Arjun (1985 film)

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Original Promotional Poster
Directed by Rahul Rawail
Written by Javed Akhtar
Starring Sunny Deol
Dimple Kapadia
Raj Kiran
Anupam Kher
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Cineyug Productions
Distributed by Eros Entertainment
Release date
  • 10 May 1985 (1985-05-10)
Country India
Language Hindi

Arjun is a 1985 Indian action drama movie directed by Rahul Rawail and starring Sunny Deol and Dimple Kapadia in pivotal roles.[1] The film was a success and was declared as a 'Hit' by the box office. The film was later remade in Tamil as Sathya starring Kamal Haasan, in Telugu as Bharatamlo Arjunudu with Venkatesh and in Kannada as Sangrama with Ravichandran.

The film is about a man named Arjun (Sunny Deol) who is in need of a job. He has a group of friends, and unknowingly gets involved in small problems faced by poor people and comes to be recognized as a Robin Hood figure. Arjun's father (A.K. Hangal) is a simple man and has surrendered to living a poor man's life without confronting any problems. His wife Shashi Kala is his second wife who does not like Arjun. He gets used by political people for their selfish purposes. The rights to this film are owned by Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment.[2]


Unemployed but tolerant and kind hearted Arjun Malvankar (Sunny Deol) stays in the suburbs of Bombay with his father and step mother and step sister. Mr. Malvankar (A.K. Hangal) still works at an old age to make both ends meet.

One day, Arjun beats up a group of ruffians who are thrashing a poor man for not paying extortion taxes. With this incident, Arjun's life changes. Arjun invokes the wrath of the local goon, who orders more people to go and beat him, but this time he is assisted by five of friends, Arjun beats them up badly and sends them back. The goons warn Arjun's parents to advise him against his activities, lest he get himself killed.

Arjun is arrested but let off with a warning by the cops. However, a new inspector Ravi Rane (Raj Kiran) notes that Arjun is actually doing the right thing. He also begins to fall in love with Arjun's sister. Arjun is also approached by Geeta (Dimple Kapadia), a journalist who asks him for a favour which he obliges, and after which they both get close to each other.

The chief minister Deen Dayal Trivedi (Prem Chopra), who is behind all illegal activities in the city, and who is also supporting the don, gets to know of Arjun. He thinks that Arjun is working for his rival Shiv Kumar Chowgule (Anupam Kher) whose party is trying to get nominated for the upcoming elections, and orders that he and his friends should be eliminated. The gang attack and kill one of Arjun's friends, Mohan (Satyajeet) in public. Though Arjun tries his best, but no one comes forward to give witness to the murder out of fear, because of which the killers are left free. Arjun goes and beats up the killers till he is stopped by police.

Now Arjun is approached by Shiv Kumar Chowgule and his right-hand man Babu Ram (Annu Kapoor) but is simply turned down. Soon Arjun's family kick him out of the house, and with nowhere to go, he agrees to go with Chowgule, thinking that the latter is an honest and upright person trying to eliminate the wicked Trivedi and all his activities in the city. With Arjun to help him, Chowgule destroys all of Trivedi's activities. He breaks up Trivedi's Matka den operated by his trusted aides, Anoop (Paresh Rawal). He also manages to lay hold of Anand Patkar (Shafi Inamdar), a wealthy alcoholic who is part of the nomination committee for elections and on Trivedi's side. The enraged Trivedi orders Anoop to murder Anand, which he does but unfortunately gets caught red handed by police.

The film takes a twist when Arjun sees that Chowgule has joined hands with Trivedi and that none of the evidence he collected has really been published anywhere, as promised by Chowgule. He realizes that the politician is a corrupt person who was using him for his own gains. The car and house given to Arjun are also confiscated.

Frustrated, angered, Arjun goes to fight the politicians at their speech rally but is simply thrown out. At home with Geeta, Arjun is visited by his father, who tells him that all his life he has borne wrongdoings and injustice. He blesses his son, telling him that he is with him in the fight against injustice.

The film then reaches its climax, where Arjun breaks into Trivedi's house and beats him up, then proceeds to Chowgule's mansion, where he beats up the politician and takes away all the files and evidence of both Chowgule's and Trivedi's bad activities. However wounded Chowgule orders his men to chase Arjun and kill him. Arjun is now on the run in the empty streets of Bombay at night, with goons hot on his heels. They manage to shoot him a couple of times, but Arjun still runs. He manages to evade them, causing their vehicles to crash, until finally he kills the last goon and arrives at Inspector Ravi's Police station, where he collapses and gives him the evidence. Chowgule and Trivedi are finally arrested.

The film ends with Ravi giving Arjun a thumbs up in hospital.



The music of this film was composed by Rahul Dev Burman. Javed Akhtar had written the lyrics.

# Title Singer(s)
1 "Mammaya Kero Kero Kero Mama" Shailendra Singh
2 "Dhadkan Pal Pal" Asha Bhosle
3 "Munni Pappu aur Chunmun" Asha Bhosle
4 "Bhoore Bhoore Aankhonwala" Lata Mangeshkar

Award nominations[edit]

33rd Filmfare Awards


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