Main Azaad Hoon (1989)
(Released: Dec 15, 1989)
Gokuldas (Manohar Singh) has taken over Rajnagar's leading newspaper and would like to increase it's circulation manifold. He holds a conference with Pandey and Editor Sharma (Ajit Vachani) to this effect. Sharma is asked to let go of some employees, including Reporter Subhashini Saigal (Shabana Azmi). On her last day at work, she writes a letter from one Azaad, threatening to kill himself by falling from an under-construction hospital site. This story captures the interest of the people, who demand to know who Azaad is. Gokuldas and his staff present Azaad (Amitabh Bachchan) to the public, who are captivated by his manner of speaking and leadership qualities. Soon Azaad gains city-wide recognition, and everyone, including the State's Chief Minister, Gulabchand Damodar (Sudhir Pandey), wants to meet and befriend him. Azaad, however, chooses to befriend sugar-cane farmers, university youth, and mill workers, much to ire of the Mill Owners' Association's president, Dal Chand Jain (Anupam Kher). What the general public do not know is that Azaad is not even a real entity, the man they called Azaad is a homeless bum, who has been paid by Gokuldas so that he can pave the way for him to become the next Chief Minister. Watch how events unfold when the public find out the fraud imposed on them, and what impact this will have on Azaad, Subhashini, Gokuldas and others.