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     41992 171’ col/scope Hindi 
     5d/co-p Indra Kumar pc Maruti International 
     6co-p Vinod Doshi, Ashok Thakeria 
     7st K. Bhagyaraj sc Gyandev Agnihotri 
     8dial Kamlesh Pandey lyr Sameer c Baba Azmi 
     9m Anand-Milind, Vanraj Bhatia 
     10lp Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Aruna Irani, 
     11Laxmikant Berde, Akash Khurana, Ajitesh, 
     12Anupam Kher, Rita Bhaduri 
     15A rich widower (Khurana) marries Laxmi 
     16(Irani) to provide a mother for his infant son 
     17Raju. However, she is an evil woman who 
     18schemes to appropriate her husband’s property 
     19by having him locked away, making her 
     20stepson emotionally dependent on her and 
     21moving in with her equally villainous brother 
     22(Kher). Raju (Kapoor) grows up an illiterate 
     23peasant, but when he marries Saraswati (Dixit), 
     24the new daughter-in-law sets things right. The 
     25major dramatic pivot constitutes the assembling 
     26of a new patriarchy around Raju and around 
     27the contradiction of ‘bad’ characters being 
     28positioned in positive roles: e.g. the daughterin- 
     29law must persecute the evil Laxmi without 
     30tarnishing Laxmi’s authority as her mother-inlaw, 
     31and Raju himself has to accede to new 
     32notions of morality - including economic 
     33independence from the joint family - while the 
     34narrative must sustain his symbolic regard for 
     35his stepmother. After his second success (Dil, 
     36in 1990, was his first) Indra Kumar went on to 
     37make it three-in-a-row with Raja (1995), all 
     38starring Madhuri Dixit. The film is notorious 
     39mainly for its erotic picturisation of the Dhak 
     40dhak number (Anand Patwardhan later refers 
     41to the song in Father Son and Holy War, 1994, 
     42as epitomising male fantasy).