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Darr: A Violent Love Story
Darr poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed byYash Chopra
Written byHoney Irani
Javed Siddiqui
Produced byYash Chopra
StarringSunny Deol
Shah Rukh Khan
Juhi Chawla
Anupam Kher
Tanvi Azmi
Dalip Tahil
CinematographyManmohan Singh
Edited byKeshav Naidu, Mahadi Rahman Tilok
Music byShiv-Hari
Distributed byYash Raj Films
Release date
  • 24 December 1993 (1993-12-24)
Running time
177 minutes
Budget₹3 crore[1]
Box officeest. 21.31 crore (equivalent to 124 crore or US$17 million in 2019)[1]

Darr (transl. Fear) is a 1993 Indian romantic psychological thriller film directed by Yash Chopra through the studio Yash Raj Films. The film stars Sunny Deol, Shah Rukh Khan (in his first Yash Raj film) and Juhi Chawla with Anupam Kher, Tanvi Azmi and Dalip Tahil in supporting roles.

Darr has won several accolades, including the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. The film received 10 nominations at the 39th Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, Best Director for Chopra, Best Actor for Deol, Best Actress for Chawla, and Best Villain for Khan, and won 2 awards, including Best Comedian for Kher. For Chawla, this was her fourth consecutive box office hit of the year solidifying her career as a leading lady in the 1990s. Khan's portrayal of obsessive lover, was applauded by critics and the audiences and won him many awards.


Kiran, a beautiful college student returns home to her brother Vijay and his wife Poonam. She is being obsessively stalked along the way by Rahul, her classmate who has a crush on her. Kiran's boyfriend Sunil is a navy officer. His captain Avinash is Rahul's father. Rahul tries to be friendly with Sunil, to be closer to Kiran. When she reaches home, she is continually stalked by Rahul on the phone. This causes much stress to herself and her family.

Sunil and Kiran get engaged. Upon knowing this, Rahul tries to kill Sunil but fails. Sunil meets with an accident and marries Kiran after recovery. Rahul still refuses to give up. Sunil takes Kiran on a honeymoon to Switzerland while booking extra tickets to Goa so that the stalker go away. Rahul kills his friend Vicky and makes it look like he was the stalker. Rahul learns Kiran's location and turns up at her hotel.

Kiran recognizes and welcomes him to be part of their festivities. Sunil finds out Rahul has been Kiran's stalker all along in actual. He sends her away on a boat and confronts and beats up Rahul who stabs and leaves him for dead. Rahul reaches the boat and forces Kiran to marry him. Sunil comes back and beats and kills Rahul. Kiran and Sunil return to India and reunite with their family.



[2][3] Sanjay Dutt was the original choice of the role of antagonist Rahul, but Chopra was unable to finalize him because of his jail sentence due to illegal possession of arms. Sudesh Berry was then considered for the role, but was rejected after a screen test. Ajay Devgan was offered the role of Rahul, but he could not accept due to other commitments.

Aamir Khan, who had worked with Chopra on Parampara, was then signed as Rahul. However, problems arose when Khan asked Chopra for a joint narration of the script with him and Sunny Deol. Khan's reasoning for this was that since he and Deol were two leading actors, they could hear their roles and if they were both satisfied, no ego hassles would happen henceforth. However, Chopra refused to heed to such a request. Khan was also unhappy with the way Deol's character beat Rahul up in the film's climax. Khan was then removed from the project. Ironically, after the release, Deol was miffed as he felt that the other male lead role was stronger than his.

After Aamir left the film, Shah Rukh Khan was cast as Rahul. Darr helped bring Shahrukh to stardom and he went on to star in all of Chopra's future directorial ventures. Rishi Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty and Jackie Shroff were all offered the role of Sunil before Sunny Deol.

Sridevi, who had previously worked with Chopra in Chandni (1989) and Lamhe (1991), was the original choice for the role of Kiran. The role was crafted and planned much like her previous roles in Chandni and Lamhe. Chopra too admitted dressing Kiran like Chandni and Pallavi/Pooja, which can be observed in the film as well. However, Sridevi refused to accept the role as she wanted Kiran's character to be the obsessed lover instead of the victim, but Chopra refused this change of plot. After Sridevi, the role was offered to Juhi Chawla.

Nitish Bharadwaj was approached for Sunil's role after Rishi Kapoor and Jackie Shroff rejected the role. This is because of his popularity as Lord Krishna's role in B.R. Chopra's Mahabharat. But Nitish rejected the role claiming that the role is not as challenging as it would be.

The film's title Darr was suggested to Yash Chopra by Hrithik Roshan and Chopra's younger son Uday Chopra.[4]


The soundtrack for Darr was composed by the duo Shiv-Hari (Shiv Kumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia). It is written by Anand Bakshi It was the second best-selling Bollywood soundtrack album of the year.[5] The soundtrack album sold about 4.5 million units in India,[6] earning at least 10.8 crore (equivalent to 63 crore or US$8.8 million in 2019).[7] Rakesh Budhu of Planet Bollywood in his review gave the album 8.5 stars out of 10.[8]

Soundtrack album by
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelHMV Records
Shiv-Hari chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Planet Bollywood7.5/10 stars[8]

All lyrics are written by Anand Bakshi.

1."Jaadu Teri Nazar"Udit Narayan4:41
2."Darwaaza Band Karlo"Lata Mangeshkar, Abhijeet6:05
3."Tu Mere Saamne"Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan6:07
4."Ishq Da Bura Rog"Lata Mangeshkar, Vinod Rathod5:43
5."Solah Button"Lata Mangeshkar, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Pamela Chopra7:35
6."Likha Hai Ye In Hawaaon Pe"Lata Mangeshkar, Hariharan5:12
7."Ang Se Ang Lagana"Alka Yagnik, Vinod Rathod, Sudesh Bhosale, Devki Pandit6:49

Box office[edit]

At the domestic Indian box office, Darr became the third highest-grossing film of 1993, after Aankhen and Khalnayak, and was declared a blockbuster.[9] In India, it was released on 190 screens, with 19.96 million tickets sold. Its domestic gross was 15.73 crore, including a net income of 10.74 crore, which is equivalent to 184.4 crore (US$26 million) when adjusted for inflation.[1] Its domestic gross is equivalent to 339 crore (US$48 million) when adjusted for inflation.[a]

At the overseas box office, Darr was the year's highest-grossing Indian film of 1993, grossing 5.58 crore.[10] Worldwide, it grossed 21.31 crore,[1] equivalent to 366 crore (US$51 million) when adjusted for inflation.[a]


Darr was remade in Kannada as Preethse, starring Upendra as Chandu (Rahul) Shiva Rajkumar as Surya (Sunil) and Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre playing Kiran.[11] The film also partially inspired the 2005 Tamil Chinna, starring Arjun Sarja and Sneha in lead roles. The Telugu film Tapassu also borrowed some scenes from Darr.

The teaser trailer for an intended five-part web series Darr 2.0 was released on YouTube on August 30, 2016. It was set to be a retelling of the film in a contemporary setting, portraying cyber-stalking and digital crimes. The web series was set to be produced by Ashish Chopra under the banner of Y-Films and directed by Vikash Chandra. Screenplay and dialogues are by Nikhil Taneja and Shubham Yogi.[12][13] The series was later postponed.


Award Category Nominee Result References
National Film Awards 1993 National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Yash Chopra Won [14]
39th Filmfare Awards Best Comedian Anupam Kher Won [15]
Best Cinematographer Manmohan Singh Won
Best Film Yash Chopra Nominated
Best Director Yash Chopra Nominated
Best Actress Juhi Chawla Nominated
Best Actor Sunny Deol Nominated
Best Villain Shahrukh Khan Nominated
Best Music Director Shiv-Hari Nominated
Best Lyrics Anand Bakshi for "Jaadu Teri Nazar" Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Udit Narayan for "Jaadu Teri Nazar" Nominated


  1. ^ a b Inflation rate of 17.17 times: 10.74 crore domestic net equivalent to 184.4 crore (US$26 million).[1]


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  2. ^ "Rediff On The NeT, Movies: The Preethse review". Rediff. 31 January 2000. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  3. ^ Chintamani, Gautam (12 March 2016). "After 'Darr', Shah Rukh Khan channels Robert De Niro again in 'Fan'. Will it help?- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost.
  4. ^ "24 years of Darr: We bet you didn't know these 7 unknown facts about Shah Rukh Khan's film". India TV. 24 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Music Hits 1990–1999 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. 22 January 2009. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Making Music Like Ne'er Before". Outlook. 13 March 1996.
  7. ^ "India Today". India Today. 19: iv. 1994. DARR
    Music Director: Shiv-Harl
    Lyricist: Anand Bakshi
    Sales: 40 lakh tapes
    Value: Rs 10.8 crore
  8. ^ a b "Darr Music Review". Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Box Office 1993". Boxofficeindia.com. Archived from the original on 14 August 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  10. ^ "Top Overseas Grossers 1993". Box Office India. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  11. ^ He Ram! What's going on? rediff.com
  12. ^ Dixit, Mini. "Shah Rukh's Darr is getting a creepy, stalker-ish, web series makeover". India Today. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  13. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (30 August 2016). "Early Shah Rukh Khan Film 'Darr' Revived as Indian Web Series". Variety. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  14. ^ Gopalakrishnan, K.; Aggarwal, Semugha. 41st National Film Festival (PDF). Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. pp. 18–19.
  15. ^ "Filmfare Awards (1994)". IMDb. Retrieved 12 September 2016.

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