Ghayal (1990 film)

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Promotional Poster
Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi
Produced by Dharmendra
Written by Rajkumar Santoshi
Dilip Shukla
Nasir Adib (Pakistan)
Starring Sunny Deol
Meenakshi Seshadri
Raj Babbar
Moushmi Chatterjee
Amrish Puri
Music by Bappi Lahiri
Cinematography Rajan Kothari
Edited by V. N. Nayekar
Distributed by Vijayta Films
Release dates
22nd June 1990
Running time
163 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 1.75 crore (US$260,000)
Box office 19 crore (US$2.8 million)
(domestic gross)[1]

Ghayal is a 1990 Indian action drama film starring Sunny Deol and Meenakshi Seshadri. The film was produced by Dharmendra and directed by Rajkumar Santoshi in his directorial debut. The film won seven Filmfare Awards, including the Best Movie award. Ghayal clashed with Aamir Khan's Dil. Ghayal did very well at the box office; it was rated "Super Hit."[2] It was also the second highest grossing Bollywood film of 1990. Ghayal was remade in Tamil as Bharathan in 1992 with Vijaykanth and Bhanupriya in lead roles, in Telugu as Gamyam in 1998 with Srikanth and in Kannada as Vishwa with Shivarajkumar and Suchitra Krishnamurthy. Sunny Deol received the National Film Award-special Jury Award.

On 5 February 2016, a direct sequel titled Ghayal Once Again was released.


Amateur boxer Ajay Mehra (Sunny Deol) is living with his brother Ashok Mehra (Raj Babbar) and sister-in-law Indu Verma (Moushumi Chatterjee) in Mumbai. Ashok is a businessman who is facing some trouble at his business, but hides this from his wife and Ajay. Later Ajay is sent to Bangalore for training.

One fine day Ajay gets a message that his brother is in Bangalore. When he reaches the hotel he finds that Ashok has already left without leaving any message for him. Later that day he receives a call from Ashok, who in an inebriated state, is trying to tell him something which has been troubling him for a long time but the phone cuts abruptly. When he returns from Bangalore, he finds that his brother missing. His inquiries and a police complaint only lead him to frustration and violent outbursts. Sometime later he comes across Ashok's friend (Annu Kapoor), a drug addict, who reveals all the dark secrets. Earlier when Ashok had faced losses in his business, a reputed businessman Balwant Rai (Amrish Puri) had come to his rescue. Balwant becomes a partner in Ashok's company and settles all the debt. This arrangement is in fact a cover for Balwant's illegal activities. Balwant routinely traps honest people to provide cover for his illegal business and Ashok is one of his innocent victims. Initially when Ashok resists, Balwant threatens him of dire consequences, but Ashok persists with his requests to shut down illegal trade. Later, Ashok collects evidence to frame Balwant and that's where the trouble starts. Balwant kidnaps Ashok and tortures him to reveal where he has kept the evidence.

Somehow the henchmen of Balwant find out incriminating evidence and Balwant instantly kills Ashok. Ajay is later framed for the murder and accused of having an illicit relationship with his sister-in-law. Ajay realizes in the court that the roots of evil are very deep and even his near ones have turn hostile towards him. His faith in law is crushed and he seeks justice. His sister-in-law is not able to bear trauma and commits suicide. While in jail, Ajay makes friends with some other hardcore convicts, who are good at heart. Then one day, they escape from the jail by overpowering the guards. Then begins Ajay's fight for justice, to take down the main villain Balwant Rai. One by one he takes down the cronies of Balwant who had framed him in the murder. The film ends with form of poetic justice, where Ajay kills Balwant in an amusement park in front of people and police who are meek witnesses.



Music was composed by Bappi Lahiri. The song "Sochna Kya, Jo Bhi Hoga Dekha Jaayega" sung by Kumar Sanu, Shabbir Kumar and Asha Bhosle was inspired by music of Llorando se fue which was later made popular by Lambada. A woeful version of the song is "Saath Hain Hum Sab Isse Badi Kya Khushi" sung independently and sedately by Kumar Sanu. Another song, "Mangta Hai Toh Aaja Rassiya" rendered tersely in the film originally occurs in the 1978 film Inkaar.

# Title Singer(s)
1 "Pyar Tum Mujhse Karti Ho" Amit Kumar, S.Janaki
2 "Maahiya Teri Kasam" Pankaj Udhas, Lata Mangeshkar
3 "Maahiya Teri Kasam (sad version)" Lata Mangeshkar
4 "Pyasi Jawani Hai" S.Janaki
5 "Sochna Kya" Kumar Sanu, Shabbir Kumar, Asha Bhosle
6 "Sochna Kya (Sad version)" Kumar Sanu

Below is a character map of the lead characters in the story of Ghayal and its remakes.

Movie Language Hero Hero's Brother Sister In Law Heroine Villain
Ghayal Hindi Sunny Deol Raj Babbar Moushumi Chatterjee Meenakshi Seshadri Amrish Puri
Bharathan (1992) Tamil Vijaykanth S. P. Balasubramanyam Sangeetha Bhanupriya Anandraj
Vishwa (1999) Kannada Shiva Rajkumar Anant Nag Suhasini Maniratnam Suchitra Krishnamoorthi Sathya Prakash

Awards and nominations[edit]

38th National Film Awards


36th Filmfare Awards




Main article: Ghayal Once Again

A sequel named Ghayal Returns was announced in 2014. But before the film could enter production, it faced financial problems. However, Sunny Deol stated that he was determined to make the film.[3] After once being stalled and then being postponed several times, the film was finally released with the title, Ghayal Once Again, on 5 February 2016.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ "Top Grosser of 1990". Boxoffice India. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sunny Deol is determined to make 'Ghayal' sequel". November 18, 2013. The Times of India. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 

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