Dus (unfinished film)

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For the 2005 Bollywood film, see Dus.
Dus poster.jpg
Promotional poster.
Directed by Mukul S. Anand
Produced by Mukul S. Anand
Nitin Manmohan
Written by Mukul S. Anand
Starring Sanjay Dutt
Salman Khan
Raveena Tandon
Shilpa Shetty
Music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy
Sandeep Chowta
Release dates
1997 (Tentative)
Country India
Language Hindi

Dus (Hindi: दस, translation: Ten) is an unfinished Bollywood action film directed by Mukul S. Anand which was in production in 1997. The director died halfway through filming, leaving the film incomplete. The film starred Sanjay Dutt, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon and Shilpa Shetty in leading roles, with Vinod Khanna and Rahul Dev in supporting roles.[1] Actress Raveena Tandon was playing her first negative role in this film. Model Rahul Dev was to make his film debut with this film.


The storyline was intended to have been about terrorism and how an anti-terrorist intelligence officer Captain Raja Sethi (Sanjay Dutt) who is part of a secret organisation known as Force 10 is sent on a mission to find an Afghan terrorist named Nasheman (Raveena Tandon). After he is captured and tortured by Nasheman and her right-hand man Mast Gul (Rahul Dev), his partner Captain Jeet Sharma (Salman Khan) is sent to rescue him. However, by now, Raja Sethi is brainwashed by Mast Gul in believing his country and his friends has abandoned him and he too turns to terrorism. Shilpa Shetty played Salman's love interest and Vinod Khanna played a General.


Production and abandonment[edit]

The shooting of the film began in Utah in May 1997 and continued until the end of August. The scenes in Utah were to have depicted scenes of Kashmir which was the major setting for the film. This was the debut film of Rahul Dev who played Mast Gul. Gul was based a real-life Pakistani militant leader, who used the alias name Mast Gul.[2]

Around 40% of the film's shooting had been completed when Mukul S. Anand suddenly died on 7 September 1997[3] The film was subsequently shelved and was never completed or released. The song promos of the film are still available to view. Several years after the film was shelved, Mukul Anand's brother Rahul announced he would revive the incomplete film but this never materialised.[4]


Dus - A Tribute to Mukul Anand
Soundtrack album by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
1999 (India)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Producer Ram Gopal Varma
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy chronology

The music of this film was composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy who made their debut as music directors with this film. Although the film was never completed and released, the album was released in 1999. There were seven songs composed for the film. Piya and Version 2 of Dus was composed by Sandeep Chowta.

Track # Song Singer(s)
1 Dus Shankar Mahadevan, Hema Sardesai
2 Hindustani Shankar Mahadevan, Udit Narayan, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Dominique Cerejo
3 Sur Mile Hain Asha Bhosle, Udit Narayan, Shankar Mahadevan
4 Mahiya Sukhwinder Singh, Shankar Mahadevan
5 Chandni Roop Ki Shankar Mahadevan
6 Piya Sujatha Mohan
7 Dus (Version 2) Saumya, Anupama Deshpande

In 2007, Raja Hasan sang a song "Mahiya" from the film in a performance in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007. The performance was very well appreciated and it suddenly brought limelight to the movie that remained unfinished.[5]

New film[edit]

In 2005, Nitin Manmohan released a new action thriller film titled Dus in which Sanjay Dutt and Shilpa Shetty from the original cast returned. This film also had the same premise of terrorism but otherwise was an altogether different film.


  1. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/rahul-dev-played-mast-guls-role-in-unfinished-dus/1/345520.html
  2. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/rahul-dev-played-mast-guls-role-in-unfinished-dus/1/345520.html
  3. ^ http://www.rediff.com/movies/sep/08muk.htm
  4. ^ http://www.mumbaimirror.com/entertainment/bollywood/Dus-saal-baad/articleshow/15764464.cms
  5. ^ Raja Hasan - SaReGaMaPa » Preview: Raja Hasan picks up an unheared song

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