Movie poster for Zakhm
|Directed by||Mahesh Bhatt|
|Produced by||Mukesh Bhatt
|Written by||Mahesh Bhatt
Nagarjuna Akkineni (Extended Cameo)
|Music by||M. M. Kreem|
|Editing by||Sanjay Sankla|
|Release date(s)||25 December 1998|
Zakhm (Devanagari: ज़ख़्म; meaning wound) is a 1998 Hindi film directed by Mahesh Bhatt, starring Ajay Devgan, Pooja Bhatt, Sonali Bendre, Kunal Khemu and Nagarjuna Akkineni. The movie depicts tension between religions in Indian society. This movie is closely based on Mahesh Bhatt's own life and it explores the relationship between Bhatt and his mother.
Music director Ajay (Ajay Devgan) argues with his wife Sonia (Sonali Bendre) over whether to give birth to their child in a foreign country or in India (because of the insecurity caused by the Mumbai riots).
Ajay soon learns that his mother (Pooja Bhatt) has been burned by a group of Muslim rioters while leaving a church and is in critical condition. In flashback, the struggles his mother had to undergo to raise her children are shown. She was in love with a Hindu film producer Raman Desai (Nagarjuna Akkineni) but was not allowed to marry him on account of her Muslim faith. He marries her but does not document or acknowledge their marriage as it was done without any traditional upholdings. The fact that she had children with a Hindu man forces her to hide her faith and live her life as a Christian even in front of her son.
After his father's death, Ajay realises his mother is a Muslim. She makes him promise to bury her according to her faith when she dies, for it is only through a proper burial that she will be able to find herself reunited with her lover in heaven. Ajay's mother succumbs to the burns. Sonia learns about her mother-in-law's past life and decides not to leave Ajay. She stands by him and supports his decision to bury his mother. However, Ajay's task is impeded by a fundamentalist leader Subodhbhai (Ashutosh Rana) wanted to make this a political issue and encouraged the Hindu youth to kill Muslims. Anand (Akshay Anand) happens to be a youth leader and Ajay's brother. But when Anand comes to know about Subodhbhai's intentions he stands by his brother's side to bury his mom as per Muslim faith. Her body is buried as she wished, and she reunites with Raman in heaven.
- Kunal Khemu as young Ajay R. Desai
- Pooja Bhatt as Mrs. Desai
- Nagarjuna Akkineni as Raman Desai (Extended Cameo)
- Ajay Devgn as Ajay R. Desai
- Akshay Anand as Anand R. Desai
- Ashutosh Rana as Subodh bhai
- Sharat Saxena as Inspector Pawar at hospital
- Avtar Gill as Isa
- Sonali Bendre as Sonia A. Desai
- Saurabh Shukla as Gurdayal Singh
- Madan Jain as Anwar Hashmi (journalist)
- Vishwajeet Pradhan as Sr. Inspector Yadav
|1||"Gali Mein Aaj Chaand Nikhla"||Alka Yagnik|
|2||"Gali Mein Aaj Chaand Nikhla (Sad)"||Alka Yagnik|
|3||"Hum Yahan Tum Yahan"||Kumar Sanu|
|4||"Hum Yahan Tum Yahan (Female)"||Alka Yagnik|
|5||"Hum Yahan Tum Yahan(Sad)"||Kumar Sanu|
|6||"Maa Ne Kaha"||M. M. Kreem|
|7||"Maa Ne Kaha (Sad)"||M. M. Kreem|
|8||"Pad Likh Ke"||Alka Yagnik|
|9||"Raat Sari Bekaraari Mein"||Alka Yagnik|