Ghatak: Lethal

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Ghatak: Lethal
Promotional Poster
Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi
Produced by Rajkumar Santoshi
Screenplay by Rajkumar Santoshi
K. K. Raina
Story by Rajkumar Santoshi
Starring Sunny Deol
Meenakshi Seshadri
Danny Denzongpa
Amrish Puri
Music by R. D. Burman
Anu Malik
Cinematography Ishwar R. Bidri
Edited by V. N. Mayekar
Distributed by Santoshi Productions
Release date
8 November 1996
Running time
158 min
Country India India
Language Hindi
Box office 440 million (US$6.9 million) (Original)
755 million (US$12 million) (Adjusted)[1]

Ghatak: Lethal is a 1996 Indian Hindi action crime drama film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. The film stars Sunny Deol, Meenakshi Seshadri and Danny Denzongpa in pivotal roles. This is Meenakshi Seshadri's last movie to date. The film was remade in Telugu as Aapthudu with Rajasekhar.


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 enemy 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 brother. 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 in 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 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. Sixth brother (Tinu Verma) is then killed by the mob. Kashi makes Katya dog and asks him to bark. Katya having no choice barks on Kashi's instructions. Kashi then kills Katya and the colony gets freedom from his tyranny.



The music for the movie was mainly composed by Anu Malik. The song "koi Jaye to le Aaye" became popular.

# Song Singer(s) Length
1 "Koi Jaye To Le Aaye" Alka Yagnik, Shankar Mahadevan 04:09
2 "Nigahon Ne Chheda" Suresh Wadkar, Sadhana Sargam 06:24
3 "Badan Mein Chandni" Kavita Krishnamurthy 05:55
4 "Aaki Naaki" Asha Bhosle 08:57
5 "Ek Dil Ki Diwani" Suresh Wadkar, Sadhana Sargam 07:29
6 "Theme of Ghatak (Instrumental)" 02:28

Box office[edit]

The film was made at a budget of Rs. 40 million and did collections of Rs. 440 million and was declared a superhit.[2] Originally Kamal Haasan was signed to play the lead role and the advertisement appeared in Screen read as Welcome back to Hindi Screen, but Kamal withdrew from the film for unknown reasons. [3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

42nd Filmfare Awards




  1. ^ "Ghatak Collections". Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Box Office 1996". Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Kamal Haasan: Lesser known facts". The Times of India. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 

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