BollyCurry is back once again to bring you the review of one of the
famous movies of the 90s! A movie that gave love-triangle and marriage a
whole new meaning! We are talking about none other than the
multi-starrer Judaai. Starring Sridevi Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Urmila
Matondkar in lead roles, this movie, released in 1997, also had the
likes of Farida Jalal, Paresh Rawal, Kader Khan and Johny Lever.
Directed by Raj Kanwar
did not do too
well at the box office at first but went on to becoming a semi-hit at
box office. Revolving around the controversial issue of a woman
selling her husband for money, this movie gave a different take to
The story focuses on the married
couple Raj and Kajal (played by Anil Kapoor
and Sridevi respectively),
and the greed which takes over the character of Kajal. A mother and a
wife who loves her family, Kajal gives more value to money rather than
human relationships. Her main disappointment in life is the fact that
even though she has married an engineer, her husband is not rich. So
when opportunity knocks on her door in the form of Jhanvi (Urmila
Matondkar) who is the niece of Raj's boss. First upon meeting Raj,
Jhanvi takes him to be a driver but later finds out that he is an
engineer in her Uncle's office, and later after apologizing to him, she
gradually falls in love with him. Far too gone in her love, she sticks
to her decision of getting married to Raj, even after finding out that
he is a married man. And how does she do that? By targeting the wife who
is in love with money. She goes and puts a proposal in front of Kajal
saying she would give her as much money as she wants but in return she
would like to marry Raj. The story goes on to show the tug of war that
Raj goes through in between his two wives, one who changes herself
completely and becomes extremely money minded and the other who changes
for the better and becomes the perfect wife and mother to his kids.
Eventually calamity strikes when Kajal realizes that money can not buy
everything, thus figuring out that true love has no price. But is it too
late by then? The movie climaxes with Kajal trying her best to get her
husband back, but when all else fails, she decides to let him go as he
decides to leave with Jhanvi and his kids, only to realize that Jhanvi
had decided that she would be the only one leaving because she would
never be able to break a family as she knows how much Raj loves Kajal.
Giving Raj back to Kajal, Jhanvi leaves the happy family with her own
While Sridevi's performance was enjoyed by all, it was Urmila who
got nominated for various awards for the best supporting actress for the
movie. Anil Kapoor
's docile character was also approved and appreciated
by all. But it was the different theme of the movie that took people by
surprise and urged them to go ahead and spread the word that the movie
does have potential!
Did you know:
- This was the last film that Sridevi starred in before taking a long hiatus of 15 years. She came back last year with the hit English Vinglish
- The movie is a remake of original Kannada movie Ajagajantara of 1991.
Sixteen years later, this movie still is an enjoyable watch, not
only for the drama but also for the comic timing of the likes of Johny
Lever, Kader Khan and Paresh Rawal. This brings us to the end of
another Retro Review, until next time, BollyCurry signs off!
Author: Parm K. & Hershi J.
Editor: Hershi J.
Graphics: Virina R.
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