Nagina (film)

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Not to be confused with Nagin, 1976 film.
For the 2014 film, see Nagina (2014 film).
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Directed by Harmesh Malhotra
Produced by Harmesh Malhotra
Written by Dr. Achala Nagar
Screenplay by Ravi Kapoor
Story by Jagmohan Kapoor
Starring Sridevi
Rishi Kapoor
Amrish Puri
Prem Chopra
Music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Cinematography V. Durga Prasad
Edited by Govind Dalwadi
Emkay Enterprises
Distributed by Emkay Enterprises
Release dates
28 November 1986
Country India
Language Hindi

Nagina is 1986 fantasy Hindi film, produced and directed by Harmesh Malhotra, written by Jagmohan Kapoor, and starring Sridevi and Rishi Kapoor in lead roles. This was the second women-centric commercial film of actress Sridevi after Tohfa.


Rajiv (Rishi Kapoor) comes from a wealthy land-owning family, and lives in a palatial home with his mother, who would like him to get married to a beautiful young woman named Vijaya Singh, the only daughter of Thakur Ajay Singh (Prem Chopra). Rajiv, however, is in love with Rajni (Sridevi), who is an orphan without connections. When Rajiv informs his mother of his intent to marry Rajni, she refuses to give her blessings, but relents after a favourable meeting with Rajni. The marriage is arranged and they enjoy their marriage - until the arrival of Bhairo Nath (Amrish Puri), a sadhu capable of controlling snakes. He informs Rajiv's mum that Rajni is a shape-shifting venomous snake who has married Rajiv to avenge the death of her spouse during Rajiv's childhood. To remove her from the household, Bhairo and his disciples do a snake dance song, forcing Rajni to dance for them as she is a naga. However, when Rajiv comes into the house, Rajni escapes, only to be caught by Bhairo again, who reveals his plot, to control the world with the Mani, a sacred jewel that only Rajni knows is hidden. However, Rajiv comes and engages in a fight with the sadhu. The sadhu dies, and Rajiv and Rajni live happily ever after.


According trade Taran ardarsh Nagina turned out to be the biggest blockbuster of the year[1][2] with Box Office India stating that Sridevi remained "the undisputed No.1".[3] The movie was appreciated for its screenplay, dialogues and direction.[4] Named one of the best snake fantasy films by Yahoo,[5] Times of India ranked Nagina as one of the 'Top 10 Snake Films of Hindi Cinema'.[6] Sridevi's climax dance number 'Main Teri Dushman' also remains one of the best snake dances in Bollywood[7] with Desi Hits calling it "one of Sridevi's most iconic dance numbers...that still gives fans goose bumps"[8] and iDiva describing it as "the stuff of movie legends".[9]

In 2013, Sridevi was given the Filmfare Special Award for her performances in Nagina as well as Mr. India (1987) to recognise her work at that time.



This movie was followed by a sequel in 1989 called Nigahen: Nagina Part II.[10]


The film's music was provided by Laxmikant-Pyarelal, with lyrics by Anand Bakshi, and had classic songs like, Main Teri Dushman.[11]


# Title Singer(s)
1 "Tu Ne Bechain Itna Ziada Kiya" Mohammed Aziz, Anuradha Paudwal
2 "Main Teri Dushman, Dushman Tu Mera" Lata Mangeshkar
3 "Balma Tum Balma Ho Mere Khali Naam Ke" Kavita Krishnamurthy
4 "Bhooli Bisri Ek Kahani" Anuradha Paudwal
5 "Aaj Kal Yaad Kuch Aur Rehta Nahin" Mohammed Aziz


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