Mahaanta (transl. Eminence) is a 1997 Hindi-language action film, produced by Ayub Khan under the Ayesha Film banner and directed by Afzal Khan. It stars Jeetendra, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Shakti Kapoor and Danny Denzongpa and music composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal. Filming began in 1991 and was delayed for 6 years due to Dutt’s arrests in 1993 and Dutt and Dixit breaking up their relationship.
Young Vijay studies in Good Shepherd High School and lives a wealthy lifestyle in a small scenic town along with his uncle, who is the Inspector General of Police in Bombay and has a close friend called Raj Malhotra. When both mature, Vijay gets married, while Raj marries Shanti. On his uncle’s insistence, Vijay departs to live in Bombay, where he eventually becomes the Police Commissioner. Subsequently, Raj, Shanti, and Raj’s brother, Sanjay, also re-locate to Bombay, where they are united with Vijay. Then Sanjay falls in love with Jenny and both want to get married, much to the chagrin of Mahesh, who wants to marry her at any and all costs. Mahesh is the only son of wealthy and influential Kedar, who manages to convince Edward that it will be in Jenny’s and Sanjay’s best interest if Jenny weds Mahesh. The marriage is arranged, but on that very day, Sanjay steps in, humiliates Kedar and marries Jenny. That night Sanjay is arrested by none other than Vijay himself and placed in a cell. The next morning he is released and returns home to find that his brother and Bhabhi are both dead. Sanjay swears to avenge their deaths as well as find out why Vijay betrayed Raj and arrested him on his wedding night.
Jeetendra as Police Commissioner Vijay Kapoor
Sanjay Dutt as Sanjay Malhotra
Madhuri Dixit as Jenny Malhotra
Mohsin Khan as Raj Malhotra
Poonam Dhillon as Vijay’s wife
Saeed Jaffrey as Inspector General of Police
Satyendra Kapoor as Edward Pinto
Shakti Kapoor as Inspector Dubey
Raza Murad as The Narrator
Amrish Puri as Seth. Kedar Nath
Paresh Rawal as Nanubhai Chathewala
Sumalatha as Shanti Malhotra
Kishore Anand Bhanushali as Sanjay’s friend
Tej Sapru as Mahesh Nath
Snehal Dabi as Sanjay’s friend
Brij Gopal as Kelkar (Informer)
Shashi Kiran as Sanjay’s friend
Mehmood Jr. as Sanjay’s friend
Tariq Shah as Inspector Aslam Sher Khan
Gurbachchan Singh as Ujagar
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