Ankush

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Ankush
Directed by N. Chandra
Produced by N. Chandra
Subhas R. Durgakar
Written by N. Chandra, Sayed Sultan
Starring Nana Patekar
Nisha Singh
Raja Bundela
Arjun Chakraborty
Music by Kuldeep Singh
Cinematography H. Laxminarayan
Edited by N. Chandra
Running time 149 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Ankush is a 1986 Hindi movie written, directed, edited and co-produced by N. Chandra starring Nana Patekar. It is a story of four lower middle class unemployed young men in Mumbai (then Bombay) who feel disconnected with society and are wasting their life away when new neighbours, a young beautiful girl Nita (Nisha Singh) and her grandmother, change their perspective. They change their attitude and try and blend in with the normal, honest and hard-working society of 1980s India when Nita is raped at the hands of her employers. However the culprits are let off for the want of evidence and Nita takes extreme step of suicide. They then take revenge of each and every culprit in a very novel way. It also shows their distrust in the law of the land. The movie has a tragic end with all four getting capital punishment for doing what they thought was correct, specially so when law of land fails to book the criminals for their wrongdoings.

Although a small budget film with then unknown actors film was a big hit in Mumbai (then Bombay) as it realistically depicted social conditions prevailing then in the aftermath of famous Mumbai (then Bombay) cotton textile mills strike which rendered thousands jobless. The film stars a very young Nana Patekar, and has an excellent and memorable Bhajan of Indian Cinema : 'Itni Shakti Humen de na daata' by Ghanshyam Wasvani.

Writer, Editor, Director and co-producer N.Chandra earned both popular as also critical acclaim for this film. He had earlier worked under Gulzar as an editor. Chandrashekhar Narvekar alias N Chandra scored a hat-trick at the box office with his first three films, Ankush (1986), Pratighaat (1987) and Tezaab (1988). Ankush has earned the status of a cult classic over time, and the ending scene which symbolizes their hanging in front of the India Gate has received much attention. The film is one of the very first realistic depictions of inner city adolescents growing up in an atmosphere of social and economic deprivation.

The film was remade in Tamil as Kavithai Paada Neramillai and in Kannada as Ravana Rajya.

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