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8/10
excellent reamke
ujjwalshukla18 December 2007
this is the film which i saw when i was just 10 year on VHS i mesmerize from the performance of the cast everyone perform exceptionally well.while it is MUNNAor BABBAN or LOTIYA PATHAN OR MADHURI.

music scored by LP that was rocking i remember even today that EK DO TEEN was all over i also like the another song of this movie was NITIN MUKESH "SO GAYA HAI RASTA" which is good u can easily listen this song on any FM channel at night after 12 o clock.

the director N CHANDRA is its best in this movie he was in peak of his imagination and direction which he started from ANKUSH and PRATIGHAAT i really wonder why he is unable to create same magic till now. even he started making style and XCUSE ME type of films.

the biggest fact of this film which i like most is that, it is the remake of English film the streets of fire it take best adaption from the film u may surprised to know that streets of fire was so so in Hollywood but tejaab rock all the India and it gives edges to ANIL KAPOOR to other film star of country support to MADHURI and lot of name and fame to N CHANDRA not to forget LOTIYA PATHAN.
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6/10
Nice film
silvan-desouza14 May 2009
N Chandra used to make great films in the past, this film is his most memorable film ever and also was a big hit

The film also is remembered as Anil's one of best performances and also made Madhuri a sensation

The film may sound ordinary today but was different those days the film does have lot of clichés and the initial college scenes and the entire jumping form top scene of Anil is too amateurish but it's okay for it's time

The film successfully portrays a violent love story which falls due to circumstances

The scenes between Anil and Madhuri are pure magic while the transformation of Anil should be seen to be believed The pace is hampered at times and also there are too many stupid scenes in the middle plus the ingredients of commercial film yet the film stands out

N Chandra does a great job Music was a big hit

Anil Kapoor stands out, his walk, talk all make you feel he is a real tapori which he had played before in MASHAAL but here his role became most memorable He kept playing goon roles later in THIKANA and other films Madhuri Dixit was good in her part Anupam excels and evokes more hatred then Kiran Kumar Kiran Kumar irritates as the villain Annu Kapoor is good
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9/10
Powerful and Brilliant
Li_8518 June 2006
Tezaab, with the tag line a Violent Love Story. Tells the story of Anil Kapoor and his life. He goes through a series of serious incidents which causes him Tezaab. As the title suggests, Tezaab means Acid, as in the burning acid in Anils heart. Anil Kapoor in a award winning role gives a Brilliant performance. Madhuri Dixit looks sexier then ever in a great performance. Chunkey Pandey provides plenty of humour with sidekicks like Johnny Lever in a younger role. Chunkey gives his best performance I've seen till the 2005 release D. Mandakini is there for 10 minutes and looks sexy as usual. The supporting Cast give good performances including Anupom Kher and Kiran Kumar. Tezaab has the famous dance song Ek Do Teen, that made Madhuri more popular in her sexy dance. Madhuri looks stunning in the song, but looks more sexier in Khal Nayak - Choli ke peeche. Tezaab is a great movie that is worth the watch.
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7/10
The best rip-off ever made in Bollywood
hprashantarora4 May 2014
Tezaab- The best rip-off ever made in Bollywood

Tezaab completely blew me away when I saw it in the theater back in 1988. This movie presents a unique Hindi movie experience - mainly due to its breakneck pacing, tight editing, Anil Kapoor's raw performance as an ex-patriot and the phenomenon called Madhuri Dixit that got unleashed on the unsuspecting Indian audience. Chandra did a great job in brewing this violent love story with choicest set-pieces lifted straight from Hollywood and Hong Kong movies such as Streets of Fire (main story), The Untouchables (bank robbery scene) and Jackie Chan's Police Story (the destruction of the villain's lair using multiple cars as weapons of choice). Interestingly, in hindsight, it is hard to imagine Tezaab without any of them. Typical Bollywood elements are also in abundance here such as boy meets girl, the sleazy father beats girl, girl fights boy, boy ridicules girl, villain eyeballs girl, boy threatens the social order, and corrupt police whup boy's ass. In other words, the storyline is as old and only as engrossing as a dormant volcano, which, by the way, could explode in any century or minute. As one reviewer mentioned - It is the execution that separates Tezaab from the junk routinely made by Bollywood. Rest of the usual shenanigans are covered under measured doses of misunderstood love triangles, the inevitable hero's sidekick (an outstanding Chunkey Pandey here) and his minions, lilting music, songs, dances, and the ubiquitous ugly comedian - Johnny Lever. It is all there. So what is not to like? Well, there is one thing that sometimes troubles only the Coen Brothers - and that is originality. Not a single scene in this movie is original by any standard, but it worked in those days. And it still works in Bollywood because the majority of its audience are neither connoisseur of international cinema nor avid readers of psychology. Why psychology you ask? Well, in the movie Anil Kapoor's character attempts suicide to prove his love to the leading lady Madhuri Dixit. Now her character is a student of psychology and if the screenwriter had done some research on psychology, he would have found out that a psychology major would be extremely cautious around a person who professes his love by threatening suicide by jumping off a building. Nevertheless, Indian filmmakers routinely apply to their creation- Oops! Did I say creation? I mean inspired creation- the logic of Looney Tunes, and that is why no matter how loony the hero maybe, the heroine always tunes into his call. Notwithstanding the flaws, Tezaab also scores mainly due to its smart editing, as mentioned earlier. The movie jumps back and forth in timelines at various crucial moments in the movie and this, in my opinion, is the most original aspect of this movie. It is put to use very effectively to convince the viewers of Kapoor's character's transformation from a patriot to a criminal and to establish grounds for his volatile love affair with his girlfriend. Most of the characters have violent proclivities- notably Annu Kapoor as a chaiwallah with lofty aspirations and Suresh Oberoi as an incorruptible cop who acts as Anil Kapoor's conscience. The director spends just enough time with these characters to let them justify their brand of violence. They come in and out of the flashbacks at the most crucial moments and truly propel the story to the next set-piece. Despite some obvious drawbacks, Tezaab remains one of the most memorable action flicks from the '80s that even women liked. Watch it, and you just might smell the acid that the director so skillfully distilled for us to enjoy.
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10/10
Teezab - means Acid
alren13 June 2002
Teezab - means Acid

Story of how an ideal college school student's life turns towards acid path of crime.

This is the movie which ripened Madhuri's performance, especially with the popular number Ek, Do, Teen, and the rest is history.

The story starts with that song followed by her kidnapping, by Kiran Kumar's extraordinary portrayal of Lotiya Pathan. So Anil Kapoor, who is banned from the city limits, is informed and he is coaxed by his friends to go and rescue her.

And so we go in the past of how Anil & Madhuri fell in love in their school days. How their college life is progressing and what makes the hell break loose on them.

The other numbers in the movie So Gaya Yeh Jahen ., and Kahe Do Ke Tum Ho Meri Varna . are good.

Chunkey Pandey, playing Anil's sidekick and Anupam Kher playing Madhuri's father also bring out and outstanding performance.

Again being a N. Chandra movie, it is pretty violent at times. Highly recommended for very less nonsense and sticking to the story plot.
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7/10
Acidic Reaction!
1980's was the decade when Hindi cinema had touched an abysmal low. The severe menace of piracy had robbed the sheen out of the films of those times. Due to a shrinkage in market, producers indulged in cost-cutting techniques resulting in substandard productions. Poor picture quality, inferior production-values and cheap disco-numbers took away the glamour quotient of the films. Facing a budgetary constraint, film-makers started focusing more on kitchen-sink dramas to woo the lower middle-class audiences. Even when there was some action, they were way below the 70's standards.

But from time-to-time, there were the big-ticket ventures like 'Karma' (1986), 'Mr.India' (1987), 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak' (1988), 'Ram Lakkhan' (1989), 'Maine Pyar Kiya'(1989), 'Tridev' (1989), etc which offered some much needed respite from the constant nightmare of mediocrity. One of those films was N.N.Chandra's 'Tezaab'(1988).

When I saw the film 2 years back, I wasn't much impressed as I felt the script was quite wayward and overall not good enough. But after being exposed to some more regular 80's fare, I happened to watch this film recently again. And this time I was just blown away!

I have realised that I wasn't being fare to this film by judging it solely on the basis of it's script; as compared to the regular 80's fare, this film offered so much more! First of all, this was a big- budget film. From the picture quality, sets and locales to its hard- hitting action, the film was shot on a huge scale. The film has a sort of grandeur which is bound to be a breath of fresh air for cine-goers of those times.

But for me, the 3 assets of the film are its dialogues, editing and background music. The dialogues are extremely hard-hitting and create a severe impact. The editing is extremely fast-paced and makes a solid impact from the opening scene itself. In fact it could even compete with any film of the mid-2000 period. On this front, the film was clearly way ahead of its time! And Laxmikant-Pyarelal seem to have given their all in creating a high-voltage background score that turbo-charges the film non-stop for the entire duration. That's not to say, they fared any worse when it came to the songs. 'Kehdo Ki Tum'and 'So Gayi Yeh Zameen' deliver the goods with 'Ek Do Teen' remaining a timeless classic till now!

Performance is another strong point for the film. Almost the entire cast comprising of Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Anupam Kher, Kiran Kumar, Annu Kapoor, etc deliver some power-packed performances. But it's Suresh Oberoi who stands out as the righteous and sympathetic cop, who ensures justice is finally delivered at the end. Even Chunky Pandey delivers a surprisingly heart-felt performance which is probably his best act till date. This was one of Johny Lever's earlier films and he is as usual wonderful; especially in the Telugu-mouthing Arabian act! Mandakini appears in a small cameo in what is probably the only poorly etched out character.

Many might consider the 'Ek Do Teen' number to be the highlight of the film; but for me the highlight was the demolition sequence of Lotiya Pathan's empire. With explosions, car-crashes, collapsing towers this was one of the most expensive action-sequences back then and clearly takes one's breath away! Even on the 1st occasion when I didn't like the film, I was still blown away by this particular sequence. In fact the sequence is so good, that I expected this to be the grand-climax for the film. But I was quite surprised to see that the film still went on for another half-an-hour. Still after watching a sequence like this, one expected the climactic battle to be even more stunning. But the final confrontation, filmed aboard a ship, simply drags on and falls way below expectations. This leaves a sour taste to an otherwise gripping drama.

The title (meaning 'acid') and the tag-line ('A Violent Love-Story') suit the film to the tee. The script might be a bit wayward; but the performances, dialogues, music, production quality, action and above all the editing make it a riveting experience for the viewers. This high-voltage concoction generates a heavy reaction on the viewer's psyche. Although it's nowhere near Anil Kapoor's best works, it's still one of the better films of the 1980's. Overall it's a spicy potboiler that is delicious for the regular Bollywood fans; but could give 'acidity' to those who aren't accustomed to stuffs like these!
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A Violent Story!
omarhussaini13 November 2002
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When N.Chandra's Tezaab was released in 1988, it had all the ingredients of a flop: a story as old as the hills, unknown leading lady, modest budget, and Anil Kapoor. But due to its breakneck storytelling and smoldering lead performances, Tezaab emerged as one of the biggest hits of the decade and, at the same time, unleashed the Madhu juggernaut that would dominate the industry for almost a decade. The premise is simple: Anil and Madhuri meet in college, have a fight, fall in love...you get the picture. But in a matter of seconds (minor spoiler here) everything, and I mean Everything, goes haywire as Anil is banished, Madhuri becomes a dancer, a gang war ensues, a young Johnny Lever shows up, police corruption raises its ugly head, and 2 scenes are ripped out of The Untouchables. In other words, you know you're watching an Indian movie! Before this film, Anil Kapoor was useless. He was good in supporting roles but, apart from Mr. India the previous year, wasn't having much luck as a leading man. That all changed here as Anil commanded the screen with his portrayal of Munna, an ex-patriot who now finds himself on the wrong side of the law. The raw edge that he brought to the character was perfect and one wishes he'd done more of these roles instead of the "nice guy everyman types" he plays today. As the long-suffering yet loyal Mohini, a college student forced into dancing by her alcoholic father - played well by Anupham Kher - Madhuri, who was only 21 at the time, gave the type of no holds barred performance that most actresses don't (and can't) give in their life. Her desire to succeed is so evident in this film and she is never overshadowed nor overacts. The infamous "Ek DO Teen" number is here, complete with all the "Jhataks Mathaks" that accompanied her star turn. The film lost the Boscar (i.e. the Indian Oscar) to Qayamat se Qayamat Tak although Anil did take the Best Actor trophy over Aamir Khan. Madhuri, in a close call, lost out to Rekha (if you care). There is an awful lot of violence in this film - this is after all a MAN's love story, not some sissy Shahrukh Khan flick. The flashback technique that Chandra incorporated kept the movie from being a bore without confusing the viewer. The story may not have been original, but it's the execution that made it a winner.
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A Violent Love Story!
omarhussaini19 November 2002
Warning: Spoilers
When N. Chandra's Tezaab was released in 1988, it had all the ingredients of a flop: a story as old as the hills, unknown leading lady, modest budget, and Anil Kapoor. But due to its breakneck storytelling and lead performances, Tezaab emerged as one of the biggest hits of the 80s and, at the same time, unleashed the Madhu juggernaut that would dominate the industry for a decade. The premise is simple: Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit meet in college, have a fight, fall in love...you get the picture. But in a matter of seconds (minor spoiler here) everything, and I mean Everything, goes haywire as Anil is banished, Madhuri becomes a dancer, a gang war ensues, police corruption raises its ugly head, a young Johnny Lever raises his ugly head, and 2 scenes are ripped out of The Untouchables. In other words, you know you're watching an Indian movie! Before this film Anil Kapoor was useless. He had found success in supporting roles but, apart from Mr. India the previous year, wasn't having much luck as a leading man. That all changed here as Anil commanded the screen with his portrayal of Munna, an ex-patriot who now finds himself on the wrong side of the law. The raw edge that he brought to the character was perfect and one wishes he'd done more of these roles instead of the "nice guy everyman types" he plays today. As the long-suffering yet loyal Mohini, a psychology student forced into dancing by her alcoholic father - played well by Anupham Kher - Madhuri, who was about 21 at the time, gave the type of no holds barred performance that most actresses don't (and can't) give in their life. This was her big break and her determination to succeed is evident throughout the film yet she is never overshadowed nor overacts. The infamous "Ek Do Teen" number is here, complete with all the "Jhataks Mathaks" that accompanied her star turn and made it the nation's mantra. The film lost the Boscar (i.e. the Indian Oscar) to Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak although Anil did take the Best Actor trophy over Aamir Khan. Madhuri, in a close call, lost out to Rekha (if you care). There is an awful lot of violence in this movie - this is after all a MAN's love story, not some sissy Shahrukh Khan flick. The flashback technique that Chandra incorporated into the film kept it from being a bore without confusing the viewer. The story may not have been original, but it's the execution that made it a winner.
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7/10
The acid of anguish and stuffiness
jmathur_swayamprabha28 December 2011
It's the movie which turned Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit into superstars of Hindi cinema. The song - Ek Do Teen Chaar Paanch Chhe Saat Aath Nau Dus Gyaarah Baarah Terah used to echo in the streets of India throughout the day when the movie was released. Madhuri Dixit became the dancing queen of Bollywood overnight and thereafter her on-screen magic lasted for over a decade.

The tagline of the title of the movie is 'A Violent Love Story' which is quite apt because despite being a love story, it's full of violence and action and therefore, it was liked by the romantic movie audience and the action-lovers alike.

Tezaab (acid) is a combination of two different stories of two protagonists of the movie - Mahesh or Munna (Anil Kapoor) and Mohini (Madhuri Dixit). Mahesh is a honest boy from a simple family having a genuine sympathizer in the world in the form of inspector Gagan Singh (Suresh Oberai) whereas Mohini is the daughter of an alcoholic father - Shyamlal (Anupam Kher) for whom nothing is more important than liquor. The love story of Mahesh and Mohini takes place in the college on the premise of heartbreak of Nikita (Mandakini). Once their love story takes off, love prevails everywhere for them but this blossoming of their love is marred by framing of Mahesh by a corrupt police inspector (Mahavir Shah) under a false charge and finally being termed as a known bad character (goon) is made TADIPAAR (debarred from entering the city) for one year. Now a straight boy who has been a patriot and wanted to serve his country become a criminal, known as Munna and he has his own gang with Babban (Chunkey Pandey) as his main sidekick.

On the other hand, Mohini is all alone now with his alcoholic father - Shyamlal who is such a shameless person that he has no problem even if his daughter becomes a cabaret dancer or even a call-girl provided he gets his regular quota of liquor. The owner of the club where Mohini is forced to dance - Saxena (Tej Sapru) wants to marry her but she is still awaiting for the return of the love of his life - Mahesh amidst all the turmoil and loneliness in her life. A big gangster - Lotia Pathan (Kiran Kumar) abducts Mohini from the club itself for the sake of his money owed to him by those who are interested in the life of Mohini. Now it's time for Mahesh (or Munna) to come back from his city-debarredness and not only save the life of Mohini but also settle some old scores.

The title of the movie refers to the anguish and stuffiness in Mahesh which make him feel like filled with acid in his personality. And the ending scene is not very very impressive but also justifies the title when the sympathetic police inspector Gagan Singh allows Mahesh to vent out all that acid from his personality by throwing it over on a criminal who is already going to be sentenced by the court of law.

This is easily one of the best movies of N. Chandra who has now slipped into B grade movies. The direction is topnotch and the screenplay is aptly presented through flashbacks. Right from romance to glamour to action to sentiments, in every aspect of the story, the movie scores with distinction. Art direction and other technical aspects are very good. Editing is also pretty good except for the fact that the movie is too long with an overdose of violence. Dialogues are also very impressive.

Laxmikant Pyarelal composed very good music using the lyrics of Javed Akhtar. Other than the female version of Ek Do Teen, its male version (sung by Amit Kumar), So Gaya Ye Jahaan (sung by Nitin Mukesh), Keh Do Ki Tum Ho Meri Varna (Amit Kumar-Anuradha Paudwal duet) and Hum Tumko Dilbar Kyun Maane (Anuradha Paudwal-Sudesh Bhonsle duet) are also very good. The last song was inserted in the movie after its release and box office success.

Tezaab has a great repeat value and can be watched many times. I wholeheartedly recommend this movie to both the romantic movie audience as well as the action movie audience. It's wholesome entertainment. Just bear with the excessive violence.
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A Violent Love Story!
omarhussaini13 November 2002
Warning: Spoilers
When N.Chandra's Tezaab was released in 1988, it had all the ingredients of a flop: a story as old as the hills, unknown leading lady, modest budget, and Anil Kapoor. But due to its breakneck storytelling and smoldering lead performances, Tezaab emerged as one of the biggest hits of the 80s and, at the same time, unleashed the Madhu juggernaut that would dominate the industry for almost a decade. The premise is simple: Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit meet in college, have a fight, fall in love...you get the picture. But in a matter of seconds (minor spoiler here) everything, and I mean everything, goes haywire as Anil is banished, Madhuri becomes a dancer, a gang war ensues, Johnny Lever shows up, police corruption raises its ugly head, and 2 scenes are ripped out of The Untouchables. In other words, you know you're watching an Indian movie! Before this film, Anil Kapoor was useless. He was good in supporting roles but, apart from Mr. India the previous year, wasn't having much luck as a leading man. That all changed here as Anil commanded the screen in his portrayal of Munna, an ex-patriot who now finds himself on the other side of the law. The raw edge that he brought to the character was a revelation and one wishes he'd done more of these roles instead of the "nice guy everyman types" that he plays now. As the long-suffering yet loyal Mohini, a psychology student forced into dancing by her alcoholic father - played well by Anupham Kher- Madhuri, who was only 21 at the time, gave the type of no holds barred performance that most actresses don't give in their life. Her desire to succeed is so evident in this film and she is never overshadowed nor overacts. The infamous "Ek Do Teen" number is here, complete with all the "Jhataks Mathaks" that accompanied her star turn. The film lost the Boscar (i.e. the Indian Oscar) to Qayamat se Qayamat Tak although Anil did take home the Best Actor trophy over Aamir Khan. Madhuri, in a close call, lost out to Rekha (if you care). The flashback technique that Chandra incorporated into the film saved it from being a bore without confusing the viewer. The story may not have been original, but it's the execution that made it a winner.
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4/10
Below par
snehmelt15 December 2005
I had heard a lot about this movie. Its songs became the most popular, especially " One ,two, three..". "This world has slept" gave a break to legendary singer Mukesh's son -Nitin Mukesh.

Laxmikant-Pyarelal's music was inspired by some tune they had heard a marriage band playing, so it is said. But the movie itself is a disappointment, for I expected cinema. It is a typical Hindi film with songs and dances. A rare thought provoking moment is when Suresh Oberoi's character questions Munna, about escaping responsibility. Having said this , Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit have given their best performances. Their performances lift the movie, give life to some exaggerated scenes. It is probably Chunky Pandey's only well acted movie.

Suresh Oberoi also plays his cameo well. But the film didn't deserve all the accolades it got.
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10/10
A violent love story
neo19709 August 2006
A violent love story as the director promised. Action,emotion,drama,music,dance,comedy and what not? The songs are absolutely fantastic the dance number "ek do teen" was a smash hit in those days other songs were equally good. The comedy by Johny Lever and Chunky Pandey was very good. Especially the scene when Chunky poses as an Arab business man in a gambling den. All the casts were perfect fit in this film except Anil Kapoor. Although he was the lead roll he looked too old to pass as a collage student. Madhuri Dixit looks absolutely beautiful in this movie. This was the movie when she became a star overnight. This is a really good movie. I have seen it more than 10 times.
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3/10
A remake!!
faceman_16310 May 2005
N. Chandra's Tezaab was given more than it's due. True the song "Ek Do Teen" is a foot-tabbing number & Madhuri Dixit shot to fame with this movie, yet what nobody seem to have noticed that it is a bad remake of Hollywood's action/ musical "Streets of Fire" (1984).

Much publicity was given to the movie, which helped to make it a big success.

Another flick used to make the movie a definite success, was adding a song number after the film's release.

Nothing special about this movie if you're well acquainted with good movies & cinema.
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