Ghatak: Lethal

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Directed byRajkumar Santoshi
CinematographyIshwar R. Bidri
Edited byV. N. Mayekar
Music bySongs:
R. D. Burman
Anu Malik (1 song)
Vanraj Bhatia
Santoshi Productions
Distributed byB4U Entertainment
Release date
  • 15 November 1996 (1996-11-15)
Running time
158 min
Box office44 crore (equivalent to 204 crore or US$26 million in 2020)[1]

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 ₹44 crore 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. The film was later remade in Telugu as Aapthudu (2004) starring Rajasekhar and Anjala Zaveri.


Kashi (Sunny Deol) is a kind-hearted wrestler and the dutiful adopted 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 join Katya's gang, Katya becomes furious and humiliates Shambhu Nath before the entire colony. After a series of dramatic events, Shiv Nath is ran over to death 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 Bhiku (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. Kashi then kills Katya, and the colony gets freedom from his tyranny.


Actor Character Role Notes
Sunny Deol Kashi Nath Wrestler from Benaras
Meenakshi Seshadri Gauri
Danny Denzongpa Katya Main Antagonist
K. K. Raina Shivnath Elder Brother and Sister in Law of Kashinaath Shop Owner
Sheela Sharma Sheela
Om Puri Sachdev Shop Owners Special Appearance
Viju Khote
Anjan Srivastav
Suresh Bhagwat Gopal
Deep Dhillon Antya Brothers of Katya
Mukesh Rishi Jeena
Tinu Verma Bhiku
Harish Patel Brother- In- Law of Katya
Amrish Puri Shambu Nath Kashi's Father
Ponnambalam Ring Fighter Akram Khan Pakhtun Special Appearance
Makrand Deshpande Goon of Katya
Ila Arun Malti Wife of Sachdev
Navni Parihar Elder Sister and Brother- In- law of Gauri
Shiva Rindani Chandru
Tinnu Anand Police Inspector Husband and Wife
Rohini Hattangadi Savitri
Ahmed Khan Doctor Hospital Staff
Ghanashyam Nayak Receptionist
Santosh Gupta Ward Boy
Madhav Moghe Taxi Driver
Amitabh Bachchan Himself Friendly Appearance
Mamta Kulkarni Special Appearances and Dancers in the Song "Koi Aaye Toh le Jaye"
Ganesh Acharya


Originally, Kamal Haasan was signed to play the lead role and the advertisement appearing in Screen read as Welcome back to Hindi Screen, but Kamal withdrew from the film for unknown reasons.[2]


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.

# Song Singer(s) Length Music Director Lyricist
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) shadmehr aghili 02:28

Box office[edit]

The film was made at a budget of Rs. 62.5 million, did collections of Rs. 265 million and was declared a Blockbuster.[3]


42nd Filmfare Awards:




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

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