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Directed byAshok Honda
Written byNaeem - Ejaz (dialogues)
K. S. Ravi
Based onHonest Raj by K. S. Ravi
Produced byAshok Honda
StarringSuniel Shetty
Karisma Kapoor
Sonali Bendre
Edited byAshok Honda
Music byAnand–Milind
Release date
  • 29 November 1996 (1996-11-29)
Running time
164 minutes
Box office₹11.2 crore[1]

Rakshak (transl. Protector) is 1996 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Ashok Honda, starring Sunil Shetty, Karisma Kapoor, Raghuvaran, Sonali Bendre, Alok Nath and Aruna Irani. It is a remake of the Tamil film Honest Raj.[2]


Raj and his mother come to visit village. Raj meets his best friend Raghu, and love interest Suman. They eventually marry and Raj becomes an IPS officer. Raj’s mother considers Raghu too like her own son and even helps him financially in his time of distress, when he was actually about to commit suicide.

Raj and his family travel back to the city whereas Raghu starts printing fake currency to get rid of his loans and credits and becomes the mafia boss of the village.

Raj, in their next trip to the village, finds out Raghu’s secret but is attacked severely by Raghu's goons, who also kill his mother and Suman. Dr. Pooja Malhotra treats him to recover and take revenge on his friend turned enemy Raghu.



# Title Singer(s)
1 "Shehar Ki Ladki" Abhijeet, Chandana Dixit
2 "Sundara Sundara" Vinod Rathod, Sapna Mukherjee
3 "Zaalim Jahan Berang Hai" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
4 "Parody" Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Aditya Narayan, Poornima
5 "Ooiiyan Ooiiyan" Udit Narayan, Poornima
6 "Kuchi Kuchi" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik

After average success with the movie Anth (which was a semi-hit at the box-office), producer-director Ashok Honda again employed music directors Anand–Milind for Rakshak. Lyricist Sameer was also re-hired, but for only one song (Kuchi Kuchi). New lyricist Deepak Chowdhary wrote the remaining songs. With almost no expectations from the music of a Sunil Shetty-starrer, the music of Rakshak arrived rather quietly on the stands. But the moment Shahar Ki Ladki hit the TV channels, the song caught on with youthful listeners, and the music topped the charts. Kuchi Kuchi was another song that soon climbed the charts. With this new interest in the film's music, Ashok Honda picturised another song Sundara Sundara. The music of Rakshak topped the charts for several weeks, and Shehar Ki Ladki and Sundara Sundara still enjoy popularity.

The song "Shehar Ki Ladki" was recreated for Khandaani Shafakhana, the recreated version is sung by Tulsi Kumar and Badshah on the music of Tanishk Bagchi who has also rewritten the new song.[3]


For this film, choreographers Chinni Prakash and Rekha Prakash won the Filmfare Award for Best Choreography for the song "Shehar Ki Ladki" at the Filmfare Awards 1997.


Box office India called the film an ″average″ grosser.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Rakshak - Movie". Box Office India. Retrieved 5 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Movie review: Rakshak, starring Sunil Shetty, Karisma Kapoor, Sonali Bendre". India Today.
  3. ^ "Raveena Tandon, Suniel Shetty to make an appearance in Diana Penty's Sheher Ki Ladki remake for Khandaani Shafakhana". Hindustan Times. 30 June 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2019.

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