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November 13, 1998
Jobless and homeless, he wonders what to do when he learns that Chinni is suffering from abdominal pain -- it's all right, it's appendicitis. He rushes her to hospital but the doctors tell him she can be admitted only after he deposits Rs 5,000 for an operation.
So Raju returns to the boxing ring determined to squash his opponent. But the rules have changed. The owners, for their own reasons, say he'll be paid Rs 15,000. So he gets thrashed to within an inch of his death and get admitted in the same hospital as Chinni.
Chinni realises she loves Raju. And vice versa. But Chinni's father steps in at the right time to place his own condition, that Mr Pardesi will have to prove himself by earning Rs 10 million in a year. The impetuous young man accepts the challenge, then realises it's far beyond his limited skills and decides to quit the city altogether.
He is all set to board a train to Kanpur when he accidentally switches bags with a passenger. And just after the exchange, a thief tries to run with the briefcase. Raju regains the bag and checks the contents to reassure himself. And he finds Rs 1 million within.
Of course, being the honest mutt he is, he tries to hand the bag over to the police, but finding them too corrupt for his liking, forgets the Kanpur trip altogether. He goes back to teams up with the scientist with the safe tea formulation and sets up a company, Kaiki Tea, named after Raju's stepmother. But since buying tea, cleaning it up, and selling it again, makes it darned expensive, they decide to set up a factory in Darjeeling.
After a year, the Rs 10 million is made, and Raju is all set to go and throw it before that snob, Chinni's dad. But Karuna is inconsolable.
Raju soon learns from a doctor there that her father lost his life savings of Rs 1 million at a Bombay railway station when he'd gone to the city to fix a bridegroom for his daughter. Even the house Raju is living in now was Karuna's before calamity struck.
Raju feels guilty and becomes uncertain whether to return to his first love or marry Karuna, who lost everything because of an incident where he played a crucial role.
Overall, despite the surfeit of cliches, it doesn't annoy you the way other films of the same type do. The only trouble is that Govinda, who has been accepted as a hero for the light-hearted flicks, is doing a serious role this time. There are a few comic scenes, but, overall, the film is solemn in mien.
Even Satish Kaushik, ordinarily quite good at providing humour, couldn't manage it. Had director Manoj Agarwal concentrated more on the funnier aspects, as the Govinda-Satish Kaushik duo did in Sajjan Chale Sasural, it might have provided some respite.
The songs and lyrics from Anand-Raj-Anand are passable, with only one song worth remembering, It happens only in India.
Raveena and Shilpa have acted decently well but their roles don't provide much scope anyway. Overall, despite lacking in substance, the film is just about watchable.
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