Raju (Rajesh Khanna) is an orphan who is brought up by the people of colony in Juhu area of Bombay. He lives as a son of all residents of the colony and helps them for their financial needs by stealing and because of this he is jailed for some months frequently. He is affectionately called as Raju by Hindus and Khan by Muslims. Prem Singh (Prem Chopra) intends to build a hotel in the colony and compels people to vacate the place or pay Rs.10000 as rent. Actually the land belongs to Neetu the princess of Raigadh. Prem urges Neetu to marry him so that he can own the land of Juhu. But Neetu (Neetu Singh) resists the proposal. Neetu's uncle manges to get the photograph of the prince and sends it to Raj Matha. Prince Rajeshwar (Rajesh Khanna) is kidnapped by Prem's mother in his childhood to prevent him inherit the wealth of Raigadh palace and make her son the heir for it.
Raju steals a car of Prem Singh and gets caught when he tries to sell his car to himself. Seeing his intelligent innocence he first uses him to transport smuggled stuffs to Raigadh in the car. Neetu escapes from Prem and hides at the back of the car. While Raju drives towards to Raigadh he finds her and takes her along with him. On the way, though both of them but fight they develop a feeling for each other. Raju who thinks he is not eligible for the princess tries to kill his feelings.Prem recognizes the identity of lost Prince Rajeshwar in Raju. So he insists Raju to act like him in the palace but Raju refuses as he cannot serve several years of jail as his colony people need him. Prem sets fire to the colony and this angers Raju. So he sets off to palace where without any effort accepted by Queen as Prince Rajeshwar in spite of his repeated denials. Queen identifies him through his photograph, burnt hand (actually he got burnt in the fire set in the colony) and the finger print of prince. But astrologer who is working for Prem lies to the Queen that he is the real prince thinking Raju is the man sent by Prem.
Raju was crowned as Prince Rajeshwar. The real prince is under custody of Prem's mother who is still childlike playing with toys and putting his thumb finger in his mouth like toddler. Raju captures Prem and arrests him in the palace prison. Thakur Singh who wants to be the actual heir finds that Prem is his own son. Prem reveals to his father that he is not the real prince but sent by him. Thakur Singh reveals this to all but he is not believed by anybody as he has no proof for his statement. Raju is moved by the motherly love of the queen and so he wants to leave the palace unwilling to deceive and disappoint her but stays on compulsion of Neetu as she insists Raj Mata is smiling only on his arrival. Raju swears to stay and find out the real prince. Meanwhile Queen finds out the truth and asks him to get out but is shot by Thakur Singh and blames Raju for shooting. Raju is arrested. But he escapes from them. Prem plans to kill Raju when he comes to hospital to visit Rajmata. But Raju disguises himself as Dr. Muthuswamy a man from Madras and donates the rare blood AB negative to the queen and saves her.
Raju finds out the real Prince Rajeshwar who is under custody of Prem and rescues him. Prem, his mother and Thakur Singh are arrested. Queen finally re-unites with her son. She also unites Neetu with Raju as Neetu actually loves him.
- Genre: Action
Maha Chor is a 1976 Bollywood action film comedy film directed by Narendra Bedi starring Rajesh Khanna in the lead role paired opposite Neetu Singh for the very first time. The film had music by R.D.Burman and the lyricist whom Rajesh Khanna preferred for his films Anand Bakshi. The film grossed 1.90 crores in 1976 and it became a box office hit.