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Promotional Poster.
Directed byAnil Sharma
Produced byK.C Sharma
Written byAnil Sharma
Rati Agnihotri
Music byLaxmikant-Pyarelal
CinematographyAnil Dhanda
Release date
27 March 1987
Running time
150 minutes
Box office110 million (US$1.5 million)

Hukumat is a 1987 Bollywood film directed by Anil Sharma, starring Dharmendra and Rati Agnihotri in the lead roles, while Swapna and Sadashiv Amrapurkar play supporting roles. The movie became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 1987. It also received highly positive response from critics and audiences alike.[1] Also, Dharmendra gave 8 successful movies in the same year, which still remains a record.[2]


Arjun Singh (Dharmendra) is a dare-devil upright cop who believes in dealing strongly with criminals. D.I.G. Khan (Shammi Kapoor) does not agree with his ways and there is always a disagreement between the two. Arjun is sent on a special mission to Shanti Nagar, which in under the police scanner due to some shady activities going on there. On reaching Shanti Nagar, Arjun sees that it is ruled by a wealthy businessman, Deen Bandhu Deena Nath aka D.B.D.N., who has very high contacts. He has terrorised the town with the help of his convoy of uniformed men who kill the citizens at will. Arjun realises that D.B.D.N is none other than Mangal Singh, the corrupt police officer who had killed Arjun's father (Parikshit Sahni) when Arjun was a child. Arjun gets thirsty for D.B.D.N's blood, but is stopped by D.I.G Khan. But when D.B.D.N kills Arjun's young son (Jugal Hansraj), Arjun, with the help of D.I.G Khan sets out to overturn the evil rule (Hukumat) of D.B.D.N



The film was remade in Tamil as Puthiya Vaanam (1988), with Sathyaraj in Dharmendra's role and became huge hit there also.

Hukumat went on to become the biggest hit of 1987 [3] It was the first ever hit for director Anil Sharma. The film was celebrated at the 2003 Zee Cine Awards, hosted by Anil Kapoor as one of the greatest hits of Indian cinema. The film was considered to have had great songs, powerful dialogue delivery, excellent cinematography, and the acting of Dharmendra also received much praise. The protagonist, Dharmendra, was critically acclaimed widely for his mannerisms, anger, charisma, emotions, powerful delivery of dialogues and ingenuity, which were all conveyed excellently in a full blend in the film. His pairing with Rati proved to be immensely successful as the duo received praise for their chemistry. It was well received by the Indian audience. Also, the brief duet picturised on them was praised and considered exceptional.[4] Sadashiv is a one-man treat and he is truly one of India's greatest villains.Hukumat was a huge financial as well as a critical success, grossing a huge 110 million (which was a huge gross at that point of time in Bollywood) and became a milestone film, widely regarded as a cult classic in Indian Cinema.[5]


Music for the film was scored by the duo of Laxmikant-Pyarelal.[6] All lyrics are by Verma Malik.

# Title Singer(s)
1 "Na Zulm Na Zalim Ka" Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Mohammed Aziz
2 "Es Afsar Ka Baja" Shabbir Kumar, Kavita Krishnamurthy
3 "Ram Ram Bol" Shabbir Kumar, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy
4 "Zulm Karne Se Bura Hai" Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Mohammed Aziz


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  2. ^ "Top Box Office Draws of Indian Cinema". Ibosnetwork,com. Retrieved 2010-11-20.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ gross, hukumat. "Hukumat Gross". Archived from the original on 12 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Dharmendra - Action King: Comic learnings". Indian Express. Archived from the original on 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
  5. ^ "'It's good that I did not get any award'". Rediff. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
  6. ^ "Dharmendra - Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on 16 October 2009. Retrieved 2010-12-23.

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