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Gupt: The Hidden Truth
Gupt.jpg
Directed by Rajiv Rai
Produced by Gulshan Rai
Rajiv Rai
Screenplay by Rajiv Rai
Shabbir Boxwala
Story by Rajiv Rai
Starring Bobby Deol
Manisha Koirala
Kajol
Music by Viju Shah
Cinematography Ashok Mehta
Edited by Rajiv Rai
Distributed by Trimurti Films
Release date(s) 4th July 1997
Running time 174 mins
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office INR250 million (US$4.2 million)[1]
See also General Union of Palestinian Teachers

Gupt: The Hidden Truth (English: Secret), commonly known as Gupt, is a 1997 Bollywood suspense thriller film, directed by Rajiv Rai. It stars Bobby Deol, Manisha Koirala, Kajol, Paresh Rawal, Om Puri and Raj Babbar. The film's soundtrack was composed by Viju Shah, while the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi.

Upon release, Gupt became a critical and commercial success. The film's storyline and soundtrack earned critical praise. It grossed INR250 million (US$4.2 million) at the domestic box office.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

Governor Jaisingh Sinha (Raj Babbar) holds an authoritative position in the state administration and is also renowned among the populace as an even-handed person. Among his associates are the other prominent persons of the city - Mantriji (Prem Chopra), affluent industrialist Meghnath Chaudhry (Dalip Tahil) and union leader Vilas Rao (Sharat Saxena). Sinha's family include his step-son Sahil (Bobby Deol) and Sahil's mother Sharda (Priya Tendulkar) along with his own son Harsh. Sinha shares a troubled relationship with Sahil, who dislikes his step father.

After a lengthy detachment, Sahil meets his childhood companion Isha (Kajol), the daughter of the Governor's PA, Ishwar Diwan (Paresh Rawal) at college and mutual love escalates between the two. At the same time Sheetal (Manisha Koirala), the daughter of Meghnath Chaudhry, secretly loves Sahil. Considering Sheetal as perfect better-half for Sahil, Sinha, on the occasion of Sahil's birthday party publicly declares Sahil's engagement with Sheetal. Sahil, who is stupefied, takes exception to his father's decision and at one point, furiously aims a knife at his step father in front of the guests.

On a later day, Sahil is intoxicated after drinking heavily at the house of Dr Gandhi (Kulbhushan Kharbanda), the family doctor, who advises Sahil to accept Sheetal. A pie-eyed Sahil decides to confront his father and returns home to find, to his shock and horror, that someone has mortally stabbed him. His mother sees him and believes him to be the murderer, and Sahil is framed for his step father's murder, after many of Sinha's acquaintances, including the family lawyer Thanawala (Raza Murad) and even his mother, testify against him. The court condemns to Sahil 14 years of imprisonment. Before being taken to Central Jail, Sahil stealthily passes an unidentified locket to Sheetal, which he found at his father's murder spot and asks her to keep it for as long as possible.

In jail, an old prisoner hearkens to Sahil's account and narrates to him a secret, yet perilous scheme of escaping from the jail. Sahil beats up two prisoners along with the jailer and is thrown into the darkest cell in the prison. One day, Sahil succeeds in decamping from the jail along with the two prisoners he beat up, through an unheard-of gutter pipe from that very cell that leads to the sea, with a boat arrangement afforded by Sheetal. He then meets Isha, who decides to help him with finding the real killer. At this moment of extreme hardship, Sahil decides to meet Dr Gandhi to get some advice from him after a cryptic warning from the latter on the phone. On the other hand, Sahil's escape creates unrest in the police department and an unyielding & resolute police officer Udham Singh (Om Puri) is commissioned the case of taking Sahil into custody. When Sahil goes to Dr Gandhi's house later that night, he finds that the doctor has also been stabbed to death by possibly the same mysterious killer. With the testimony given by Dr Gandhi's servant, an F.I.R. is lodged against Sahil.

Sahil, now framed for two murders, finds many grounds to figure out that his father's killer must be one among the governor's associates - lawyer Thanawala, union leader Vilas Rao, Meghnath Chaudhry and Mantriji, all of whom testified against him in the court. He attacks and interrogates them separately. However, this is inconclusive as all of them reveal ulterior motives, but deny having any hand in the murder.

With the evidence of the two typically made Kashmiri knives, found at both murder sites, Udham Singh figures out that they belong to a set. After some digging, he finds that the set belongs to Ishwar Diwan, hidden behind a painting in his house. Diwan tries to elude the clutches of the police but is promptly nabbed by Udham Singh, in front of Sahil's mother and younger brother. Diwan then confesses to both murders, the motive being that Sinha had rejected Isha, believing her to be of a lower stature. With this confession, Sahil's name is cleared and he returns home. The only unsolved mystery left now is that of the locket that Sahil found earlier. Udham Singh, is drinking in is house, along with two of his associates, celebrating the end of the case. When the associates leave, the mysterious killer then appears behind Udham Singh, just as Sahil's brother cracks open the locket and shows it to him. The killer's face is shown just as Sahil finds a picture inside the locket. It is Isha.

Isha stabs Udham Singh several times and escapes. Shocked, Sahil goes to the police station where Ishwar Diwan is locked up and confronts him about Isha. Diwan reveals to have known all along that his daughter was the killer. He then goes on to explain that ever since their childhood, Isha had harboured a possessive nature for Sahil. Once, Dr. Gandhi's dog had bitten Sahil, and had been found dead later, Isha having killed him. Given her psychological problem, and despite Ishwar's many protests, Dr. Gandhi and Governor Sinha had sent Isha away to a boarding school. When he met Isha later, their relationship progressed well. After Sahil's disagreement with his father at his birthday party, Ishwar had gone with his daughter to Sinha and had pleaded to him to accept Isha as his daughter-in-law. Both he and Isha were rudely rejected by Sinha and Dr. Gandhi. The rejection had driven an already enraged Isha to the point of insanity, which had driven her to commit both murders.

Realising that Sheetal is in danger, since Isha had threatened her earlier, Sahil rushes to her house, where she is alone. Isha goes to her house and starts to attack her while Sahil is himself attacked by a henchman sent by Mantriji to kill him. Wounded and exhausted, Sahil finally reaches Sheetal's house and prevents Isha from killing Sheetal but the henchman arrives and is killed instead. Isha still continues to attack Sheetal, with Sahil trying to wrest the knife from her. In the nick of time, Udham Singh, wounded but not dead, arrives and shoots Isha. As she lays dying in his arms, Isha confesses to Sahil that she had always loved him and she had been scared of losing him. Sahil sadly says that he had always been hers. He hugs Isha one final time as she dies in his arms.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

The movie is highly appreciated for its soundtrack composed by Viju Shah who bagged the Filmfare Best Background Score award in 1998 for Gupt. In 1997, the songs of Gupt became trendy - certain songs like "Gupt Gupt" & "Mere Khwabon Mein Tu" were the sought-after tracks of the album whose lyrics were written by Anand Bakshi. The title track "Gupt Gupt" and its variants engender the thriller essence of the movie at various scenes. Songs of Gupt can be heard widely played even today.[2]

# Title Singer(s) Length
1 "Yeh Pyasi Mohabbat" Alka Yagnik 06:02
2 "Mushkil Bada Yeh Pyaar Hai" Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan 05:53
3 "Gupt Gupt" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Hema Sardesai, Chetan 02:55
4 "Gupt Gupt (Extended)" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Hema Sardesai, Chetan 04:55
5 "Mere Khwabon Mein Tu" Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu 05:33
6 "Duniya Haseeno Ka Mela" Udit Narayan, Sunita Rao 06:30
7 "Yeh Pyaar Kya Hai" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy 05:13
8 "Mere Sanam" Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam 05:48
9 "Gupt Gupt (Instrumental)" 02:22

Critical reception[edit]

Gupt received positive reviews from critics. Fullhyderabad.com gave it a 7.5/10 rating and wrote, "It is a slickly made movie with stylish cinematography, beautiful locales, and pretty good performances. It falls in the genre of thriller movies and fares much better than any of its sorry predecessors did. The director, Rajiv Rai is not over-awed by the subject and so does not make a hosh-posh out of the whole thing."[3] Mohammad Ali Ikram of Planet Bollywood praised the suspense and music, but criticized Bobby Deol's performance in the film.[4]

Box office[edit]

Gupt grossed INR250 million (US$4.2 million) at the domestic box office. Box Office India declared it a "Hit".[1]

Awards and recognition[edit]

1997 was one of the most successful years for Bollywood with hits like Border, Judwaa, Dil to Pagal Hai, Pardes, Yes Boss, Virasat, Ziddi, Ishq and Gupt: The Hidden Truth. Gupt won three Filmfare Awards and was nominated in five other categories. It was also the fourth largest blockbuster of the year after Border, Dil To Pagal Hai and Pardes. Kajol was the first woman in Filmfare Award history to receive the Best Villain award.

1998 Filmfare awards[edit]

1998 Filmfare nomination[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Box office". Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Gupt Music Review". planetbollywood.com. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Review (Fullhyderabad.com)". Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "review (Planet Bollywood)". Retrieved 11 February 2013. 

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