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Promotional Poster
Directed by Raj N. Sippy
Produced by Sanjay Ray
Written by Vinay Shukla
Starring Sanjay Dutt
Madhuri Dixit
Music by Bappi Lahri
Release dates
10 December 1990
Country India
Language Hindi

Thanedaar is a 1990 Hindi action film directed by Raj N. Sippy and starring Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Jeetendra, Jaya Pradha and Kiran Kumar.[1] The film is perhaps most remembered for the hit song Tamma Tamma Loge and its quirky dancing moves. It was the first pairing of Dutt and Dixit who went on to star in 7 films together including big box office successes Saajan (1991) and Khalnayak (1993).[2]

Despite the film not being highly remembered, a sequel titled Thanedaar Returns is under production.



Thanedaar was well received by a number of critics. The film scored well at the box office grossing 8 crore nett and was declared a hit.[3] It was also the sixth highest grossing film of the year 1990.


No. Title Singer(s) Lyricist(s)
1. Tamma Tamma Loge Anuradha Paudwal, Bappi Lahiri Indeewar
2. Jab Se Hui Hain Shaadi Amit Kumar Sameer & Raj Sippy
3. Zulmi Sayyan Thanedaar Asha Bhosle Sameer
4. Aur Bhala Mein Kiya Mangu Rab Se Lata Mangeshkar, Pankaj Udhas Anjaan
5. Pehli Pehli Baar Aisa Thanedaar Aaya Alka Yagnik, Amit Kumar Indeewar
6. Kamal Ho Gaya Asha Bhosle Sameer
7. Jeena Hai To Hans Ke Jiyo Amit Kumar, Asha Bhosle, Reema Lahiri Anjaan

Tamma Tamma Loge[edit]

The song became an instant chartbuster due to its quirky dance moves and lyrics. It is well known that Dutt had great difficulty performing the dance moves especially the famous scene with the chairs, and though he spent almost a month training, still could not complete them with ease. It is however less known that a body double Javed Jaffrey, performed the chair sequence instead.[4] In an interview, choreographer Saroj Khan talked about the shooting the song, which took 48 takes to get okayed.[5]

The tune was copied from Mory Kanté's song Tama.[2] There were also plans to remix the song by director duo Abbas Mustan for their film Players but later these plans were scrapped due to there not being enough time before the release of the film.[6]


The sequel to Thanedaar will be the Hindi remake of Tamil film Saamy (2003). It is currently in production, shooting will begin at the end of August and is likely to be released in mid 2013. At one point the film was planned for a Diwali 2012 release but plans for the sequel have almost been scrapped due to their being some legal issues, to the which extent forced Dutt to pay back his signing amount.[7][8]

The sequel currently titled Thanedar Returns, will be directed by KS Ravikumar and will star Dutt along with new additions to the cast including Prachi Desai who will play his love interest, Om Puri and Prakash Raj as the villain.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Thanedar Returns Cast & Crew". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Madhuri Dixit's Top 25 Dance Numbers". 15 May 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Box Office 1990". Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Javed Jaffrey plays body double for Sanjay Dutt". Lehren TV. 22 Mar 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "'Tamma tamma loge' got okayed in the 48th take: Saroj Khan". Times Of India. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Players drops the idea for 'Jumma Chumma' or 'Tamma Tamma'". Bollywood Hungama. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sanjay Dutt returns signing amount". The Times of India. 18 Jan 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Prachi Desai to romance Sanjay Dutt in Saamy remake". Hindustan Times. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Sanjay Dutt to play cop in Thanedar Returns". Bollywood Hungama. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Thanedaar Returns' script changed for Prachi Desai". Hindustan Times. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 

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