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Hindi खलनायक
Directed by Subhash Ghai
Produced by Subhash Ghai
Ashok Ghai
Written by Subhash Ghai
Ram Kelkar
Kamlesh Pandey
Starring Sanjay Dutt
Madhuri Dixit
Jackie Shroff
Anupam Kher
Ramya Krishnan
Neena Gupta
Siddharth Randeria
Music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Cinematography Ashok Mehta
Edited by Waman Bhonsle
Gurudutt Shirali
Distributed by Mukta Arts Ltd.
Release date
6th August 1993 (India)
Running time
191 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office 302.5 crore (US$47 million)2016 adjusted[1]

Khal Nayak (English: Villain) is a 1993 Bollywood action thriller film produced and directed by Subhash Ghai.The story centres on the escape and attempted capture of a terrorist criminal Ballu (Sanjay Dutt) by Inspector Ram (Jackie Shroff) and his girlfriend officer Ganga (Madhuri Dixit).

The film was remade in Telugu as Khaidi No. 1 with Vinod Kumar playing Sanjay Dutt's role, Sukanya playing Madhuri Dixit's role and Raghuman appearing in Jackie Shroff's role.[2]


Ballu (Sanjay Dutt) is a gangster who is arrested by Inspector Ram (Jackie Shroff). Ram shows compassion to Ballu while trying to get information that would lead to capture of Ballu's boss and mentor, Roshida. Ballu does not speak, and he promises to escape from the jail.

Ballu escapes from jail while Ram is visiting his girlfriend, Ganga (Madhuri Dixit), who is also a police officer. When news of this breaks out, Ram's reputation is in tatters as the media portrays Ram as an officer who has neglected his duty.

Ganga, in an attempt to restore Ram's reputation, goes undercover as a street-girl. Ganga realizes that Ballu is a kind-hearted person who turned to crime due to poverty and circumstances, and she tries to rehabilitate him while on the run. Meanwhile, Ballu begins to fall in love with Ganga. He becomes enraged when he finds out she doesn't love him and is a police officer. Ganga continues to help Ballu as she has seen good in him.

Meanwhile, Ram approaches Ballu's mother for help and realises that Ballu is, in fact, his childhood friend. Ballu's mother and Ballu then tell Ram and Ganga, respectively, the story of how Roshida used their poverty to corrupt Ballu. Roshida killed Ballu's sister, and put the blame on the police. Ballu kills the officer he believes to be behind this and from then on spirals into a life of crime.

Ganga, afraid that police will kill Ballu, stops the police from shooting him, allowing him to escape. She is hence arrested for aiding a criminal and is accused of being in a relationship with Ballu, which destroys her professional and personal reputation.

Ballu's mother finds him, while she is followed by Ram. In the following confrontation Ballu's mother takes Ram's side trying to convince Ballu to give himself up. Ballu seeing Ganga's picture in Ram's wallet realizes that this is who she loves.

Ballu manages to escape to Roshida's base where Roshida promises to help him escape but betrays him and attempts to kill him and his mother. The police, led by Ram, attack Roshida's lair. In the ensuing conflict Ballu finds out that Roshida killed his sister. Ram kills Roshida and Ballu escapes.

Following Roshida's death, Ballu installs himself as the new boss - but his girlfriend informs him that Ganga is about to go on trial for aiding him. Having a change of heart, Ballu appears to attack the court but then surrenders himself and swears that Ganga is innocent, thereby restoring her reputation and reconciling her and Ram.


Subhash Ghai had initially conceived his 1993 crime drama, as a Hollywood film, which he planned to make in association with Ashok Amritraj as a producer on the film.

Ghai was developing it with a Hollywood scriptwriter. The subject revolved only around the two male leads, on his return to India Ghai was plagued with second thoughts since he had autonomous powers as a director back home, involved with every aspect of filmmaking, from writing and editing to music and performances. "In the West, the director is just a hired technician who had to surrender to the wishes of the studio honchos, actors, the first, second and third writer and so many more," said Ghai.

Unwilling to adapt to this work culture in a bid to make a competitive mainstream film for the global market, Ghai decided to turn the plot into a typical Hindi family-dram-cum-love story, bringing in the track of the mother and creating the character of Ganga as the cop, Ram's lady love.

Madhuri Dixit had a three-film deal with Ghai's production house and she happily agreed to play Ganga,for the role of Ram, Jackie Shroff, who was almost like family to Ghai and had successfully played Ram in Ram Lakhan, whose face reflected goodness according to Ghai, was sighned.

When the film was announced, Anil Kapoor, another actor who was also very close to Ghai, expressed an interest in playing the khal nayak. But the filmmaker had Sanjay Dutt in mind for the villainous Ballu and after giving him a two-line narration, Ghai told the actor that he'd have to shoot 16 hours a day and take a huge pay cut as he intended to make it as a big budget extravaganza to which Dutt agreed and Ghai booked a full page ad in a film weekly to announce the news.

He then grabbed headlines by moving to Tips, which was paying him Rs 1 crore for the music over HMV's Rs 40 lakh. It was a biggest deal of its kind at the time but he lived up to the expectations with the film turning out many chart busters including the ever-popular "Choli Ke Peechey Kya Hai", which was an instant hit. The music label sold one crore cassettes in the first release itself. "But then a lawyer from Delhi, who had heard his four-year-old son singing the "obscene" song, moved court on the grounds that it was polluting the child's mind and degrading Indian culture. Politicians and women's organisations jumped into the fray and suddenly, I was battling 32 political parties, trying to persuade them to see the film before jumping to conclusions," reminisces Ghai.

Bal Thackeray came to his defence after watching the movie in a private screening, calling it a "patriotic" film in his paper Saamana and asserting that there was nothing wrong with the "Choli" song. However, the controversy it raised cost Ghai a National Award. "I lost by one vote to Yash Chopra's Darr," he sighs.

Another unanticipated controversy was the arrest of Sanjay for illegal possession of arms. They were shooting the climax in a courtroom and the news left them shocked. Soon after, his 'khal nayak' was arrested and many demanded a ban on the film.

Ghai persevered, the film opened with 11 premieres across Delhi, attended by 10 top directors, including Shekhar Kapur, Rakesh Roshan and JP Dutta. "Sanjay was out on bail and when I saw a crowd of 20,000 cheering him and Madhuri outside each of these 11 theatres, I was reassured. Never before or after have I got this kind of a response," he exults.

The premiere in Los Angeles too drew such huge crowds that police on horses were called to control them, much to their surprise since an Indian film had never created such craze outside of India before. Khal Nayak celebrated a golden jubilee run (52 weeks) and 12 years after its release, the British Film Institute informed Ghai that its students had voted it into a top 10 list of best of international films of the century. It was ranked in the top 100 films of world cinema by film magazine Sight and Sound , in its January 2000 issue.[3]


Sanjay Duty Madhuri Dixit Jackie Shroff Rakhi Gulzar Ramya Krishnan


39th Filmfare Awards



Title Singer(s)
"Aaja Sajan Aaja" Alka Yagnik
"Paalkhi Mein Hoke Sawar Chali Re" Alka Yagnik
"Aise Teri Yaad Aati Hai" Alka Yagnik & Mohammed Aziz
"Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai (Female) Alka Yagnik & Ila Arun
"Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai (Male)" Vinod Rathod
"Der Se Aana Jaldi Jaana" Alka Yagnik & Manhar Udhas
"Nayak Nahi Khalnayak Hoon Main" Kavita Krishnamurthy & Vinod Rathod
"Nayak Nahi Khalnayak Hai Tu" Ila Arun & Kavita Krishnamurthy
"O Maa Tujhe Salaam" Jagjit Singh


The film was the second highest grossing Hindi film of 1993[1] and the fourth highest grossing Hindi film of the 90's decade.In its Aug 2013 edition Celebrating a 100 years of Indian Cinema it was ranked as the 16th highest grossing Hindi film of all time.[citation needed]


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