"Khuda Gawah" Movie Plot

by Alex Tannin
Amitabh Bachchan stars in

Amitabh Bachchan stars in "Khuda Gawah."

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"Khuda Gawah" (which translates into English as "God is Witness") is a 1992 movie directed by Mukul S. Anand. It stars Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan as a Pashtun who travels extensively between India and Afghanistan, and it features Sridevi, Nagarjuna Akkineni and Danny Denzongpa in supporting roles. "Khuda Gawah" was the first movie produced in India with surround-sound technology. It became both a commercial and critical success, taking the awards for Best Director and Best Supporting Actor at the 1993 Filmfare Awards.


Baadshah Khan (played by Amitabh Bachchan) is in love with a member of a neighboring tribe named Benazir (played by Sridevi). Benazir agrees to Khan's marriage proposal, on one condition: that he track down and kill the man who murdered her father, Habibulla. Khan travels to India to search for Habibulla, eventually finding him in prison. He decapitates Habibulla and informs the jailer of the prison, Ranveer Sethi, that he'll return in one month to receive his punishment. Khan returns to Afghanistan to marry Benazir before returning to India and being jailed for five years. He leaves childhood friend Khuda Baksh to look after his wife while he's away.


Habibulla's brother, Pasha, kidnaps Sethi's daughter in return for information about Khan. Khan finds out about this and escapes from prison to confront Pasha. But before he can, rogue inspector Aziz Mirza shoots Sethi dead. To prevent Sethi's daughter from coming to any more harm, Khan falsely confesses to his murder. Mirza's wife then kills her husband: Khan falsely confesses to this murder as well, to prevent Mirza's son from growing up parentless.

Baksh's Journey

Benazir is concerned by the lack of news she has received from Khan, so she sends Baksh to check in on him. Because of the murders he has falsely confessed tom Khan's prison sentence is much longer than it should be, so he tells Baksh to tell Benazir that he has died in prison so she can get on with her life. When Baksh returns to India and passes the false news on to Benazir, she has a mental breakdown.


Upon finally leaving prison, Khan is greeted by the daughter he never met, Mehndi. He is also tracked down by Sethi's daughter, who has discovered the truth about what happened to her father, and by Mirza's son Raja, who wants to kill Khan out of vengeance for his father's death. Raja eventually falls in love with Mehndi even though he wants to murder her father. Raja eventually discovers the truth about his father's death; and Khan, Mehndi, Sethi's daughter, and Raja band together to kill Pasha, who has become a drug baron.

About the Author

Born in Northampton, Alex Tannin has been writing across the journalistic landscape since 2003. His articles have appeared in "The Guardian," "Bizarre Magazine" and for Gaydar Radio and the Press Association, among others. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in print journalism from Leeds Trinity and All Saints College.

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