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Raaj Tilak
Producer: Anil Suri
Director: Raj Kumar Kohli
Starring: Raj Kumar, Dharmendra, Sunil Dutt, Kamal Haasan, Hema Malini, Reena Roy, Ranjeeta Kaur
Music: Kalyanji Anandji
Lyrics: Inder Raj Anand
Genre: Action
Recommended Audience: General
Reviewed by: Pranay Bhagat  - Rating: 5.0 / 10
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Big banners, huge star cast, large shooting extravaganza, gigantic arenas together with lots of extras don’t always produce a great movie though they do cause the producer to become very light in their bank balances. Raj Kumar Kohli was always associated with huge star casts in all his movies, Nagin, Jaani Dushman, or the more recent Jaani Dushman – Ek Anokhi Prem Kahani. Maybe the director did not have enough confidence in his scripts and hence tried to take refuge behind his huge star casts? He used the same strategy for Raaj Tilak.

Everybody in the kingdom is awaiting the arrival of the yet to be born child of the king and praying for their Yuvraj and so are the traitors Bhavani Singh (Ajit) and Madan Puri. The King has his share of loyalists as well in the leader of a tribe Sardar Arjun Singh(Pran) who also happens to be his brother-in-law and his loyal Army chief, Samar Khan (Raj Kumar). Yuvraj is born, but the traitors led by Bhavani Singh attack the palace and despite the best efforts of Samar Khan and Arjun Singh, the king gets fatally wounded and the Yuvraj gets misplaced in the confusion (and to be frank even I got confused as there were 2-3 baby exchanges taking place amongst the children of the King, Bhavani Singh, Arjun Singh).

Samar Khan is falsely implicated in the abduction of the Yuvraj and branded as traitor. He escapes and goes into a hiding with wife Najma (Yogita Bali). Good that they did not show kids for Samar Khan and his brother Jalal Khan played by Raza Murad. The original Yuvraj is brought up by the leader of Banjaras, Om Prakash and becomes Suraj played by Kamal Haasan along with a childhood friend in Sarika. Arjun Singh’s son Jai Singh is brought up as Bhavani Singh’s son by his wife and is played by an over-aged Sunil Dutt.

Arjun Singh has two more sons, Zorawar Singh played by Dharmendra and Shyam Singh played by Rajeev Anand. Hema Malini, who plays Roop is Bhavani Singh’s daughter and falls in love with Zorawar Singh. Bhavani Singh plants his son Shamsher Singh as Yuvraj which is played by a loud speaking Raj Kiran. And of course there is this princess played by Reena Roy who falls in love with (you guessed it right) the banjara, Suraj. By the way they did not show the parents for the princess or any other ministers and army chiefs- looks like the director and the script writer got exhausted with the names and Singhs!

Performance wise one wonders why this movie was even made! Only Kamal Haasan is good. Dharmendra, Sunil Dutt, Hema Malini all look older in this movie and should have played these roles at least 10 years before. Can’t imagine Sunil Dutt and Raj Kiran playing the same age roles. Hema Malini hams a lot in her dialogues. Madan Puri, Yogita Bali are all wasted.

There was no flow in the story, it appears that whenever the stars got available the director assembled his crew and shot some scenes and then the editor had a real hard time in setting the pieces together. If Suraj ended up in prison for the entire second hour, he is forgotten and the story would still move along with other stars. Raj Kumar and Ajit were suitably cast in their roles and so were Pran and Om Prakash. The last song sequence “Aa Gaye, Aa Gaye Aa Gaye” is the only good thing in the entire movie.

Recommendation for the audience; only watch that song in Chitrahaars and Rangolis.

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