Pukar (2000 film)

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Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi
Produced by Surinder Kapoor
Screenplay by Rajkumar Santoshi
Story by Rajkumar Santoshi
Starring Anil Kapoor
Madhuri Dixit
Namrata Shirodkar
Danny Denzongpa
Om Puri
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Ashok Mehta
Santosh Sivan
Baba Azmi
Edited by V. N. Mayekar
Release dates
11 February 2000
Country India
Language Hindi

'Pukar' (English: Call) is a Hindi drama filmdirected by Rajkumar Santoshi and starring Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Namrata Shirodkar, Danny Denzongpa and Om Puri. The film was critically acclaimed but only did average at box office.[1] It won two National Film Awards, including the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration and the National Film Award for Best Actor for Anil Kapoor's performance.

Pukar was a considered a milestone for Indian cinema in action genre. Critics widely praised the movie's plot and action scenes, Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit for their outstanding performances. However the movie entered tough competition against Vaastav: The Reality and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam which were also praised and dominated the boxoffice and awards. Critics also acclaimed A.R Rahman musical score. Pukar is also considered a neo-noir and political thriller movie. Many critics considered Pukar among or the best action movie in Indian cinema.

The score and soundtrack were composed by A. R. Rahman.


Major Jaidev Rajvansh (Anil Kapoor) and his fellow officer manage to rescue a leading politician as well as capture his kidnapper, Abhrush (Danny Denzongpa). The terrorist has been wanted for years and he is finally captured by the two officers. Jai returns to a joyous welcome and is declared a national hero. He takes a break from the army and returns to his hometown. There he meets his childhood friend Anjali (Madhuri Dixit) who has always harboured love for Jai. Anjali wants to make most of Jai's holiday and tries to get close to him and spend time with him as much as she can.

At a party, he meets the then Miss India, Pooja Mallapa (Namrata Shirodkar). As they spend more time together, they begin to fall in love. In the mean time, Jai's parents are arranging his marriage to Anjali but when they find out about Jai's love for Pooja, they realise that they have to tell Anjali everything. Anjali, heartbroken and jealous wants revenge as Jai rejected her. Realising her frustration with Jai, Abrush takes advantage (via the said "kidnapped" politician who is hand in glove with Abrush) and together they plot to destroy Jai's reputation and life.

Anjali manages to steal certain important secret documents detailing plans for Abrush's movement from prison to prison. The following events lead to Jai being court martialed and he is declared a traitor to the country. Pooja leaves him alone due to family pressure. Jai, determined to prove his innocence and redeem himself, decides to pursue Abrush alone. Ultimately Anjali comes to her senses and realises her mistake. To atone for it, she single-handedly tries to thwart Abhrush's plans and help Jai prove his innocence. Jai overpowers Abhrush. Finally Jai expresses his love for Anjali and forgives her and both unite.



Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman
Released 1999 (India)
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn
Genre Film Soundtrack
Label Venus
Producer A.R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Taj Mahal

The music is given by A.R.Rahman while the lyrics are written by Majrooh, Javed Akhtar.


Track # Song Artist(s) Picturised on Length
1 "Que Sera Sera" Shankar Mahadevan & Kavita Krishnamurthy; Chorus: Swarnalatha Prabhu Deva & Madhuri Dixit 06:51
2 "Sunta Hai Mera Khuda" Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy & Swarnalatha Anil Kapoor, Namrata Shirodkar & Madhuri Dixit 06:36
3 "Humrahi Jab Ho Mastana" Udit Narayan & Hema Sardesai Anil Kapoor & Namrata Shirodkar 04:26
4 "Hai Jaana - 1" Sujatha Madhuri Dixit 04:18
5 "Kismat Se Tum" Sonu Nigam & Anuradha Paudwal Anil Kapoor & Madhuri Dixit 06:20
6 "Ek Tu Hi Bharosa" Lata Mangeshkar Lata Mangeshkar (herself) 06:29


Pukar received many awards and nominations, the most important being Anil Kapoor who won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Filmfare Awards


IIFA Awards


Star Screen Awards



National Film Awards


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