"Jimmy Cliff" (SaifAliKhan), aka Jeetendra, is a highly westernized Indian man who works in a call center. He falls for Pooja Singh (KareenaKapoor), and she cons him into stealing money from her boss the gangster Bhaiyyaji (Creator/AnilKapoor). But Pooja double-crosses Jimmy and takes off with the money, leaving him to deal with the wrath of Bhaiyyaji, and with Bhaiyyaji's hired goon Bachchan Pandey (Creator/AkshayKumar). After Jimmy, Bachchan and Bhaiyyaji catch up with Pooja, there is a major gun battle with the police, which leads to Jimmy, Pooja, and Bachchan being sent off to recover the money that Pooja has hidden. Jimmy and Pooja hatch a plan to manipulate Bachchan by having Pooja romance the big goon. And then things get complicated...

Released a couple of years ahead of the current action movie boom in Bollywood, Tashan had a star-studded cast and was heavily hyped, but flopped on release. It has developed a cult following, and its comparatively sophisticated action scenes (by Bollywood standards) were certainly ahead of their time.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Pooja
* {{Adorkable}}: Bachchan Pandey in love.
* AllStarCast: SaifAliKhan and Creator/AkshayKumar were close to the peak of their popularity, and KareenaKapoor was a rising star. Creator/AnilKapoor was a former leading man who had only recently transitioned into character roles.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: Bhaiyyaji plans to do this to Pooja at one point.
* AxCrazy: Bhaiyaaji.
* BaitTheDog: Bhaiyaaji seems like a somewhat eccentric but funny and likeable bad guy with a terrible case of {{Malaproper}}. Then we see the flashbacks where he is revealed to have killed Pooja's father, not to mention him killing a hapless victim by [[NoKillLikeOverkill smashing his head in with a cricket bat]].
* BigBad: Bhaiyyaji
* ChildhoodSweetheart: Pooja claims to be this, in her attempts to get friendly with Bachchan.
* DecoyProtagonist: When the film starts, it appears to be mostly about Jimmy, but over time he is increasingly upstaged by [[EnsembleDarkhorse Bhaiyyaji and Bachchan Pandey]], and by the end of the story it becomes clear that Pooja is the main person driving the plot arc.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Bhaiyyaji, who seems to be AffablyEvil until he reveals how willing he is to torture and kill people.
* FemmeFatale: Pooja
* GuileHero: Pooja, for certain values of "hero." Jimmy also wants to be this, but with varying degrees of success.
* GunsAkimbo: One of Bachchan Pandey's trademarks in the action scenes, along with LeParkour.
* HeelFaceTurn: Bachchan goes from PunchClockVillain to TheHero due to ThePowerOfLove.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Jimmy, Pooja and Bachchan all qualify to some extent, but Bachchan-a bearded, extremely uncouth man with his own code of honor and a surprising romantic side-is probably the most classic example.
* LaughablyEvil: Bhaiyaaji until [[KnightOfCerebus he stops mucking around]] in the second half of the movie.
* LeParkour: Creator/AkshayKumar gets to show off one of his favorite hobbies in a couple of the action sequences.
* {{Malaproper}}: Bhaiyyaji's specialty
* PaintingTheMedium: Jimmy and Bachchan offer voiceover narration in the first half of the movie, in a way that appears to be asides to the audience. In the epilogue, Jimmy, Pooja, and Bachchan all address the audience directly.
* PowerTrio / BigThinShortTrio / TwoGuysAndAGirl: Jimmy, Pooja, and Bachchan show elements of these dynamics when they are all working together. Bachchan is the big one, Jimmy is the short one, and Pooja (played by an actress who dieted and exercised her way to a [[UnfortunateImplications "size zero"]] for the role) is the thin one.
* PsychopathicManchild: Bhaiyyaji seems to qualify.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: the sequences between Jimmy and Bachchan play out like this, even though metrosexual Jimmy is a skirtchaser and a weasel, and tough guy Bachchan is the more romantic and chivalrous of the two.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: one of Bachchan's key fashion accessories.
* SleevesAreForWimps: resident MrFanservice Bachchan Pandey dresses like this in the "Dil Dance Mare" song sequence.
* TheCastShowoff: see under LeParkour, above.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: A rare sympathetic example, as Pooja's manipulations and secret agenda have elements of this, and Jimmy also briefly tries the role on for size towards the end of the film.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Pooja uses this on Jimmy to great success, and on Bachchan with more limited success, leading her to try the "longlost childhood sweetheart" gambit instead.
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