Jaanwar is a story about a child changing a criminal into a good human being. This film is also supposed to revive Akshay Kumar's slagging career. But I really don't see how. Akshay proved he had talent and was capable of carrying off challenging role in Sangharsh, but here he doesn't do full justice. Jaanwar may become a hit or flop, but it certainly doesn't give us any new insight on Akshay Kumar's acting.
Baadshah (Akshay Kumar) is picked up when he's a young child by Sultaan (Shakti Kapoor). Sultaan turns Baadshah into a hardcore criminal who robs and kills. Baadshah comes across Sapna (Karisma Kapoor), a dancer, and both fall in love and decide to get married. On the day of the wedding, Baadshah gets into a fight with one of his rivals and can't make it to the temple where he's supposed to get married. He finds a baby boy, lonely without any caretakers and decides to change his way of life (and name) and be the guardian to the boy. Later, when the boy (Aditya Kapadia) is 8 years old, his biological parents (Mohinsh Behl and Shilpa Shetty) come back to take him. Sultaan also comes back to haunt Baadshah, now known as Babu Lohar, because he wants his money back that Babu lost in a deal.