Lakshya (film)

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Directed by Farhan Akhtar
Produced by Ritesh Sidhwani
Screenplay by Javed Akhtar
Story by Javed Akhtar
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Hrithik Roshan
Preity Zinta
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography Christopher Popp
Edited by Anand Subaya
Distributed by Excel Entertainment
Release dates
18 June 2004
Running time
187 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 320 million (US$4.7 million)[1]
Box office 500.5 million (US$7.4 million)[2]

Lakshya (English: Goal/Target) is a 2004 Indian war drama film directed by Farhan Akhtar, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Sharad Kapoor, Aditya Srivastava, Om Puri and Boman Irani. Hrithik Roshan plays the role of Lieutenant (later Acting Captain) Karan Shergill, who leads his team (initially 12, falling to 6 members) to victory over the Pakistani troops. It is a coming-of-age story with a fictionalized backdrop of the Kargil war.


Karan Shergill (Hrithik Roshan) is a young man who has no goal or plans for his future. His father is a businessman, his brother is a successful individual living in America. His girlfriend, Romi (Preity Zinta), a student activist and reporter who espouses fashionable causes out of well-meaning sincerity, tells him he needs to find a goal in life. When a friend announces he is going to join the Indian Military Academy (IMA, Dehradun), Karan applies as well, despite dissent from his parents.

To his surprise, Karan gets selected (though his friend backs out). But he is undisciplined and unused to the life there and keeps getting into trouble. Upset, he runs away from the academy, which causes Romi to break up with him. Karan finally comes to terms with his situation and makes his decision. He returns to the IMA, takes his punishment, and becomes a focused, disciplined cadet leader, graduating as an officer Lieutenant Karan Shergill.

Karan is posted to the 3rd Battalion of the Punjab Regiment, commanded by Col. Sunil Damle (Amitabh Bachchan) in the Kargil sector, and handles his responsibilities well. Karan comes home on leave and finds out that Romi is getting engaged. Karan is recalled to his post as his leave is cut short due to outbreak of hostilities in Kargil.

He reports back to his post where he is promoted to the rank of Acting Captain. His battalion CO briefs the officers on the latest situation. The battalion has been assigned to secure Point 5179, a crucial vantage point dominating the army's main supply line, the NH1D. The first part of the assault is successful. The battalion destroys the enemy's screening units with Karan cited for his bravery in saving another officer's life. Meanwhile, Romi gets stationed as war correspondent, where she meets a changed Karan.

Romi breaks off her engagement tries to renew her relationship with Karan amidst the war. In the second phase of the assault Karan's unit engages in a failed attempt to storm and capture the Pakistani strongholds on the mountain. The Pakistanis have the advantage due to their strategic position and deal the unit heavy losses during the attack. Capt. Shergill and a group of 12 are next given orders to encircle the enemy position and attack it from behind. To do this, they must scale a 1000-foot rock wall. Karan realizes that he has finally found his lakshya (goal) in the form of the wall.

After the unit sustains an attack in a grass field and loses their commanding officer, the remaining men scale the cliff and attack the Pakistani stronghold during the night. The movie ends with Col. Damle looking out across the mountains the next morning, to see an injured Capt. Karan hoisting the Indian flag atop the ruins of the stronghold. Karan's father, who was skeptical and disapproving of him, is now proud of his son. Karan is given a leave following his condition, whereupon he and Romi reunite.



The production of movie was started in Mumbai, India and movie was shot in different locations of Indian states of Uttrakhand and Jammu and Kashmir. Some parts of the film were also shot in Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, India. Actual Indian Army officers also participated in the movie and because of it sometimes Preity Zinta got confused about who was an actual officer and who was an actor.


National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards



The film netted average-par 230 million at the domestic box office and was declared a blockbuster hit."


Lakshya grossed $5,859,242 worldwide including $753,600 from North American markets and $5,105,642 from other markets.[3] In the U.S., it performed better, grossing $380,000 on 59 screens [approx. Rs.17.5 million] in its opening weekend. The per screen average is $6,440.[4]


Lakshya soundtrack cover.jpg
Studio album by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
24 April 2004
Recorded Purple Haze Studios
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Producer Farhan Akhtar
Ritesh Sidhwani
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy chronology
Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na

The film's soundtrack was composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (SEL), with lyrics by Javed Akhtar.[5] Shaan's "Main Aisa Kyun Hoon", picturized on Hrithik, is a laid-back, funky-hip hop track.[6] "Agar Main Kahoon" is the love duet, picturized on Hrithik-Preity. The trio used harmonica for the track.[7] The title track "Lakshya" is a techno-flavored patriotic song by Shankar, which is followed by "Kandhon Se Milte", another patriotic song with the vocals of Kunal Ganjawala and Vijay Prakash. "Kitni Baatein", a pathos song, is crooned by Hariharan and Sadhana Sargam. There are two instrumentals, "Victory" and "Separation". The trumpet portion from "Victory" has been used as the background music for their logo by Excel.

Track list[edit]

Song Singer(s) Duration Picturized On
"Main Aisa Kyun Hoon" Shaan 4.34 Hrithik Roshan
"Agar Main Kahoon" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik 4.52 Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta
"Kitni Baatein" Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam 5.47 Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta
"Lakshya" Shankar Mahadevan 6.15 Hrithik Roshan
"Kandhon Se Milte Hain Kandhe" Kunal Ganjawala, Sonu Nigam, Roop Kumar Rathod, Vijay Prakash, Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan 5.40 Hrithik Roshan and the rest of the army members
"Separation" Instrumental 2.29 Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta
"Kitni Baatein" (Reprise) Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam 4.11
"Victory" Instrumental 3.20 Hrithik Roshan
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Bollywood Hungama 3/5 stars[8]
Planet Bollywood 9/10 stars[9]

The reception to the soundtrack ranged from mixed to positive. Joginder Tutja of Bollywood Hungama in his review, said "Lakshya does have good music that is very urban and will appeal to the class audience. Going by the theme of the movie, the album is pretty balanced and has been composed with style that speaks of class."[8] Planet Bollywood found the album to be "as good as Dil Chahta Hai".[9] Subhash K. Jha described the album as "daringly unusual sound with a show-offy kind of innovativeness".[10]

Sukanya Verma of, however, remarked that, though the album was good, it was below expectations and "lacked punch".[11]


  1. ^ Lakshya goes off target at the BO
  2. ^ Box Office 2004
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  4. ^ Box office: `Lakshya` overseas
  5. ^ "Lakshya : Soundtrack listing and details". 18 June 2004. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  6. ^ "Lakshya is about Hrithik, about finding yourself". Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  7. ^ "View topic - Hey SEL". 16 November 2006. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  8. ^ a b "Lakshya : Music Review by Joginder Tuteja". Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  9. ^ a b "Bollywood - Music Review - Lakshya". 22 April 2004. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  10. ^ "Lakshya Music Review, Indian Movie Lakshya Music Review, Lakshya movie Music Review, Bollywood movie Music Review". 30 April 2004. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  11. ^ "'Lakshya' needs more punch". Retrieved 2012-02-27. 

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