|Directed by||Rajkumar Santoshi|
|Produced by||Rajkumar Santoshi|
|Screenplay by||Rajkumar Santoshi|
K. K. Raina
|Story by||Rajkumar Santoshi|
|Music by||R. D. Burman|
|Cinematography||Ishwar R. Bidri|
|Edited by||V. N. Mayekar|
|Distributed by||Santoshi Productions|
|Box office||₹440 million (US$6.4 million) (Original)|
₹755 million (US$11 million) (Adjusted)
Ghatak: Lethal is an Indian 1996 Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, starring Sunny Deol, Meenakshi Seshadri, and Amrish Puri, while Danny Denzongpa plays the antagonist. Marking Santoshi's third collaboration with Deol, Seshadri, and Puri after Ghayal (1990) and Damini (1993), it earned ₹440 million worldwide to become the fourth highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year, and won three awards including Best Supporting Actor for Puri at the 42nd Filmfare Awards, where it was also nominated for three other awards: Best Director for Santoshi, Best Actor for Deol, and Best Villain for Denzongpa. Ghatak is Seshadri's last film to date.
Kashi (Sunny Deol) is a kind-hearted wrestler and the dutiful son of Shambhu Nath (Amrish Puri) living in Banaras. Shambhu Nath, who was a freedom fighter awarded with Tambra Patra, is an honourable and respectable man in town. Kashi comes to Mumbai with his father for his medical treatment for his throat and stays with his brother Shiv Nath (K. K. Raina). Kashi meets Gauri (Meenakshi Seshadri) and starts liking her. He learns that the colony is being terrorized by a tyrannical gangster named Katya (Danny Denzongpa) along with his other six brothers. Before Kashi's arrival, a resident named Sachdev (Om Puri) tries to initiate revolt against Katya, but gets ruthlessly killed by him, thereby making Malti (Ila Arun), wife of Sachdev, go mad. Katya and his brothers become enemies with Kashi when he beats up their goons when they were beating up Malti. Shambhu Nath is later diagnosed with throat cancer and has only a few days to live.
When Kashi refuses to be a member of Katya's gang, Katya become ferocious and makes Shambhu Nath a dog in front of the entire society. After a series of dramatic events, Shiv Nath is murdered by Jeena (Mukesh Rishi), one of Katya's brothers. Kashi then kills Antya (Deep Dhillon) and gets arrested. Meanwhile, Shambhu Nath dies of cancer. When Kashi was going to disperse his father's ashes at the Ghat with the police, the police van gets attacked by Katya's brothers and goons. Kashi kills all of them including Katya's three brothers and reaches Katya's home. There he kills Jeena, thereby causing only two brothers to survive, including Katya. As Katya made Kashi's father dog, he made Kashi as an ox and takes him to the colony to re-establish his supremacy. But Kashi stands up and Katya's entire gang is then attacked by the residents. The sixth brother (Tinu Verma) is then killed by the mob. Kashi makes Katya a dog and asks him to bark. Katya, having no choice, barks on Kashi's instructions. Shrey then kills Katya and the colony gets freedom from his tyranny.
- Sunny Deol as Kashi Nath
- Meenakshi Seshadri as Gauri
- Danny Denzongpa as Katya
- Amrish Puri as Shambu Nath
- Gaurav Purohit as Munna Bahadur
- Sheila Sharma as Mrs. Sheela Shiv Nath
- K. K. Raina as Shiv Nath
- Viju Khote as Shop Owner
- Suresh Bhagwat as Shop Owner
- Aanjjan Srivastav as Shop Owner
- Mukesh Rishi as Jeena Katya's brother
- Deep Dhillon as Antya Katya's brother
- Tinu Verma as Bikhu Katya's brother
- Tinnu Anand as a Police officer
- Harish Patel as Katya's brother in law
- Amitabh Bachchan as himself in a Friendly Appearance
- Om Puri in a Special Appearance as Sachdev
- Ila Arun as Malti
- Navni Parihar
- Mamta Kulkarni as item number "Koi Jaaye To"
- Ganesh Acharya in a Special Appearance in song "Koi Jaaye To"
The music for the movie was mainly composed by R. D. Burman. The song "Koi Jaye To Le Aaye" was the only song composed by Anu Malik and it became popular.
|1||"Koi Jaye To Le Aaye"||Alka Yagnik, Shankar Mahadevan||04:09||Anu Malik||Rahat Indori|
|2||"Nigahon Ne Chheda"||Suresh Wadkar, Sadhana Sargam||06:24||R.D. Burman||Majrooh Sultanpuri|
|3||"Badan Mein Chandni"||Kavita Krishnamurthy||05:55||R.D. Burman||Majrooh Sultanpuri|
|4||"Aaki Naaki"||Asha Bhosle||08:57||R.D. Burman||Majrooh Sultanpuri|
|5||"Ek Dil Ki Diwani"||Suresh Wadkar, Sadhana Sargam||07:29||R.D. Burman||Majrooh Sultanpuri|
|6||"Theme of Ghatak" (Instrumental)||02:28|
The film was made at a budget of Rs. 40 million, did collections of Rs. 440 million and was declared a blockbuster.
Awards and nominations
- Best Supporting Actor - Amrish Puri
- Best Screenplay - Rajkumar Santoshi
- Best Editing - V. N. Mayekar