Damini – Lightning

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This article is about the film. For Delhi Gangrape victim, nicknamed "Damini" by the media, see 2012 Delhi gang rape case.
Damini
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DVD cover
Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi
Produced by Aly Morani
Karim Morani
Bunty Soorma
Written by

Rajkumar Santoshi

Sutanu Gupta(Story)
Starring Meenakshi Sheshadri
Sunny Deol
Rishi Kapoor
Vijayendra Ghatge
Rohini Hattangadi
Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Amrish Puri
Paresh Rawal
Tinu Anand
Music by Nadeem-Shravan
Sameer (Lyrics)
Cinematography Ishwar Bidri
Edited by V. N. Mayekar[1]
Release dates
30 April 1993
Running time
176 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office INR117.5 million (US$1.8 million)[2]

Damini – Lightning is a 1993 Hindi film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi starring Meenakshi Sheshadri in the title role alongside Rishi Kapoor, Sunny Deol, Amrish Puri, Tinu Anand, Paresh Rawal in pivotal role and Aamir Khan as special appearance. The story is of how a woman fights against society for justice. The film is considered to be the best woman centric film ever made in Bollywood along with Mother India.

Besides being critically acclaimed, the film became the sixth highest grossing of the year and was declared a 'hit' at the Indian box office.[2] Damini – Lightning is mostly remembered for Meenakshi Sheshadri's career best performance, the role that became her identity and it is also memorable for Sunny Deol's role as an advocate and gained him a Filmfare as well as National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for 1993. It strengthened his Bollywood he-man image. The film was a milestone in the careers of Meenakshi Sheshadri, Sunny Deol and Amrish Puri who gave some great hits like Ghayal and Ghatak: Lethal together. Aamir Khan acted in a very special appearance in the stage show dance song. Damini – Lightning was remade into Oriya as Nari Nuhne Tu Narayani starring Sidharth and Rachana. It was remade into Tamil as Priyanka starring Revathi as the titular character. Box Office India declared the film Hit.

Synopsis[edit]

Shekhar Gupta (Rishi Kapoor), a rich businessman, falls in love at first sight with Damini (Meenakshi Sheshadri). They get married and Damini moves into his palatial bungalow. One day, she witnesses Shekhar's younger brother, Rakesh, raping the maid-servant and rushes to tell Shekhar. Shekhar rushes over to prevent the sexual assault but is too late. The Gupta family conspire to cover up this shameful incident. But Damini decides to inform the police. The matter is taken up in court and Damini is asked to testify. Damini is portrayed as a mentally unstable person and confined in a mental institution for two weeks by a judicial order. Unable to bear the mental torture in the institution, she escapes and runs into a down-and-out alcoholic lawyer, Govind (Sunny Deol), who has the rape case re-opened. The maid-servant dies in hospital and the police write her death off as a suicide. But Govind is able to prove otherwise. It is up to Damini, Govind and Shekhar to provide justice to the victimised girl.

Cast[edit]

Remakes[edit]

Year Film Language Cast Director
1994 Priyanka Tamil Revathi, Jayaram, Prabhu G. Neelakanta Reddy
1997 Urmila Telugu Suman[disambiguation needed], Malashri
2007 Nari Ninu Tu Narayani Oriya Sidhanth, Rachana

Soundtrack[edit]

# Title Singer(s)
1 "Jab Se Tumko Dekha Hai Sanam" Kumar Sanu, Sadhana Sargam
2 "Gawah Hain Chand Taare" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik
3 "Bin Sajan Jhoola Jhoolu" Kumar Sanu, Sadhana Sargam
4 "Sacha Aashiq Hai To" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik
5 "Kaga To Udd Gaya" Alka Yagnik

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Damini Movietalkies.com.
  2. ^ a b Box Office 1993 Box Office India.
  3. ^ Damini Bollywood Hungama.
  4. ^ Awards IMDB.

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