Henna (film)

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This article is about 1991 film. For the 1973 film, see Heera (1973 film).
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Original poster
Directed by Randhir Kapoor
Produced by Randhir Kapoor
Rajiv Kapoor
Written by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas
Jainendra Jain
V.P. Sathe
Hasina Moin
Starring Rishi Kapoor
Zeba Bakhtiar
Ashwini Bhave
Narrated by Shammi Kapoor
Music by Ravindra Jain
Cinematography Radhu Karmakar
Edited by Jeethu Mandal
R.K. Studios Chembur
Distributed by R.K. Films Ltd.
Digital Entertainment
Eros Entertainment
Release dates
  • 28 June 1991 (1991-06-28)
Running time
184 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Henna is the name of a 1991 Bollywood film 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. 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.[1]


The story revolves around the mistaken straying (due to a car accident which also caused him to suffer amnesia) of Rishi Kapoor 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, but will soon confess to the Daroga that he is a Hindu, an Indian sent by the Indian Government to spy on the Pakistanis.



# 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 Part of this movie was also shot in Switzerland & Austria.

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  1. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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