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Directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Written by Imtiaz Hussain
Screenplay by Shiv Kumar Subramaniam
Story by Vidhu Vinod Chopra
(Also Scenario)
Starring Anil Kapoor
Jackie Shroff
Madhuri Dixit
Nana Patekar
Anupam Kher
Music by R.D. Burman
Cinematography Binod Pradhan
Edited by Renu Saluja
Vinod Chopra Productions
Distributed by Vinod Chopra Productions
Release dates
November 3, 1989
Running time
155 mins
Country India
Language Hindi

Parinda (Hindi: परिंदा, English: The Bird) is a 1989 Indian crime drama film directed and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. It is considered by many [according to whom?] to be the turning point in reality in Hindi cinema, as the theme of the film discusses the real life of Indian underworld gangsters and the general life of residents in the city of Mumbai. The film stars Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar and Madhuri Dixit in the lead roles. It won two National Film Awards and five Filmfare Awards, and was India's official entry for the 1990 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.The movie was titled Kabutarkhana but later changed and release as Parinda.


The story revolves around two brothers, Kishen (Jackie Shroff) and Karan (Anil Kapoor), who have spent their childhood growing up alone on the streets of Mumbai. In order for Karan to have a better upbringing and education, Kishen joins Anna Seth (Nana Patekar). Anna owns an oil factory, but that's a mere prop to cover up his dealings within the underworld. Karan is unaware of the fact that his brother is working for a gang. Inspector Prakash (Anupam Kher), Karan's best friend, is aware of Anna's gang activities and wants to bring him to justice. Anna knows that Karan and Prakash are best friends, so he sets up the murder of Prakash when Prakash and Karan are supposed to meet after Karan's arrival from America. Karan witnesses the murder of his friend Prakash, who dies in his arms.

Karan is devastated with the happenings, and is even more shocked to learn that Kishen is a gangster working for Anna, the man responsible for Prakash's murder. Iqbal, who is friends with Karan, though crippled he keeps all the information of the underworld. This very knowledge is threat to life, since Abdul (one of the three killers of Prakash) is wary of Iqbal. Iqbal briefs Karan about all the internal information of Anna's Gang and his rival gang led by Musa. Determined Karan resolves for revenge.

Karan goes to join Anna's gang. Anna wanting to weigh his credibility, locks him with Iqbal and can come out only after killing him. Anna is sure that Karan won't be able to kill Iqbal. Iqbal then shoots himself so that Karan can execute his plan without any guilt. To everyone else's surprise it appears that Karan has killed Iqbal and he becomes a part of Anna's gang.

Kishen is very disappointed since he wanted his brother to lead a normal life, but is not able to deter Karan from his motives. With the help of Musa, Karan is able to eliminate all the three killers of Prakash. By playing off one gang against the other, he hopes to exterminate both of them at the same time. In a desperate attempt to get Karan away from it all, Kishen gets him married to Paro. But when the couple is brutally killed on their wedding night, Kishen is out for revenge against Anna Seth.

There are some similarities between this movie and the 1954 American crime drama On the Waterfront.


  • Anil Kapoor as Karan
  • Jackie Shroff as Kishan
  • Madhuri Dixit as Paro
  • Nana Patekar as Anna
  • Anupam Kher as Inspector Prakash
  • Suresh Oberoi as Abdul
  • Tom Alter as Musa
  • Anang Desai as Inspector Mirani
  • Kamal Chopra as Rama
  • Shiv Subramaniyam as Francis
  • Achyut Potdar as a Marriage Priest (Panditji)
  • Vidhu Vinod Chopra as the corpse
  • Sameer Khakkar as Iqbal
  • Dilip Kulkarni as Inspector Chauhan
  • Hitesh as Kid Karan
  • Mohan as Kid Anna
  • Shweta as Kid Paro
  • Jatin as Kid Prakash
  • Sameer as Kid Kishen
  • Ashok Sharma as a Man at hotel
  • Sanjay as Kidnapper 1
  • Uday Chandra as the Petrol pump attendant
  • Noor Mohd as a Country craft driver


The film was initially named Kabutarkhana. Anna Seth, the role played by Nana Patekar, was supposed to be played by Naseeruddin Shah. The role of Kishen which was played by Jackie Shroff, was originally meant to be played by Amitabh Bachchan. The song Kitni Pyari Pyari Dosti also has singer Shaan's voice in it. This happens to be his debut song in a Bollywood film, where he sings only a single line.


Nana Patekar was critically injured during the shooting of the last scene. In the scene he is supposed to be burned to death, which in reality he was almost burned to death. He was hospitalized for 60 days and took about a year to recover from his injuries.


The soundtrack was composed by Rahul Dev Burman, using the voices of Asha Bhosle and Suresh Wadkar. Lyrics are penned by Khurshid Hallauri.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Kitni Hai Pyari Pyari"   Khurshid Hallauri Suresh Wadkar, Shailendra Singh 04.14
2. "Pyar Ke Mod Pe"   Khurshid Hallauri Suresh Wadkar, Asha Bhosle 06:31
3. "Sehra Mein Dulha Hoga"   Khurshid Hallauri Suresh Wadkar, Shailendra Singh 06:32
4. "Tum Se Milke"   Khurshid Hallauri Suresh Wadkar, Asha Bhosle 05:11

Tume Se Milke was same tune as Leo Sayer's "When I Need You"


At the 35th Filmfare Awards, Parinda managed to win five awards from an additional six nominations. This film also won two National Film Awards in 1990.

Award Category Nominee Result
National Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nana Patekar Won
Best Editing Renu Saluja Won
Filmfare Awards Filmfare Best Director Award Vidhu Vinod Chopra Won
Filmfare Best Actor Award Jackie Shroff Won
Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award Nana Patekar Won
Filmfare Best Editing Award Renu Saluja Won
Filmfare Best Screenplay Award Shivkumar Subramaniam Won
Filmfare Best Film Award Vidhu Vinod Chopra Nominated

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