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One group of villagers is loyal to him; the other to his brother Birju (Govind Namdeo) and his nephew Balli (Milind Gunaji). Birju and Balli terrorise the villagers and gain their reluctant support.
Raja Thakur awaits the return of his younger son, Shakti (Anil Kapoor), who lives abroad. He hopes Shakti will stop the squabbles in the village. But Shakti returns home with his girlfriend, Anita (Pooja Batra), declares his intentions to marry the lady and open a fast food bistro in the big city. Joshpura? Sorry, the ambience isn't quite right for a McDonald's.
His father is shocked. Shakti, unaware of his dad's feelings, bumbles on. And, while showing Anita the village, opens a temple that is at the heart of a local controversy.
The incident sparks off a major row between Shakti and Balli. Anita returns to the city. Raja Thakur tries to settle the matter quietly, but Balli insults the old man so badly that he dies heart-broken.
Past wins over present. Shakti decides to stay back in the village and fulfill his father's dream. He is also required to marry Gehna (Tabu), a village belle, to protect her honour. More troubles follow, the toughest being handling Anita, who returns to the village and finds her beau hooked.
Balli and his goons plant a bomb that is to explode during a village procession. The idea is to eliminate Shakti and friends.
Based on a Kamal Hasan original, the film has been suitably modified to reflect North Indian attitudes. Check if director Priyadarshan's experiment works.
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