Sabse Bada Khiladi (English: The Biggest Player) is a 1995 Indian Hindi-language action masala film directed by Umesh Mehra and starring Akshay Kumar, Mamta Kulkarni, Mohnish Behl, Gulshan Grover and Sadashiv Amrapurkar. It was the third installment in the Khiladi (film series) of films that had Akshay in the lead after Khiladi and Main Khiladi Tu Anari. Sabse Bada Khiladi was the sixth highest-grossing movie of 1995.
The story of the film is adapted from a Hindi novel called Lallu by Ved Prakash Sharma, a Hindi pulp fiction writer. Sharma is credited during the opening credits. The film also has plot elements similar to the 1955 French film Diabolique and the 1978 Bruce Lee film Game of Death.
The film received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for the performances of the cast and the action sequences, but criticizing the direction and plot.
Lallu is an orphan who was separated from his parents and brother in his childhood and has been brought up by foster parents. He travels to Bombay to look for a job and starts working as a loyal servant for rich businessman Jamna Das. One day he discovers Jamna Das’s daughter Sunita drunk in a nightclub and takes her home. Jamna Das realises how loyal Lallu is and how he never took advantage of Sunita in her drunken state decides to get them married. Sunita immediately refuses as she is in love with Amit. When Jamna Das suddenly dies of a heart attack, his will and testament reveal that Sunita must marry Lallu or she will not be entitled to any of his wealth and estate. Seeing no other option she marries Lallu but decides to have him killed with the help of Amit so that she can inherit all of her father’s wealth. Sunita and Amit succeed in their plan to kill Lallu by poisoning him, putting him into a car, and crashing it to make it look like an accident. His death is considered suspicious, and the case is assigned to Inspector Vijay Kumar, who is a lookalike of the supposedly deceased Lallu.
Vijay also has a twin brother whom he lost during childhood. His brother was apparently murdered by Amit’s father, Amar Singh, and the latter had raped a close friend’s wife, who was Jamna Das’s wife Gomti. Later Gomti dies of a heart attack when in court Amar Singh (as a lawyer) falsely proves his ‘innocence’ and renders her guilty. This fact is not known by Sunita. But Vijay swears revenge against Amar Singh for what he did.
The twist in the story comes when Lallu appears before Sunita and Amit, who have presumed him to be dead. He then terrorizes them at their house and, when Amit finally owns up to the crime. The police immediately arrests Amit and Sunita. Lallu says he is none other than Inspector Vijay Kumar. Vijay reveals that it was his plan to frame Amit and his father. It was he who had come as Lallu in the first place, told Jamna Das to enact the heart attack, took Sunita into confidence, done all the pretence, and finally, they had gotten Amit into trouble. Because now Amit is guilty of ‘murdering Lallu’, Inspector Kekda, a cunning inspector who had helped cover the crime, is also arrested.
Amit is taken into custody. Amar and Kekda hatch a plan to release Amit and send him out of the country. They go to Vijay’s police station on the pretext of meeting Amit and, as part of a plan hatched by Amar, a fight breaks out near the station, to which Vijay responds. At that moment, they release Amit, knock Kekda out, and immolate him after Amit exchanges clothes with him. By the time Vijay realises what’s happening, it is too late. Amit escapes to the airport; Amar goes to court and accuses Vijay of burning his son. But Vijay manages to save Kekda. He then says that Vijay is the biggest player (‘Sabse Bada Khiladi’) and helps Vijay nab Amit.
Vijay chases Amit all the way to the abandoned airport with Kekda in hot pursuit in a helicopter. Eventually, they destroy many stationary aircraft and the entire hangar, with both chasing and trying to kill each other through the raging fires. Amit shoots Kekda in the chopper from his car. But Vijay manages to nab him.
Finally, they reach court, where Vijay produces Amit, the dead Kekda, and everything is out in the open. Amar Singh is now forced to say that he was the one who killed Lallu and raped Gomti, to save his son. Fortunately, he is not able to prove all this as he had already destroyed all the evidence. A frustrated Amar Singh tries to shoot Vijay but fails and both he and Amit arrested.
Akshay Kumar -Inspector Vijay Kumar / Lallu (Double Role)
Mamta Kulkarni – Sunita Das
Mohnish Behl – Amit Singh Choudhury
Avtar Gill – Jamna Das
Anjana Mumtaz – Gomti Das
Gulshan Grover – Senior Inspector K Kekada
Sadashiv Amrapurkar- Amar Singh Choudhary
Anil Nagrath – Judge
Kishore Bhanushali – Hawaldar
Sudhir Dalvi – Doctor
Dina Pathak – Jamna’s mother
Vishwajeet Pradhan – Chika
Suresh Bhagwat – Jailed drunk
Ram Mohan – Defense lawyer
Subbiraj – Police Commissioner Sinha