Baadshaho (transl. Kings) is a 2017 Indian Hindi-language action-adventure film written by Rajat Arora, and directed and co-produced by Milan Luthria. It features Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Ileana D’Cruz, Vidyut Jammwal, Esha Gupta and Sanjay Mishra in the lead roles. The film is set in the emergency era of 1975–77.
In 1973, Maharani Gitanjali is a princess to a royal family in Rajasthan. Although every royal family was required to turn over their wealth at the end of the ancestral reign, her ancestors did not hand it over to the government. Two years later, in 1975, the then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, declares a state of emergency in the country. Sanjeev, an influential person in the Congress government, plots revenge against Gitanjali after he was snubbed badly by her in 1973. Sanjeev asks army officer Colonel Rudra Pratap Singh to confiscate all the gold in Gitanjali’s possession and to put her behind bars. Rudra follows Sanjeev’s instructions and imprisons Gitanjali after forcibly taking possession of her gold.
Rudra asks his trusted lieutenants, Major Seher Singh and Captain Somesh, to transfer all the gold to Delhi into the government’s safekeeping. For this purpose, he gives Seher Singh a custom-made truck with a powerful safe to transport the confiscated gold. As Rudra and Seher Singh are discussing, Sanjana, Gitanjali’s trusted aide, is sent by her to eavesdrop on their conversation and get a whiff of their plan. Gitanjali then plans an entire scheme; she wants Sanjana to accompany Bhawani Singh in getting all the gold back and eventually release her from jail.
Gitanjali briefs Bhawani Singh, her trusted lieutenant, about the gold and her reasons for keeping it – she needs the money to look after the people in her village. The loyal Bhawani Singh promises to retrieve the gold and return it to Gitanjali, with whom he shares a romantic relationship.