Criminal (1995 film)

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Criminal poster.jpg
Movie Poster
Directed byMahesh Bhatt
Produced byK. S. Rama Rao (Telugu)
Mukesh Bhatt (Hindi)
Written bySainath Thotapalli
(Telugu dialogues)
Jay Dixit
(Hindi dialogues)
Screenplay byMahesh Bhatt
Story byDavid Twohy
(Original Story)
Mahesh Bhatt
(Adapted Story)
Based onThe Fugitive
by Roy Huggins
StarringAkkineni Nagarjuna
Ramya Krishnan
Manisha Koirala
Music byM. M. Keeravani
M. M. Kreem (Hindi)
CinematographyS. Gopal Reddy
Edited byG. G. Krishna Rao (Telugu)
Sanjay Sankla (Hindi)
Distributed byT-Series Films
Release date
  • 15 October 1994 (1994-10-15)
  • 21 July 1995 (1995-07-21)
Running time
142 mins

Criminal is a 1995 Indian Telugu-Hindi bilingual action thriller film, produced by K. S. Rama Rao under the Creative Commercials banner in Telugu,[1] and by Mukesh Bhatt under the Vishesh Films banner in Hindi, directed by Mahesh Bhatt.[2] It stars Akkineni Nagarjuna, Ramya Krishna, Manisha Koirala in lead roles and music composed by M. M. Keeravani (also known as MM Kreem).[3] both versions were simultaneously shot in Telugu and Hindi and most of the scenes and artists are the same in both versions. The film was inspired by the English film, The Fugitive (1993).[4][5] This is the last film of the famous Bollywood actor Ajith. This film was recorded as a "Hit" at the box office in Telugu, and "Above Average" in Hindi.


After witnessing the unfortunate death of a woman, who was unable to afford hospital treatment, Dr. Ajay Kumar (Akkineni Nagarjuna) cancels his planned immigration to the U.S. and instead sets out to develop 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 a lot of attention, and he becomes popular, especially with two young women, Dr. Swetha (Manisha Koirala) and ACP 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 goes to Ramya's house to prove his innocence, meanwhile, he used to know Ramya was loving him secretly. 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. Finally, he reopens the hospital, Ajay and Ramya unite.


Telugu Cast[edit]

Hindi Cast[edit]



Telugu Version[edit]

Film score by
LabelAKASH Audio
ProducerM. M. Keeravani
M. M. Keeravani chronology
Major Chandrakanth
Allari Premikudu

Music was composed by M. M. Keeravani. Music was released on AKASH Audio Company. All songs were blockbusters. The track "Telusa Manasa", sung by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam & K. S. Chitra gained much popularity and proved to be an instant chart buster and remained as one of the evergreen songs in Telugu. It was known that Chitra took 4 days to learn that German styled humming in the beginning of the song. Music composer HOWARD SHORE is the original composer of this song. This song's music is a copy from the movie Sliver, which was released in the year 1993.[6]

1."Hello Guru"VennelakantiSP Balu, Chitra4:48
2."Papiki Papiki"Sirivennela Sitarama SastrySP Balu, M. M. Keeravani, Chitra4:48
3."Mudante Vadante"VennelakantiSP Balu, Chitra4:57
4."Jama Jama Jama"Sirivennela Sitarama SastrySP Balu, Sujatha, Chitra5:04
5."Thelusa Manasa"Sirivennela Sitarama SastrySP Balu, Chitra6:13
Total length:25:50

Hindi Version[edit]

Film score by
LabelHMV Audio
ProducerM. M. Kreem
M. M. Kreem chronology
Lady Boss

Hindi lyrics were written by Indeevar. All songs are blockbusters. Music released on HMV Audio Company. The song "Tu Mile Dil Khile" was originally sung by K. S. Chitra, Alka Yagnik dubbed Chitra's song. Original audio was released on HMV audio. The humming sung by Chitra in the Telugu version of "Telusa Manasa" was retained as it is in all Hindi versions. "Tu Mile Dil Khile (Telusa Manasa)" was made into different versions one by male, female and other one was a duet & all the versions turned into blockbusters.

1."Tu Mile Dil Khile"Kumar Sanu, Chitra (in movie)6:03
2."Tu Mile Dil Khile"Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik (audio), Chitra (Humming)6:03
3."Janu Janu Janu"Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik5:10
4."Tu Mile Dil Khile (Male)"Kumar Sanu, Chitra (Humming)6:13
5."Mujhko Chhupa Le"Kumar Sanu, Alisha Chinai4:49
6."Kisi Ka Tu Hoja"Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Chitra5:00
7."Keemti Keemti Keemti Hai Zindagi"SP Balu, Chitra, Alka Yagnik5:01
8."Tu Mile Dil Khile (Female)"Alka Yagnik, Chitra (Humming)5:57
Total length:38:16


The film was also later dubbed and released in Tamil as Ellame En Kadhali.[7]


  1. ^ "Criminal (Banner)".
  2. ^ "Criminal (Direction)". Know Your Films.
  3. ^ "Criminal (Cast & Crew)".
  4. ^ "No ripoffs, please".
  5. ^ "Criminal (Review)". The Cine Bay.
  6. ^ manasa song from Criminal movie (Telugu) manasa song from Criminal movie (Telugu) Check |url= value (help). Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Vijiyin, K. (3 July 1995). "Indian version of 'The Fugitive'". New Straits Times. p. 26.

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