Criminal is a 1995 Indian action thriller film directed by Mahesh Bhatt, starring Akkineni Nagarjuna, Ramya Krishna and Manisha Koirala.
After witnessing the unfortunate death of a woman, who was unable to afford hospital treatment, Dr. Ajay Kumar cancels his planned immigration to the U.S. and instead sets out to develop a plan to open a hospital that will be accessible to people who cannot afford treatment in regular hospitals, called “Amma Hospital”. This draws quite a lot of attention, and he becomes popular, especially with two young women, Dr. Swetha and ACP Ramya. He falls in love with Swetha and both get married, breaking Ramya’s heart in the process. Shortly thereafter, much to their delight, Swetha becomes pregnant.
When Swetha discovers a frightening organ-smuggling operation in her hospital while going through a friend’s diagnostic report, she calls Ramya. Soon after, Swetha is attacked by a killer and rings the police. Ajay enters their home to find Swetha who soon succumbs to her injuries. The police arrive to find her dead body and arrest Ajay for murder. They deduce that Ajay’s motive for killing Swetha was money, as Swetha was a wealthy heiress. Furthermore, she shouted Ajay’s name as she was on the phone to the police. The court finds Ajay guilty and is sentenced to death. While being transported to the jail for the sentence to be carried out, the police bus meets with an accident as the other prisoners have staged a riot. Ajay escapes and changes his appearance. The police launch a manhunt for him but are unable to catch him. Ajay goes to Ramya’s house to prove his innocence, meanwhile, he used to know Ramya had a crush on him. Ajay catches the real killer and discovers the man behind everything – including the smuggling – was Ajay’s friend Dr. Pratap. Finally, he reopens the hospital and puts garland on Swetha’s picture. He and Ramya remain as friends.
Akkineni Nagarjuna as Dr. Ajay Kumar
Ramya Krishna as A.C.P. Ramya
Manisha Koirala as Dr. Swetha
Satyanarayana as Advocate Chandra Shekar
Kota Srinivasa Rao as Srinivasa Rao
Nassar as S. P. Teja
Sarath Babu as Dr. Pratap
Sudha as Yashoda
Gulshan Grover as Robert Rakesh Kumar
Brahmanandam as Compounder Chitti Babu
Dharmavarapu Subramanyam as Inspector
Johnny Lever as himself
Gundu Hanumantha Rao as Compounder Tinku
Devdasu Kanakala as Commissioner
Kota Shankar Rao as Lawyer
Garimalla Visweswara Rao as Servant
Husain as Prisoner
Jenny as Inspector Nanda Gopal
Trishna as item number
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