Phir Bhi Dil Hain Hindustani

Ajay Bakshi and Ria Banerjee both work as journalists for competing television networks, K-TV and Galaxee, respectively. They are encouraged to play a game of one-upmanship or one-upwomanship by their superiors, Kaka Chowdhary and Mr. Chinoy. This offers them the chance to occasionally start singing while exclaiming, “I am the best!”

When the two become embroiled in an unpleasant political conflict between opposition leader Ramakant Dua and  chief minister Mushran, the plot takes a dangerous turn . The portrayal of the usual politician-journo relationship, the obligatory rape scene, the helpless police commissioner, and an innocent victim are examples of where the movie becomes mired in tropes. And finally, a conviction in the strength of the average person.

And yes, the hero and heroine discover that their hearts are still pounding for one another while everyone else realises that their hearts still beat for India. It’s time to band together to ensure that the truth—and the truth alone—will triumph, rivalry and career at stake.


ShahRukh Khan as Ajay Bakshi

Juhi Chawla as Ria Banerjee

Paresh Rawal as Mohan Joshi

Johnny Lever as Choti / Pappu Junior

Atul Parchure as Shahid Akram

Sanjay Mishra as Bomb Diffuser

Sharat Saxena as Pappu’s boss

Anjan Srivastav as Police Commissioner

Neena Kulkarni as Laxmi Joshi

Dalip Tahil as Chinoy

Satish Shah as Kaka

Govind Namdeo as Chief Minister Mushran

Shakti Kapoor as Minister Ramakant Dua

Mahavir Shah as Madanlal Gupta – Ramakant’s brother in law

Bharti Achrekar as Mrs. Neha Banerjee – Ria’s mother

Smita Jaykar as Mrs. Sudeepa Bakshi – Ajay’s mother

Vishwajeet Pradhan as Head Police Inspector

Dilip Joshi as Sapney (Choti’s aide)

Mona Ambegaonkar as Shalini Bahl (Cameo)

Hyder Ali as Mr. Rohan Bakshi – Ajay’s father

Dimple Inamdar

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