Criminal (1995 film)

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Directed by Mahesh Bhatt
Produced by K. S. Rama Rao (Telugu)
Mukesh Bhatt
Written by Sainath Thotapalli
(Telugu dialogues)
Jay Dixit
(Hindi dialogues)
Screenplay by Mahesh Bhatt
Story by David Twohy
(Original Story)
Mahesh Bhatt
(Adapted Story)
Based on The Fugitive
by Roy Huggins
Starring Akkineni Nagarjuna
Ramya Krishnan
Manisha Koirala
Music by M. M. Keeravani or
M. M. Kreem
Cinematography S. Gopal Reddy
Edited by G. G. Krishna Rao (Telugu)
Sanjay Sankla (Hindi)
Distributed by T-Series Films
Release date
  • 14 October 1994 (1994-10-14)
  • 4 August 1995 (1995-08-04)
Running time
142 mins
Country India
Language Telugu

Criminal is a 1995 Telugu-Hindi bilingual film, Action thriller film, produced by K. S. Rama Rao on Creative Commercials banner in Telugu[1] Mukesh Bhatt on Vishesh Films banner in Hindi directed by Mahesh Bhatt.[2] Starring Akkineni Nagarjuna, Ramya Krishna, Manisha Koirala in lead roles and music composed by M. M. Keeravani or MM Kreem.[3] both of the movies simultaneously shot in Telugu and Hindi, most of the scenes and artists are same in both the versions. The film is inspired by a English film The Fugitive (1993).[4] This is the last film of famous Bollywood actor Ajith


After witnessing the unfortunate death of a woman, who was unable to afford hospital treatment, Dr. Ajay Kumar (Akkineni Nagarjuna) cancels his U.S. immigration and instead sets out to work a plan to open a hospital that will be accessible to people who cannot afford treatment in regular hospitals, called "Amma Hospital". This draws quite an attention, and he becomes popular, especially with two young women, Swetha (Manisha Koirala) and Sub-Inspector Ramya (Ramya Krishna). He falls in love with Swetha and both get married, breaking Ramya's heart in the process. Shortly thereafter much to their delight, Swetha becomes pregnant.

When Swetha discovers a frightening organ-smuggling operation in her hospital while going through a friend's diagnostic report, she calls Ramya. Ramya calls the police for help as Swetha is being attacked, and names the attacker as "Ajay". Swetha eventually succumbs to the attack. The police arrive to find her dead body and arrest Ajay for murder. It seems that Ajay's motive for killing Swetha was money, as Swetha was a wealthy heiress. Ajay is convicted and sentenced to death. While being transported to prison, the police van meets with an accident and Ajay escapes. The police launch a manhunt for him but are unable to catch him. Ajay secretly meets with Ramya and tells her that he did not kill Swetha, and he wants her help to catch the real killer. The film ends with Ajay catching the real killer and finding out that he was hired by Ajay's friend Dr. Pratap (Sarath Babu), the man responsible for the organ smuggling operation.


Telugu Cast[edit]

Hindi Cast[edit]



Telugu Version[edit]

Film score by M. M. Keeravani
Released 1994
Genre Soundtrack
Length 25:50
Label AKASH Audio
Producer M. M. Keeravani
M. M. Keeravani chronology
Major Chandrakanth
Criminal (Telugu)
Allari Premikudu

Music composed by M. M. Keeravani. Music released on AKASH Audio Company.

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Hello Guru" Vennelakanti SP Balu, Chitra 4:48
2. "Papiki Papiki" Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry SP Balu, M. M. Keeravani, Chitra 4:48
3. "Mudante Vadante" Vennelakanti SP Balu, Chitra 4:57
4. "Jama Jama Jama" Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry SP Balu, Sujatha 5:04
5. "Thelusa Manasa" Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry SP Balu, Chitra 6:13
Total length: 25:50

Hindi Version[edit]

Film score by M. M. Kreem
Released 1995
Genre Soundtrack
Length 38:16
Label HMV Audio
Producer M. M. Kreem
M. M. Kreem chronology
Lady Boss
Criminal (Hindi)

Music composed by M. M. Kreem. Lyrics written by Indeevar. All songs are blockbusters. Music released on HMV Audio Company.

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Tu Mile Dil Khile" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, K. S. Chithra 06:03
2. "Janu Janu Janu" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik 05:10
3. "Tu Mile Dil Khile (Male)" Kumar Sanu, K.S.Chithra 06:13
4. "Mujhko Chhupa Le" Kumar Sanu, Alisha Chinai 04:49
5. "Kisi Ka Tu Hoja" Abhijeet Bhattacharya, K. S. Chithra 05:00
6. "Keemti Keemti Keemti Hai Zindagi" S. P. Balasubramanyam, K. S. Chithra, Alka Yagnik 05:01
7. "Tu Mile Dil Khile (Female)" Alka Yagnik, K. S. Chithra 05:57
Total length: 38:16


The film was also later dubbed and released in Tamil as Ellame En Kadhali.


  1. ^ "Criminal (Banner)". 
  2. ^ "Criminal (Direction)". Know Your Films. 
  3. ^ "Criminal (Cast & Crew)". 
  4. ^ "Criminal (Review)". The Cine Bay. 

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