Loha: The 1987 Hindi Action Thriller That Became a Cult Classic
Loha is a 1987 Hindi action thriller film directed by Raj N. Sippy. It features an ensemble cast of Dharmendra, Shatrughan Sinha, Karan Kapoor, Madhavi, Mandakini, Kader Khan and Amrish Puri. The film centres around a plot involving three men (Dharmendra, Sinha and Kapoor) who set out to save 25 hostages from a dreaded bandit (Puri) who is on the payroll of the local politician (Khan).
The film was released in India on 23 January 1987, coinciding with the Indian Republic Day weekend. The film received mainly positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success. It was the first hit for Dharmendra in the year 1987, and he would go on to give six more hits in the same year.
Loha is considered to be one of the best examples of the masala genre, which combines elements of action, comedy, drama, romance and music. The film is known for its high-octane action sequences, catchy songs, witty dialogues and memorable characters. The film has acquired a cult following over the years and is often regarded as one of the most entertaining films of Indian cinema.
In this article, we will take a closer look at the making of Loha, its cast and crew, its plot and themes, its music and songs, its box office performance and its legacy.
The Making of Loha
Loha was directed by Raj N. Sippy, who had previously worked with Dharmendra and Shatrughan Sinha in films like Satte Pe Satta (1982) and Boxer (1984). The film was produced by Salim Akhtar, who had earlier produced films like Qayamat (1983) and Aag Hi Aag (1987). The film was written by Ravi Kapoor and Mohan Kaul, while the dialogues were penned by Kader Khan, who also played a negative role in the film.
The film was shot in various locations in India, including Bangalore, Karnataka, where the climax scene involving a truck chase was filmed. The film had a budget of âest. 20.5 million and was completed in a span of six months. The film had a large ensemble cast of actors, some of whom played supporting roles as prisoners. The film also featured Jugal Hansraj as a child artist, who played the role of Hassan Ali, Qasim Ali's son.
The Plot and Themes of Loha
The film begins with Police Inspector Amar (Dharmendra) trying to arrest bandit Sher Singh (Amrish Puri), who is notorious for looting and killing innocent people. However, he and his colleague Inspector Dayal (Raza Murad) are ambushed by Sher Singh's men. Amar manages to escape, but Dayal gets his legs crushed under a truck and becomes wheelchair-bound.
Later, Amar arrests Jagannath Prasad (Kader Khan), a corrupt politician who is involved in various illegal activities. However, Jagannath Prasad gets released without being charged due to his influence and connections. Amar gets reprimanded by his superiors and decides to resign from his job.
Meanwhile, Sher Singh hijacks a bus and holds the passengers as hostages in exchange for 25 of his jailed associates. Among the hostages is Seema (Mandakini), Dayal's granddaughter. Dayal asks Amar for help in rescuing the hostages. Amar agrees and teams up with Qasim Ali (Shatrughan Sinha), an ex-convict who has a personal vendetta against Sher Singh for killing his wife, and Karan (Karan Kapoor), a drug-dealer who wants to redeem himself.
The trio manage to infiltrate Sher Singh's hideout and rescue the hostages. However, they soon realize that Qasim Ali and Karan have masterminded a plan to facilitate the escape of the 25 convicts, who are actually their friends. Amar feels betrayed and confronts them. A fight ensues between Amar and the convicts, while Sher Singh escapes with Seema.
Amar chases Sher Singh in a truck and manages to catch up with him. He fights with Sher Singh on top of the truck and eventually kills him by throwing him off the bridge. He then rescues Seema and reunites with Dayal. Qasim Ali and Karan also arrive at the scene and apologize to Amar for their betrayal. They reveal that they had a change of heart after seeing Amar's courage and honesty. They also decide to surrender themselves to the police. Amar forgives them and hugs them.
The film ends with Amar, Qasim Ali, Karan and Seema saluting the Indian flag as they celebrate Republic Day. 061ffe29dd