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Tridev (three gods) is a 1989 Hindi language Bollywood action thriller, starring Sunny Deol, Naserudin Shah, Jackie Shroff, Madhuri Dixit, Sonam, Sangeeta Bijlani note  and Amrish Puri.

Sunny Deol stars as Mumbai police inspector Karan Saxena who is pursuing a gang of weapon smugglers lead by Amarish Puri. The police commissioner’s daughter played by Madhura Dixie has the hots for him. The inspector captures a top Lieutenant named Rathaud, at which point, the gang kidnaps the commissioner’s daughter. Her brother Ravi Mathur played by Jackie Shroff rescues Rathaud from prison so that the gang frees his sister, then infiltrates the gang. While doing so, he falls for a dancer played by Sangeeta Bijlani and resolves to help her escape the gang’s clutches.

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Meanwhile, Karan is reassigned to a backwater village, where he tangles with local troublemaker Jaysingh played by Naserudin Shah. Ultimately, Karan, Ravi and Jaysingh join forces to take down the gang once and for all.

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  • Great Escape: Karan, Ravi and Jaysingh are in police custody and break out by staging a brawl, and then fighting their way out of the precinct.
  • Gunship Rescue: Not quite a gunship as it has no equipped weapons, but Ravi uses a helicopter and a pistol to spring Rathaud from prison.
  • I Have Your Wife: The gang kidnaps the commissioner’s daughter to force him to release on\e of their own. Doesn’t work on the commissioner, but it forces her brother to act.
  • The Infiltration: Ravi pretends to join the gang by springing one of them from prison, in order to wreck it from the inside.
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  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Karan is dispatched to a faraway village so he won’t act against the gang, and further endanger the commissioner’s daughter.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Karan and Jaysingh
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