Earlier, director Milan Luthria had said the idea of his upcoming film “Baadshaho” was conceptualised while he was making 1999 action thriller “Kachche Dhaage”.
“I got the story idea of ‘Baadshaho’ on the sets of ‘Kachche Dhaage’ when a distributor friend of mine dropped in on the sets in Rajasthan. He told me about what happened in various places in the state during Emergency, like the raids that were conducted on several royal families for non declaration of wealth,” Milan said in a statement. “It felt just right for a larger than life film. I got busy on other films but this story never left me. I always thought I’d make it when I had the right cast to support it,” Milan added.
The director said he got busy with other films post “Kachche Dhaage” but the story stayed with him.
Baadshaho takes us to the emergency era of 1975, when there was political unrest in the full country. When Rani Gitanjali’s (Ileana) palace in Jaipur is raided for gold, she is arrested for withholding it without declaration. The government seizes the gold and decides to transfer it via road to Delhi in a truck with officer Singh, a cocky cop in charge of the whole operation. The story takes us through a thrilling journey between Jaipur and Delhi, along with various obstacles, secrets and revelations. It explores the relationships between these characters amongst fun, banter, deceit, betrayal and loads of drama The highlight of the film apart from the ensemble cast that are playing characters very unlike their style is its superbly drafted screenplay, and its action sequences.