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Laawaris (1999)

  • Release Date05/03/1999
  • GenreAction, Drama
  • FormatColour
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time177 mins
  • Length4455.57 meters
  • Gauge35 mm
  • Censor RatingUA
  • Censor Certificate NumberCIL/2/3/1999-MUM
  • Certificate Date22/02/1999

No one ever asked an orphan...
He did not tell anyone what he wanted to be.
He became what circumstances made him...

A hired hand of an underworld don, Captain (as the orphan is called), is known only for his hafta-vasuli and goondagiri. He cannot differentiate between good and evil in society, until he confronts advocate Anand Saxena and his family. For the first time in his life he gets a glimpse of the other side, where motives are pure i.e. - the genuine pride of a son in his father, not inspired by fear, the love and respect that the advocate and his wife Kavita share, not motivated by selfish interest, the warmth and understanding that Kavita shares with him, not malice.

In this time of inner turmoil Captain meets a girl, Anshu. He dreams of another world with her, another life that so far was only a mirage.
Captain has to leave his own world behind to be accepted into the other world, where honesty, righteousness and virtue is respected. His choice is a difficult one because the common man equipped with these qualities is not honoured and faces everyday difficulties in trying to earn a decent livelihood, coupled with the fact that goodness is not something that the underworld don Kalra will let spread amongst his hired hands.
Captain stands at a cross road.

Will he be able to leave his world?

Will he find acceptance at the hands of those who have helped him change?

Will the goonda Captain become and honest Vijay?

"LAASWARIS" treads its way thru these questions, in a world where answers have a high price to be paid by life and death.

(From the official press booklet)