Awaargi, India, 26 January 1990

Awaargi is a 1990 Bollywood drama film directed by Mahesh Bhatt starring Anil Kapoor, Meenakshi Sheshadri and Govinda. The film is considered to have featured Anil Kapoor's and Meenakshi Sheshadri's best performances. Over the years it has gained immense critical praise and is considered a classic now.[1] Like several other 1980s films by Mahesh Bhatt, Awaargi, containing serious and realistic content, belongs to the arthouse cinematic genre, known in India as parallel cinema. On its release, it received critical acclaim.[2]


Lalla (Anupam Kher) is one of the underground dons in Bombay, and has several men to carry out all kinds of criminal activities for him. One of them is Azad (Anil Kapoor), who he uses to scare people, and Azad has never failed him. Then Azad goes and rescues a prostitute named Meena (Meenakshi Sheshadri) from Ranubhai (Avtar Gill), who owes allegiance to rival don, Bhau's (Paresh Rawal), group and invites his ire and anger. Azad refuses to submit to anyone, and assists Meena meet her goal - which is to be a famous singer. He entrusts her to a music director by the name of Dhiren (Govinda), and sits back and watches as Meena becomes popular day by day. Azad has fallen in love with Meena, but is unable to tell this. What Azad does not know that Dhiren too has fallen in love with Meena, and it appears that Meena is also attracted to him. Before Azad can pursue this any further, he must content with Bhau's hoodlums - who have been instructed to kill him under any circumstances.