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Directed by N. Chandra
Produced by N. Chandra
Subhas R. Durgakar
Written by N. Chandra, Sayed Sultan
Starring Nana Patekar
Nisha Singh
Raja Bundela
Arjun Chakraborty
Music by Kuldeep Singh
Cinematography H. Laxminarayan
Edited by N. Chandra
Release dates
  • 1986 (1986)
Running time
149 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Ankush is a 1986 Hindi movie written, directed, edited and co-produced by N. Chandra starring Nana Patekar. Made at a budget of Rs 12 lakh, the film and grossed Rs 95 lakh to become surprise hit of 1986, the year when many blockbusters failed.[1][2]


It is a story of four lower middle class unemployed young men in Mumbai (then Bombay) who feel disconnected with society and are wasting their life away when new neighbours, a young beautiful girl Nita (Nisha Singh) and her grandmother, change their perspective. They change their attitude and try and blend in with the normal, honest and hard-working society of 1980s India when Nita is raped at the hands of her employers. However the culprits are let off for the want of evidence and Nita takes extreme step of suicide. They then take revenge of each and every culprit in a very novel way. It also shows their distrust in the law of the land. The movie has a tragic end with all four getting capital punishment for doing what they thought was correct, specially so when law of land fails to book the criminals for their wrongdoings.


Chandra started his career with Gulzar in 1971, and later also worked as an editor with him. Influenced by Gulzar's Mere Apne (1971) and bringing in his experiences growing up in Mumbai, Chandra wrote a story of four frustrated unemployed men who roam the streets of Bombay. He even based the character Ravindra upon the role played by Vinod Khanna in the original. The role of Ravindra was written with leading actor of Marathi cinema, Ravindra Mahajani in mind, however later when Chandra couldn't afford, however Nana Patekar was eager to do the same role and signed on for Rs. 10,000.[1][2]


Although a small budget film with then unknown actors film was a big hit in Mumbai (then Bombay) as it realistically depicted social conditions prevailing then in the aftermath of famous Mumbai (then Bombay) cotton textile mills strike which rendered thousands jobless. The film stars a very young Nana Patekar, and has an excellent and memorable Bhajan of Indian Cinema : 'Itni Shakti Humen de na daata' by Ghanshyam Wasvani.

Writer, Editor, Director and co-producer N.Chandra earned both popular as also critical acclaim for this film. N Chandra scored a hat-trick at the box office with his first three films, Ankush (1986), Pratighaat (1987) and Tezaab (1988).[1] Ankush has earned the status of a cult classic over time, and the ending scene which symbolizes their hanging in front of the India Gate has received much attention. The film is one of the very first realistic depictions of inner city adolescents growing up in an atmosphere of social and economic deprivation.


The film was remade in Tamil as Kavithai Paada Neramillai and in Kannada as Ravana Rajya.



  1. ^ a b c Madhu Jain (February 28, 1989). "Mean street Moghul: Hit director N. Chandra brings realism to films". India Today. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  2. ^ a b "I sold my house for 'Ankush': N Chandra". The Times of India. Oct 16, 2012. Retrieved 2014-09-25. 

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