Thirty Years of Khoon Bhari Maang: Why We Love a Camp Classic About Crocodile Justice

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Thirty Years of Khoon Bhari Maang: Why We Love a Camp Classic About Crocodile Justice

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ong before Ashutosh Gowariker and Hrithik Roshan jointly mauled the reputation of crocodiles in Mohenjo Daro, the aquatic reptile had quite a following in the Hindi film industry. Especially 30 years ago, when the humble crocodile was cast in a scene-stealing double role in Rakesh Roshan’s Khoon Bhari Maang — where it played both villain and ally.

The kitschy, cosmetic surgery- and croc-friendly film’s most famous scene involved its unsuspecting lead, Aarti (Rekha), being pushed off a boat by her new husband Sanjay (Kabir Bedi), and straight into the jaws of a crocodile (You can look it up on YouTube by searching with the keywords “natural murder”).

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