Henna (film)

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Henna (1991).jpg
Original poster
Directed byRandhir Kapoor
Raj Kapoor
Produced byRandhir Kapoor
Rajiv Kapoor
Written byKhwaja Ahmad Abbas
Jainendra Jain
V.P. Sathe
Hasina Moin
StarringRishi Kapoor
Zeba Bakhtiar
Ashwini Bhave
Narrated byShammi Kapoor
Music byRavindra Jain
CinematographyRadhu Karmakar
Edited byJeethu Mandal
R.K. Studios Chembur
Distributed byR.K. Films Ltd.
Digital Entertainment
Eros Entertainment
Release date
  • 28 June 1991 (1991-06-28)
Running time
184 minutes

Henna is a 1991 Bollywood film, written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, produced and directed by Randhir Kapoor, and starring his brother Rishi Kapoor, Ashwini Bhave (both of India) and Zeba Bakhtiyar (of Pakistan), also renowned as Neha Seti. It was shot in Kashmir. This film's project was planned and started by legendary director Raj Kapoor, but due to his demise during the filming stage, the remaining portions were directed by his son Randhir Kapoor.[1] Hence, this film is considered as the last film of Raj Kapoor. The dialogues of the film were written by the acclaimed Pakistani writer Haseena Moin. The film was a critical and a commercial success and was also India's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2]


Rishi Kapoor plays Chander, who stays in Srinagar. He is about to get engaged to Chand (Ashwini Bhave). On the day of his engagement, he meets with an accident, and mistakenly strays into the Pakistani side of Kashmir from his own home in Srinagar. A native girl called Henna (Zeba Bakhtiar), falls in love with him, amidst the controversial Indian-Pakistani tension on Kashmir, which leads him to be suspected by the Pakistani police of being an Indian spy.

Beautiful Henna Khan lives the life of a gypsy near the river, Jhelum, in Pakistan with her widowed dad, Khan Baba; three brothers, Ashraf, Razzak, and Zaman. One day she comes across a male body that has been washed ashore. Khan Baba, Bibi Gul, and Henna take this male in, nurse him back to health, only to find out that he has lost his memory. The male in his sleep cries out the name of "Chand", and everyone starts calling him by that name. Soon he is well enough to walk around and starts working for Bibi and helping her make clay pots. Henna falls in love with him and would like to marry him, much to the chagrin of Daroga Shahbaaz Khan (Raza Murad), who has already been married twice, but according to Shariat law he can marry twice more. Khan Baba arranges the marriage of Henna and Chand and a day is set for the marriage. The tribe will soon find out that Chand is not a Muslim, neither is he from Pakistan. In fact he is from India and strayed over to Pakistan during a car accident. The tribe decide to create safe passage for Chand to get back home.

The first attempt is foiled due to one of the brothers colluding with Shahbaaz Khan. The second attempt succeeds, but Henna is killed in the climax .

The film ends with Chander asking why war happens.



Lyrics by Ravindra Jain and Naqsh Lyallpuri.

# Title Singer(s)
1 "Bedardi Tere Pyar Ne" Lata Mangeshkar
2 "Vash Malle" Mohammed Aziz
3 "Anar Dana" Lata Mangehskar
4 "Marhaba Sayyedi" Mohammed Aziz
5 "Main Hoon Khushrang Henna" (Happy) Lata Mangeshkar
6 "Main Der Karta Nahin" Suresh Wadkar, Lata Mangeshkar
7 "Chitthiye Ni Dard Firaaq Valiye" Lata Mangeshkar
8 "Der Na Ho Jaye Kahin" Suresh Wadkar, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohd. Sayeed, Farid Sabri, Satish
9 "Janewale O Janewale" Suresh Wadkar, Lata Mangeshkar


The film was a hit, especially for the locations it was shot in and the excellent musical score by Ravindra Jain that included hit songs like "Main Hoon Khush Rang", "Anaaradana" and "Der Na Ho Jaaye Kahin". The Pakistan part of the film was shot in Kashmir. Some parts were shot in Switzerland and Austria.

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