. There, Kailash is supposed to give her the money as a prize. Neelam gets a pleasant surprise when her uncle shows up to see how she is doing. Coincidentally, he is going to attend the function too. Raj and Boney decide to participate. On learning about Julie's meeting with Kailash, Suresh thinks that there is more to the case than it appears. Boney gets on stage to dance with Julie and, in the middle of the dance, recognizes her as the woman who nearly killed them.
Realizing that those accidents were more than a coincidence, he decides to confront her after the show. After the show, Neelam goes to her hostel while Raj goes home. Meanwhile, Suresh becomes confident that the trio is involved in the case. He confronts Raj, who tells the truth. Here, Boney comes to meet Julie, only to see her dressing room door is locked. He hears some voices and peeps through a keyhole.
Julie is with a man whom Boney is unable to see. Boney's suspicion proves correct: Julie tells the man that she tried to kill the gang on his orders. She blackmails the man, too, and he kills her. At this point, Boney sees the killer and flees. The killer is alerted of Boney's presence and sends goons to kill him. Raj and Suresh try to find Boney after they realize that he is missing. Meanwhile, Boney is stabbed and about to be killed by the goons when the brothers arrive. After Raj single-handedly takes on the goons, Boney tells him that Neelam is in danger before becoming unconscious.
Raj calls Neelam and alerts her; the phone gets suddenly disconnected. He rushes to her hostel with Suresh. Neelam is alone in the hostel and is horrified to find that the watchman is already dead. Meanwhile, Raj tells the truth to Suresh. Neelam gets attacked by the killer. She doesn't get to see his face but is able to defend herself. She succeeds in throwing him out of the window, thinking that he is dead. As she is gasping for breath, the killer is revealed to be her uncle.
She is shocked. He tries to kill her. Raj and Suresh arrive in time to arrest him. While in lockup, he reveals the truth: He is not Neelam's uncle. He is the manager of her estate, who was given her custody by her dying father, as Neelam had no other living relatives. He thought that he would get at least some part of the estate as her guardian, but her father's will revealed that when she turns 18, he will lose all the estate to her. According to another clause, if she died before turning 18, he would inherit the estate.
Neelam's premature death had to be natural, not foul play. Since he couldn't risk becoming a suspect, he sent Neelam to Bombay under the guise of higher education. He hired Julie to kill the gang and to write off Neelam's death as an accident. When Julie failed, he took the matter in his own hands. On learning the gang's plan, he went to the cottage and killed Sheetal, mistaking her for Neelam. After his testimony, the gang is exonerated. Boney recovers and the gang gives Kailash his money back. Kailash forgives them, telling them to not to play such a rude prank with anyone.
- Akshay Kumar as Raj Malhotra
- Ayesha Jhulka as Neelam Choudhary
- Deepak Tijori as Boney
- Sabeeha as Sheetal Nath
- Anant Mahadevan as Neelam's Uncle
- Johnny Lever as Anna Pillai
- Prem Chopra as Kailash Nath
- Shakti Kapoor as Suresh Malhotra
- Beena Banerjee as Suresh Malhotra's Wife
- Kunika as Julie
- Sharat Saxena as Bahadur Singh
- Guddi Maruti as Neelam and Sheetal's College Friend "Wada Pao"
- Dinyar Contractor as College Principal
- Tinu Anand as College Professor P.K. Mare
- Amrutlal Patel as Police Constable
- Manmauji as College Canteen Manager
- Harpal Singh as Raj's College Friend
- Sharad Sankla as Raj's College Friend "Charlee"
- Ghanshyam Rohera as Librarian
- Suresh Bhagwat as Kailash Nath's Servant
- Vikas Anand as Bank Manager
Jatin-Lalit composed the soundtrack, which featured in the top 5 best selling albums of 1992. Despite the music being a huge success, directors Abbas-Mustan never repeated Jatin-Lalit for any of their future projects. The music was released on Venus Records and Tapes (now called as Venus Worldwide Entertainment). The background music was conducted by Ramesh Iyer and Pradeep Lad.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Venus Records & Tapes|
|1||"Wada Raha Sanam"||Abhijeet, Alka Yagnik||06:02||Anwar Sagar|
|2||"Wada Raha Sanam"||Abhijeet( Not used in the Film)||06:05||Anwar Sagar|
|3||"Khud Ko Kya Samajhti Hai"||Abhijeet, Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sapna Mukherjee||06:35||Shyam Raj|
|4||"Hoke Mann Aaj Magan"||Asha Bhosle, Abhijeet, Udit Narayan||05:07||Mahendra Dehlvi|
|5||"Kya Khabar Thi Jaana"||Asha Bhosle, Abhijeet||05:00||Dev Kohli|
|6||"Dekha Teri Mast"||Asha Bhosle, Kumar Sanu||05:48||Mahendra Dehlvi|
|7||"Tu Shama Main Parwana Tera"||Abhijeet, Alisha Chinai||07:20||Dev Kohli|
|8||"Hum Yaar Hain Yaaron Ke" (Happy)||Abhijeet, Udit Narayan (Not used in the Film)||Mahendra Dehlvi|
|9||"Hum Yaar Hain Yaaron Ke" (Sad)||Abhijeet (Not used in the Film)||Mahendra Dehlvi|