''Pukar'' is a UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}} film released in 2000. The story centers around Indian Army Major Jaidev "Jai" Rajvansh (Creator/AnilKapoor), who just managed to capture India's terrorist Abrush and lauded as a hero by the Indian people. While on a well deserved vacation, he returns home to his family where his childhood friend Anjali (Creator/MadhuriDixit), secretly has a crush on him and is determined to be with him 24/7.

Unfortunately, he falls for Pooja Mallappa, daughter of General Mallappa and an aspiring supermodel. Both hit it off almost immediately, leaving Anjali heartbroken and jealous. Observing this drama are Jai's enemies, who decide to take advantage of the situation. {{Hilarity Ensues}}.

Essentially an Indian cinematic version of ''Series/TwentyFour'' with particularly good Bollywood Masala and the smallest helping of {{Fatal Attraction}} added into the mix. Noted amongst Bollywood filmgoers for Creator/MadhuriDixit's performance as Anjali, one of the most layered roles of her career and the only one that wasn't strictly heroic. Anil Kapoor was given the National Movie Award by the Indian Government for what was considered the best performance of his then-twenty year career.
!!Examples of:

* AvengingTheVillain: The film revolves around this trope in the set up to the second half.
* BattleCouple: [[spoiler:Jai and Anjali when they try to escape Abrush's deathsquads]].
* BigBad: Abrush of course.
* CatchPhrase: "I'll have you courtmartialed, Major!" Whenever Jai annoys Anjali. Becomes a FunnyAneurysmMoment for her later on.
* TheCaptain: Jai, even though he's a Major, fits this trope.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Anjali at the beginning of the movie.
* ColonelBadass: Colonel Hussein, when [[spoiler: he takes out a whole deathsquad ''after'' he is riddled with bullets and ''still'' manages to stay alive long enough to find and tip off Jai to the evil macinations of the BigBad]]
* DespairEventHorizon: Abrush's ultimate goal with Jai and to a greater extent, India itself.
* EngagementChallenge: Jai goes through this with Pooja's parents.
* AFatherToHisMen: The reason why Jai is successful in capturing Abrush at the beginning of the movie.
* HeroicBSOD: The scene is one of the most memorable in the film and was mainly what won Anil Kapoor the National Movie Award.
* HeroicSacrifice: Played straight multiple times.
* InsigniaRipOffRitual: Jai's dismissal from the Army after being accused of treason has this. By the end of the scene, his shirt is in tatters.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: As mentioned above, this is essentially a Bollywood version of ''Series/TwentyFour''. As such, this trope is a must. Jai is both on the giving and receiving ends of the trope at different times of the movie.
* MsFanservice: Anjali in a slinky nightclub outfit and Pooja during one of the songs.
* ParentalMarriageVeto: Slightly subverted. Jai's parents [[spoiler: want him to marry Anjali, but he has his heart set on Pooja]]. They don't do much other than object though.
* RelationshipUpgrade: Anjali wants this very badly. [[spoiler: And gets it, after having Jai nearly thrown in prison for ''treason'']]
* SmugSnake: Mishra and his aide fit this to a tee.
* TooSoon: This movie was released a year after the Kargil War fought between India and Pakistan, but that didn't stop the usual "Pakistan sends terrorist to destroy India" plot.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: First half of the movie revolves around this trope with Anjali.
* WomanScorned: Anjali, of course.
* {{Yandere}}: Anjali gets damned close to this.