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Directed byRajkumar Santoshi
Produced byKeshu Ramsay
Written byRajkumar Santoshi
Shridhar Raghavan
StarringAmitabh Bachchan
Akshay Kumar
Ajay Devgn
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Tusshar Kapoor
Music byRam Sampath
CinematographyK. V. Anand
Edited byHussain M Burmawalla
Distributed byDMS Films Private Limited
Release date
23 January 2004
Running time
180 minutes
Budget26 crores[1]
Box office45 crores[2]

Khakee (English translation: The Uniform) is a 2004 Indian action thriller film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi and written by Santoshi and Sridhar Raghavan. The film tells the story of an Indian police team on a mission to escort an accused terrorist from a small town in Maharashtra to Mumbai.[3]

The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the lead roles. Lara Dutta appears as a bar dancer in the song Aisa Jadoo. The film released on 23 January 2004 to widespread critical acclaim and went on to become one of the highest-grossing Hindi films of the year.[4]

Manish Gajjar wrote for the BBC, "This electrifying piece of Bollywood celluloid has all the ingredients of an edge of the seat thriller. Veteran actor, Amitabh Bachchan takes full credit for his work in this film. He relives his angry young man image once again. Technically, Khakee excels in the action sequences, set designs and innovative camera movements." The film was later remade in Telugu as Satyameva Jayate.[5]


Additional Commissioner of Police, AD.CP Naidu (Prakash Raj) assembles a team of five police officers to bring Dr. Iqbal Ansari (Atul Kulkarni) a captured agent for ISI, responsible for riots, safely from Chandangarh to Mumbai for a special court hearing, consisting of the leader DCP Anant Shrivastav (Amitabh Bachchan),Senior Inspector Shekhar Verma (Akshay Kumar), a corrupt cop, rookie Sub-Inspector Ashwin Gupte (Tusshar Kapoor) and constables Kamlesh Sawant and Gajanan Mhatre.

The team catches a photographer trying to photograph them and confiscate his camera. It is then shown that he was doing it at the behest of Yashwant Aangre (Ajay Devgn), who is tracking the team for reasons unknown, and Aangre soon eliminates him. The team proceeds to Chandangarh, and come across school teacher Mahalakshmi (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), who informs them about suspected terrorists who stayed incognito in her school premises. The team find this information to be true. Soon, along with Ansari and Mahalakshmi who also wants to go to Mumbai, they leave for Mumbai by road, but find their way blocked by a crowded cattle fair. Anant gets a call from Aangre, who is present at the scene in disguise. Anant spots him and chases him, but Angre causes a stampede and escapes. As the team carries on, Shekhar realises that there's a bomb attached to the bottom of their jeep. Everyone gets away on time before the Jeep explodes.

The remaining van now becomes dysfunctional, the team pushes the van to a secluded bungalow to halt and fix it. Anant calls Naidu to appraise him of the events and to get a police team. Anant now remembers Aangre, an extremely corrupt and ruthless ex-cop, who was dismissed and imprisoned after Anant caught him killing five innocent men.

The team is soon attacked at the bungalow by Aangre and his men. After heavy firing, which thoroughly depletes the team's ammunition, Aangre sends message to hand Ansari over to them. Shekhar tries to hand Ansari over, but Anant objects. At this point, the plot turns when Ansari tells them that the terrorists are there to kill him, not to free him. He was an honest citizen living in Chandangarh when a journalist, Bhaskar Joshi, came to him and revealed that the communal riots were actually engineered by minister Deodhar, who killed a few social workers who had compiled evidence that would've jailed him. Bhaskar had the file containing the evidence and wanted Ansari to give him the post-mortem reports of the social workers to expose Deodhar. However, Bhaskar was killed before he could do that, and Ansari began to receive threatening calls asking him to hand over the file of evidence against Deodhar. When he refused to cooperate, corrupt cops framed him as a terrorist.

Aangre and his men enter the house and hold everyone at gunpoint. Shekhar and Ashwin manage to sneak Ansari out. Ashwin shoots at LPG cylinders from outside, causing an explosion. The team manages to escape, but Aangre shoots Ansari. Anant then realises that Naidu is a corrupt cop in hand with Deodhar and Aangre.

The team takes Ansari to a hospital. Anant gives the others the option to leave the mission, but everyone refuse to leave. The team soon plan to get away on an empty train to Mumbai with the recovering Ansari. Aangre and his men arrive on the train, but the team has taken precautions. Kamlesh drives away from the station in the police van as a decoy. Shekhar takes control of the train and the team boards it. Kamlesh stops the van close to the tracks to catch the train, but is shot by Aangre.

Upon reaching Mumbai,Ansari dies. The team gives Ansari a proper burial, and declare to the media that the case is not over. Deodhar invites Anant over and tells him to toe the line, with promises to promote him, but Anant refuses to bend. The team finds journalist Bhaskar's son, who has unknowingly known the location of the file all along. Shekhar and Mahalakshmi go to the General post office and recover the file, but Aangre ambushes them. Shekhar is lured into a stadium where it is revealed that Mahalakshmi is actually Aangre's girlfriend and was planted on the team by Aangre to track their movements. Shekhar is shot, but not before he places a call to Anant, letting him know that Mahalakshmi is a double agent.

Anant and Ashwin now attack Naidu and make him spill the beans; they manage to track Aangre by following Mahalakshmi. In a shootout, Aangre uses Mahalakshmi as a shield and she dies. Anant chases Aangre and surrounds him with a huge police force. He beats him unconscious till he is held back by the police.

With compelling evidence from the file, the court convicts Aangre, Deodhar, and Naidu for life, much to the relief of Ansari's family who is no longer branded a traitor, for whom Anant promises to take care of Ansari's son's education. On the way to jail, Aangre sees that the bolts holding his handcuffs are loose. Breaking free, he grabs a rifle and tries to shoot Ashwin accompanying the team, only to realise the rifle is empty. Ashwin shoots Aangre and shows him the screws of the bolts, indicating that they were removed to set him up for an encounter. He then calls headquarters, informing them that Aangre has been fatally wounded while trying to escape from custody "despite warning", as the credits roll.



The film's co-writer Sridhar Raghavan, knew Santoshi, who wanted to make a cop film with Amitabh Bachchan, through Anjum Rajabali. During their meet, Raghavan narrated a script to Santoshi about cops which he liked. Raghavan said: "We kept that as a base and started working afresh, collaborating, writing, rewriting." They created a character for Bachchan, inspired by Zanjeer in the "21st century situation".[6]

The film was shot in various parts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai and Nashik. The fictional city of "Nairoli" shown in the film is actually the city of Apta near Panvel. The railway station of Apta was rechristened as Nairoli for the scene featuring the shoot-out at the station.[7] Ram Sampath composed the music for the film, with lyrics by Sameer.

Akshaye Khanna was originally supposed to play the role which Tusshar Kapoor played.[8] Ajay Devgn was initially offered Akshay's part but he turned it down. He did the role of Yashwant Angre instead, making it his second role as a villain.[8]

While filming in Nashik, Aishwarya Rai was hit by an out-of-control jeep and was thrown back into some bushes by the side of the road. She and Tusshar Kapoor were rehearsing a scene where the jeep was supposed to come and stop 20 feet away from them. However, the jeep driver lost control and did not brake. She suffered a fracture on her left foot and some bruises.[9]


Since its release, Khakee has met with critical acclaim, including for the performances of the lead actors.

The Hindu daily mentioned; "It's the director's show all the way. Khakee is great evidence of what smart writing can do to a film - the duo of Rajkumar Santoshi and Shridhar Raghavan, deserve all the credit for packing the punches the film delivers. A little pace is lost in the second half because of the dialogues, song and dance, but thanks to high production values and charismatic star appeal, you really don't feel the length - 2 hours and 54 minutes. An aging Amitabh Bachchan is first rate with his trademark delivery. Akshay Kumar provides the comic relief with his 'I'm cool' flirtatious attempts to woo Aishwarya [Rai] and Tusshar [Kapoor] plays the foil to his seniors - a neat essay".[10]

Sukanya Verma from Rediff said; "What I also like about Khakee is that every actor, big or small (in terms of footage), good or bad (in terms of character) has that one defining moment on screen. Khakee is a smart film. It makes you think. It keeps you at the edge of your seat. It gives you your money's worth. What more do you want.[11] Bollywood Hungama gave the film four stars and explains; "One wouldn't call Khakee the best script [Rajkumar] Santoshi has tackled, but it certainly would rank amongst the best. Another aspect that enhances the film is the dialogues (Rajkumar Santoshi), which will be met with a thunderous applause at various junctures of the film. Santoshi has a knack for extracting wonderful performances from the cast. Amitabh Bachchan delivers one of the best performances of his career. He has some of the toughest scenes in the film. In fact, a lesser actor would've failed to do justice to the role. But Bachchan's expressions, voice and movement bring the character to life. Akshay Kumar is fantastic. Ajay Devgn adds yet another feather in his cap with a performance that could've been essayed only by a master performer. Aishwarya Rai gets a role to prove her talent and she more than lives up to the expectations. Tusshar may not have many lines to deliver, but his presence and expressions register a strong impact".[12]

Derek Elley from Variety magazine stated; "The testosterone's so high you can almost put a match to it in Khakee, a twist-filled, often very violent drama centered on some cops escorting a terrorist cross-country to Mumbai. Powerhouse casting, and equally powerhouse direction by Rajkumar Santoshi, makes this an above-average example of mainstream Bollywood thrillers, sans any stylistic flourishes. Given its paucity of musical numbers and romance, this one could have a career on ancillary among general action buffs".[13]


The film received four Filmfare Awards nominations; Best Director for Santoshi, Best Actor for Bachchan, Best Villain for Devgn, and Best Supporting Actor for Kumar.


The music is composed by Ram Sampath. Lyrics are penned by Sameer. Rajkumar Santoshi wanted A. R. Rahman to compose the music for the film; but the latter did not sign the project due to other commitments. Hence Sampath was selected after an audition.[14] According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 10,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's fourteenth highest-selling.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Sameer.

1."Aisa Jadoo"Sunidhi Chauhan3:23
2."Dil Dooba"Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal3:50
3."Mere Maula"Richa Sharma, Kailash Kher4:50
4."Uppar Wale"Sonu Nigam, Sukhwinder Singh, Kunal Ganjawala4:57
5."Wada Raha" (I)Arnab Chakrabarty, Shreya Ghoshal4:41
6."Wada Raha" (II)Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghoshal4:41
7."Wada Raha" (Sad)Sonu Nigam5:59
8."Teri Baahon Mein Hum"Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal5:22
9."Aisa Jadoo" (Remix)Sunidhi Chauhan5:19
10."Dil Dooba" (Remix)Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal4:17


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  7. ^ "Cop-out!". The Indian Express.
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