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Directed by Rakesh Roshan
Produced by Rakesh Roshan
Written by Anwar Khan (dialogues)
Screenplay by Ravi Kapoor
Sachin Bhowmick
Story by Rakesh Roshan
Starring Madhuri Dixit
Shahrukh Khan
Amrish Puri
Music by Rajesh Roshan
Cinematography Sameer Arya
Edited by Sanjay Verma
Filmkraft Productions Pvt. Ltd.
Release dates
  • April 18, 1997 (1997-04-18) (India)
Running time
167 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 12 crore (equivalent to 43 crore or US$6.4 million in 2016)[1]
Box office 28.05 crore (equivalent to 100 crore or US$15 million in 2016)[2]

Koyla (English: Coal Man) is a 1997 Indian action thriller film written, produced and directed by Rakesh Roshan. The film stars Madhuri Dixit, Shahrukh Khan, Amrish Puri, Himani Shivpuri, Salim Ghouse, and Johnny Lever in pivotal roles. The film garnered positive reviews, and became a box-office hit.[3][4][5][6]


Shankar (Shahrukh Khan) is a mute man, raised by the powerful King Raja (Amrish Puri) who treats him like a slave. The elderly Raja, who is a ruthless and cruel man with a large appetite for young women, wants to marry Gauri (Madhuri Dixit), a happy young innocent village girl. Gauri, however, wants to see a picture of her future husband first, so Raja sends her one of Shankar. Gauri instantly falls in love with him and the wedding proceeds. However, before the ceremony is completed, she discovers that it's not Shankar whom she has married and faints; Raja orders the priest to continue with the ceremony, even though the marriage would be invalid while Gauri is unconscious. When Gauri regains consciousness, she discover Raja trying to "consummate" with her and learns they're married which shocks her. She refuses to seduce herself to him by attempting suicide, so he imprisons and tortures her. One night, Bindya (Deepshika) goes to Shankar, but instead finds Raja's brother Brijwa waiting for her. He attempts to rape her, but Shankar stops him. Not being able to proceed thrashing his master's brother, he takes a beating and gets framed for attempting to rape Bindya by Brijwa. Bindya is then sent to a brothel controlled by (Himani Shivpuri). When her brother Ashok (Mohnish Behl) comes to save her, Raja kills him. Moments before he dies, Ashok makes Shankar promise him to save his sister; Shankar and Gauri flee Raja's mansion.

After a long chase through the mountains and jungle, Raja and his men leave, and during that time Gauri and Shankar begin to show their affection for one another. But unexpectedly Raja's men see Shankar and Gauri near a waterfall and manage to capture them. Shankar is beaten and Raja slits his throat, then left to die in the mountains; Gauri is sold to a brothel. There, Bindya saves Gauri from what had been done to her, and in the process she eventually gets killed. Shankar is found and saved by a mysterious healer, who operates on his throat while he is still unconscious. The healer, who discovers that Shankar is not mute by birth, is able to repair some of the damaged nerves in Shankar's throat, enabling him to speak. Shankar recalls that when he was a boy, two men, greedy for his father's wealth, murdered his parents in front of him; when young Shankar threatened to tell everyone what they did, someone came up from behind him and shoved hot coals into his throat, rendering him mute. Shankar returns, kills Brijwa and is reunited with Gauri after rescuing her from the same men that killed his parents, and bought Gauri. Shankar, in the process discovers that Raja was the person who made him mute and who ordered his parents to be killed. He kills Raja's two henchmen and finally manages to corner Raja who finally apologizes to Shankar for his wrongdoings to him, but Shankar disregards this and kills him by setting him on fire. At last, Shankar and Gauri embrace each other and live happily ever after.



# Title Singer(s) Length
1 "Tanhai Tanhai" Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan 05:35
2 "Badan Juda Hote Hain" Kumar Sanu, Preeti Uttam Singh 10:30
3 "Dekha Tujhe To" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik 07:32
4 "Sanson Ki Mala Pe" Kavita Krishnamurthy 06:47
5 "Bhang Ke Nashe Mein" Alka Yagnik, Aditya Narayan 06:07
6 "Ghunghte Mein Chanda Hai" Udit Narayan 06:17

Box office[edit]

Koyla grossed 25.91 crore (US$3.9 million) in India and $600,000 (2.14 crore) in other countries, for a worldwide total of 28.05 crore (US$4.2 million), against its 12 crore (US$1.8 million) budget. It had a worldwide opening weekend of 5.39 crore (US$800,000), and grossed 10.60 crore (US$1.6 million) in its first week.[2] It is the 8th-highest-grossing film of 1997 worldwide.[7]


It opened on Friday, April 18, 1997, across 275 screens, and had a record opening of 4.06 crore (US$600,000) nett. The film shared the record for the highest opening day with previous record opener Trimurti which also grossed 1.06 crore (US$160,000) nett on its opening day. It went on to break 3.07 crore (US$460,000) nett opening weekend record set by Trimurti, and recorded highest ever opening weekend of 3.10 crore (US$460,000) nett. It had a first week of 5.52 crore (US$820,000) nett. The film earned a total of 14.88 crore (US$2.2 million) nett, and was declared "average" by Box Office India.[2] It is the 8th-highest-grossing film of 1997 in India.[8]


It earned $600,000 (2.14 crore) outside India.[2] Overseas, It is the 6th-highest-grossing film of 1997.[9]

'Koyla' worldwide collections breakdown
Territory Territory wise Collections break-up
India Nett Gross:
14.88 crore (US$2.2 million)
Distributor share:
8.36 crore (US$1.2 million)
Total Gross:
25.91 crore (US$3.9 million)
(Outside India)
$600,000 (2.14 crore)
Worldwide 28.05 crore (US$4.2 million)


Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role - Amrish Puri - Nominated


  1. ^ "Koyla Budget". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Koyla Box office". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Rediff On The Net, Movies: The hits and misses of 1997". 
  4. ^ "Koyla". 7 April 1997 – via IMDb. 
  5. ^ "Koyla plot". 
  6. ^ "Koyla". 
  7. ^ "Top Worldwide Grossers 1997". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Top India Total Nett Gross 1997". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Top Overseas Gross 1997". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 

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