Widower Jeevanlal lives with his 5-year-old daughter in small house. One day he meets with an accident and is unable to return home as he is admitted in hospital. Meanwhile, due to heavy rains, an ill Guddu starts searching for her dad at the night time and gets giddy due to hunger and falls on the road. Jeevanlal returns home and sees she has fever. Then Jeevanlal gets arrested for assaulting a Pharmacist as he is unable to afford medicines suggested by doctor to treat his ill daughter, Guddu. Subsequently Jeevanlal gets jailed, his repeated and vain attempts to escape from prison to meet his daughter only end up increasing his sentence, leaving Guddu to fend on her own. 8 years pass by. Guddu went to a school as while she was searching for her dad, a Marathi woman saw her and started to allow Guddu grow up in her house.
Meanwhile, during transfer from one jail to another, some prisoners die due to an accident, where Qaidi No. 8 Jeevanlal is presumed to be dead. Meanwhile, Jeevanlal manages to escape successfully from that accident but due to his hunger for food he goes into a bunglow and when he is about to pick food, the owner of the bunglow comes to the room but Jeevanlal shows knife at him but the owner of the bunglow just by glancing at Jeevanlal, says this man is not a thief for sure and introduces himself as Judge Dindayal. Jeevalal says do not send me to prison back as I have escaped only to meet my daughter and says he will kill Dindayal if he raises an alarm.
Owner Dindayal asks his servant Bhola to give Jeevanlal food properly and says "Let him eat and sleep in our house in the same room where my deceased son used to sleep". The same night again Jeevanlal tries to run and steals a golden idol from the house. Bhola informs his owner that the guy who came last night has stolen the golden idol of God and ran away from the room. But the police of that city catch him while trying to sell that idol to a merchant and police inform the owner that the thief confessed that idol was stolen from his house only. Then the owner of Bunglow and the idol - Judge Dindayal - says this person is my friends's son named J.V. and has not stolen the idol but in fact the owner of idol. Dindayal, though aware that escaped convict is at his home, decides to let Jeevanlal not get caught in hands of police.
Dindayal asks him why he is angry at god and then Jeevanlal narrates his sad story which happened in recent days. Dindayal says since his only son has already died and since he feels he can trust Jeevanlal, though he is a judge he is ready to give Jeevanlal a new lease of life, with the new name J.V as he felt that fate was actually playing the game in life of both himself and Jeevanlal as he though old is forced to live in the world whereas his young son died a premature death and on the other hand Jeevanlal was forced by fate to commit a crime which was ultimately to take care of his daughter but now even that daughter has got separated from him. Dindayal lets Jeevanlal stay in his house and take care of his assets and advices him not to stop praying to God and gives him a bag full of cash for Jeevanalal to start a new life.
Six years later Jeevanlal will re-surface as a wealthy male and prospective Mayor known now simply as J.V.; while his grown up daughter Guddu (Farah Naaz) will be living two lives - one as the single mother Nirmala of a young boy child, Kiran; and the other as a gun-toting alcoholic dancer prostitute known as Bulbul. Nirmala, after her husband's death starts working in a factory owned by J.V but due to her conetrating on her small babies cries, she is thrown out by the factory management and to earn money she gets into club dancer profession and sends her child to Rajan's Chachi(Shubha Khote). Now Nirmala decides to take revenge on owner of the factory J.V for having changed her life (she was working in his factory only as a worker but was thrown out and circumstances forced her to become prostitute).
She dresses up like Bulbul, modern prostitute and decides to meet up J.V and she says would he like to be her client for a day. J.V. slaps her saying he is a good human being and the habit she has is really bad and that she is charcaterless. Jeevanlal though does not know where his daughter is living and how does she now looks like but comes across a child called Kiran on the road on fine day. He asks Kiran why she is crying. Then Rajan Dada says he wants to sell that girl as she has been brought up by Chacha-Chachi in his area and its none of Jeevanlal's business. J.V. replies to him saying this girl reminds him of his own daughter Guddu and asks whether Kiran's mother's name is Nirmala. J.V. harbours doubt in his mind but Rajan Dada and Chachi stop Kiran from disclosing her mother's name and J.V. asks Kulkarni to find name of Kiran's parents. Later he finds one day Bulbul again into profession of prostitute and advices her saying that she should not be in this profession and that she is like a daughter to him. Then Bulbul says J.V you are responsible me for being thrown out of your factory and making me a prostitute otherwise I would have been a simple working class woman.
Nirmala does not recognise her dad's face immediately but soon her memory works and she realizes that J.V is her own father from whom she got separated after that fateful night but chooses to not let J.V know the truth. Later Jeevanlal tries his best to solve all her problems including dealing with Rajan Dada, who is responsible for Nirmala's husband's early death and Kiran separating from her mother Nirmala. Later Bulbul confesses that she is Nirmala, none other than his own daughter, who was forced to live horrific life, due to his absence in her life during teenage years and aftermath. Now J.V solves every problem of her daughter's life including ensuring that both Kiran and Nirmala unite and that Rajan Dada is killed.
- Genre: Action
- Runtime: 150 minutes
Begunaah is a 1991 Indian crime drama film directed and produced by Anil Suri. The film follows the life of Jeevanlal J.V (Rajesh Khanna), a man who experiences a personal crisis one after the other after his wife's death. He was jailed, then had an increase in the jail sentence due to his attempts to escape, and was separated from his only daughter. He subsequently searched for his grown up daughter only to find that she is widower, mother to a boy, and also a prostitute. It was the feature debut of director Anil Suri who had been a producer of many films in the past. It was a success when released in 1991.