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1991 213’ col/scope Hindi d/st Subhash Ghai pc Mukta Arts sc Sachin Bhowmick dial Kamlesh Pandey lyr Anand Bakshi c Ashok Mehta m Laxmikant- Pyarelal lp Dilip Kumar, Raaj Kumar, Vivek Mushran, Manisha Koirala, Anupam Kher, Gulshan Grover, Dina Pathak, Jackie Shroff, Deepti Naval, Dalip Tahil, Mukesh Khanna, Anand Balraj, Amrish Puri

Billed as a clash of titans between the 60s stars Raaj and Dilip Kumar, the conflict between two ageing patriarchs is told as a parable by Mandhari (Kher). The two are bosom buddies in their youth and Bir Singh aka Biru (Dilip Kumar) is supposed to marry Thakur Rajeshwar Singh’s (Raaj Kumar) sister. However, he has to abandon her because honour requires him to save a woman who has been rejected on the eve of her wedding. The thakur’s sister commits suicide and the buddies become bitter enemies, pursuing their feud over two decades while their respective families proliferate on either side of the Beas river. Each maintains a private army to counter the other’s threat. The real villain, Rajeshwar Singh’s brother-in-law Chuniya (Puri), has Biru’s eldest son Vishal (Shroff) killed when he tries to make peace. Vishal’s son Vasu (Mushran), sent to an ashram to prepare for joining his grandfather’s army, now falls in love with the enemy’s granddaughter Radha (Koirala) and the two eventually bring the warring clans together. The partiarchs die in each other’s arms. Dialogue reigns supreme in the film but the love interest between Vasu and Radha (played by newcomers, this being Koirala’s debut) culminates in the hit song Ilu ilu.