|Directed by||Shivam Nair|
|Produced by||Dhillin Mehta|
|Written by||Uttam Gada|
|Based on||There's Always A Price Tag|
by James Hadley Chase
|Music by||Shibani Kashyap|
|Edited by||Aarti Bajaj|
Maharathi is a Hindi film produced by Dhilin Mehta. The film was directed by Shivam Nair and stars Paresh Rawal, Neha Dhupia, Naseeruddin Shah, Boman Irani, Om Puri and Tara Sharma. The film's music is by Shibani Kashyap. The movie's plot is heavily inspired by a James Hadley Chase novel, "There's Always a Price Tag".
The film opens as Jai Singh Adenwaala (Naseeruddin Shah) gets into an accident due to drunk driving but is saved from death by Subhash Sharma (Paresh Rawal). As Jai Singh is seriously drunk, Subhash hails a taxi and decides to drop him home. Once at the Adenwaala Bunglow, Jai Singh invites Subhash inside to thank him. He introduces him to his wife, Malika (Neha Dhupia) a glamorous but shady young lady and his lawyer and friend, AD Merchant (Boman Irani). He then ends up hiring Subhash as his chauffeur, much to the chagrin of Mallika. Merchant also develops a dislike for him. Malika tries her best to get Subhash out of the house but Subhash's cleverness and quick wit saves him every time.
As Subhash spends time with the Adenwaala couple, he comes to know about the true intentions of Malika, to kill Jai Singh in order to get the 24 crore of his insurance claim. This is further proved when Malika throws Jai Singh's asthma inhaler out of the window when he needed it. This time Jai Singh is saved by Subhash once again as he gets him the inhaler just in time.
It is revealed that Adenwaala is neck deep in loans and very depressed due to his constant drinking and Malika's desperate attempts to kill him. He calls Subhash and Malika and hands Subhash a letter. He then tells Malika about a little change he had made in his insurance policy. According to the conditions in the policy, the insurance money could only be claimed if Jai Singh is murdered and not if he commits suicide. Jai Singh says that he knows Malika will try to make his suicide appear a murder. Saying this, he shoots himself. Malika rushes to call the police but Subhash convinces her that together they can prove his suicide a murder. Subhash offers to partner up with her on the condition that they will split the insurance money in half. Mallika, though initially hesitates but later accepts Subhash's offer. Then they decide to hide Jai Singh body in the freezer to stop it from decaying,the Subhash plan a way to prove the suicide a murder on his way to execute the plan Malika is killed in an accident. Subhash now uses his wits to claim the insurance money to himself and is successful in it then he leads a luxurious life out of Jai Singh's money
- Paresh Rawal as Subhash Sharma
- Neha Dhupia as Mallika Adenwalla
- Tara Sharma as Swati
- Boman Irani as AD Merchant
- Om Puri as ACP Gokhale
- Naseeruddin Shah as Jaisingh Adenwalla
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