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Promotional Poster
Directed byMahesh Bhatt
Produced byP. Raghnunath
Written bySuraj Sanim
StarringAnil Kapoor
Meenakshi Sheshadri
Anupam Kher
Paresh Rawal
Pradeep Rawat
Ghulam Ali
Music byAnu Malik
CinematographyNadeem Khan
Edited byDimpy Bahl
Distributed bySwaraajya Shree Movies
Release date
26 January 1990
Running time
149 minutes

Awaargi is a 1990 Bollywood drama film directed by Mahesh Bhatt starring Anil Kapoor, Govinda and Meenakshi Sheshadri in lead roles. The film is considered to have featured Anil Kapoor's and Meenakshi Sheshadri's best performances. Over the years it has gained immense critical praise and is considered a classic now.[1][2]

Like several other 1980s films by Mahesh Bhatt, Awaargi, containing serious and realistic content, belongs to the arthouse cinematic genre, known in India as parallel cinema. On its release, it received critical acclaim.[3]


Lalla (Anupam Kher) is one of the underground dons in Bombay, and has several men to carry out all kinds of criminal activities for him. One of them is Azad (Anil Kapoor), who he uses to scare people, and Azad has never failed him. Then Azad goes and rescues a prostitute named Meena (Meenakshi Sheshadri) from Ranubhai (Avtar Gill), who owes allegiance to rival don, Bhau's (Paresh Rawal), group and invites his ire and anger. Azad refuses to submit to anyone, and assists Meena meet her goal - which is to be a famous singer. He entrusts her to a music director by the name of Dhiren (Govinda), and sits back and watches as Meena becomes popular day by day. Azad has fallen in love with Meena, but is unable to tell this. What Azad does not know that Dhiren too has fallen in love with Meena, and it appears that Meena is also attracted to him. Before Azad can pursue this any further, he must contend with Bhau's hoodlums - who have been instructed to kill him under any circumstances.



The music of Awaargi was by Anu Malik. The lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi.

Song Singer(s)
"Chamakte Chand Ko" Ghulam Ali
"Baali Umer Ne" Mohammad Aziz, Lata Mangeshkar
"Aye Mere Saathiya" Mohammad Aziz, Lata Mangeshkar
"Daak Babu Aya" Asha Bhonsle
"Mujre Wali Hoon" Anuradha Paudwal


  1. ^ "Awaargi – Film Review". Planet Bollywood. Archived from the original on 30 August 2010. Retrieved 2 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Mahesh Bhatt's Awaargi: This Anil Kapoor, Govinda starrer didn't get the recognition it deserved- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. 16 October 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  3. ^ Shah, Akshay. "Kaash". Planet Bollywood. Archived from the original on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2008.

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