Ram Lakhan

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Ram Lakhan
Ram Lakhan poster.jpg
Directed bySubhash Ghai
Produced byAshok Ghai
Written byAnwar Khan (dialogues)
Screenplay byRam Kelkar
StarringAnil Kapoor
Jackie Shroff
Dimple Kapadia
Madhuri Dixit
Amrish Puri
Paresh Rawal
Anupam Kher
Music byLaxmikant-Pyarelal
CinematographyAshok Mehta
Edited byWaman Bhonsle,
Gurudutt Shirali
Suneha Arts
Distributed byMukta Arts
Release date
  • 27 January 1989 (1989-01-27)
Running time
174 Min.
Box office₹36 crore[1]

Ram Lakhan is a 1989 Indian crime drama film. It was produced and directed by Subhash Ghai and had an ensemble cast, including Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Madhuri Dixit, Dimple Kapadia, Raakhee and Anupam Kher. Director Subhash Ghai had initially offered the music to R.D. Burman. But after recording 2 songs, he immediately shifted the task to Laxmikant Pyarelal. The film was a huge box office blockbuster of its time and was loved by audiences.[2] The film is considered a classic and is considered to be Ghai's best work.[3] Anil Kapoor's character Lakhan was much loved by audiences and is considered to be one of his best performances.[4][5][6] The film is also one of the most popular and successful films of the duo Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff, who share great on screen chemistry.[7] The film featured the much loved Jodi of Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit and was one of their most memorable films together.[8][9][10][11]

Ram Lakhan was the second highest-grossing Bollywood film of 1989 and the second highest-grossing Indian film of the 1980s.


Sharda (Raakhee) is happily married in a rich aristocratic household to Thakur Pratap Singh (Dalip Tahil) and is the mother to two young boys. Thakur Pratap Singh's father shows mercy to his nephews Bhishamber (Amrish Puri) and Bhanu (Paresh Rawal) after they serve jail time for siphoning the family wealth and stealing within the household and whiling away their time - drinking and gambling. Sr. Thakur (Lahiri Singh) is tricked into signing a will that deprives his son, daughter-in-law and two children from the ancestral wealth and the right to even live in the manor's premises.

Senior Thakur is then killed off in a car bomb and when Thakur Pratap Singh refuses to bow down to cruel Bhishamber Nath after finding out their master plan and after his wife is humiliated publicly by then, he is severely beaten up, stabbed brutally, and left on a nearby railway track to be cut to pieces by the next passing train, leaving behind his widowed wife Sharda, and two young sons, Ram and Lakhan. Sharda, who witnesses the whole scene, vows to avenge the death of her husband and hopes she will achieve this by visiting the temple every day - praying for justice. She talks about the day when her sons grow up and ultimately destroy their father's assailants, and it is then and then only that she will disperse her husband's ashes.

The evil duo Bhishamber and Bhanu exploit and enjoy the family's riches. Those sons grow into the upstanding police officer Ram (Jackie Shroff) and the easily tempted dreamer, smart talker and street procession dancer Lakhan (Anil Kapoor). If the family is to be avenged, Ram will have to lead his brother away from the path of corruption he's strayed onto to make quick money and protect him from the influence of Bhanu and Bhishamber.

Years later, Ram is now the Police Inspector and is a major obstacle in Bhishamber's illegal activities, while Lakhan is the fun-loving, wanna-be quick millionaire, precocious young man, still living in his brother's shadow and mother's love for him. Ram also has an affair with the Commissioner's daughter, Geeta (Dimple Kapadia) and is constantly teased by his younger brother for not coming out in the open with it.

When Lakhan finds out that there is a big reward for the capture and arrest of notorious gangster Kesariya Vilayti, he single-handedly captures him and claims the reward. Thinking police work is quite simple and easy, he applies for the job, completes his training and also becomes a police inspector like his brother. He also seeks to use this to woo his childhood sweetheart Radha (Madhuri Dixit) and deal with her stingy, eccentric but easily fooled and well-meaning father Deodhar Shastri (Anupam Kher).

Satisfied that her sons have chosen the right path, Sharda goes on a religious pilgrimage to pray for their unity. When she returns, she finds that nothing is the same anymore, Ram and Lakhan have quarreled and no longer speak with each other based on their ideological differences and because Lakhan uses his power to help smugglers and make extra money in an attempt at raising his clout so he can exact revenge against the evil Bhishamber and Bhanu. Ram continues to live in their older family home, while Lakhan has moved into a spacious bungalow, supposedly bought through bribes and black deals. While Ram continues to create obstacles for Bhishamber, Lakhan joins Bhishamber's gang and is on their payroll.

However, after Lakhan is tricked by Bhishamber and the ruthless, womanising and dastardly Sir John, Ram has to come to terms and save his little brother and finish what was once started.


  • Jackie Shroff... Police Inspector Ram Pratap Singh, Lakhan's older brother
  • Anil Kapoor... Sub Inspector Lakhan Pratap Singh, Ram's younger brother
  • Raakhee... Mrs. Sharda Pratap Singh, Ram-Lakhan's mother
  • Amrish Puri... Bhishambar Nath, the lead antagonist
  • Madhuri Dixit... Radha Shastri, Lakhan's love interest
  • Dimple Kapadia... Geeta Kashyap, Ram's love interest
  • Gulshan Grover... Kesariya Vilayati, 'Bad Man', Bhishambar's crime partner
  • Paresh Rawal... Bhanu Nath, Bhishambar's younger brother
  • Anupam Kher... Deodhar Shastri, Radha's father
  • Saeed Jaffrey... Police Commissioner Arun Kashyap
  • Raza Murad... Sir John, the drug lord, Bhishambar's boss
  • Dalip Tahil... Thakur Pratap Singh, Ram-Lakhan's father who is killed by Bhishambar and Bhanu
  • Annu Kapoor... Shiv Charan Mathur
  • Sonika Gill... Vivienne, Sir John's mistress
  • Anand Balraj... Debu, Bhishambar's son
  • Mukri... Dhondu Nai
  • Lalita Kumari... Mrs. Bhishamber Nath
  • Subhash Ghai... Man singing on a motorcycle
  • Satish Kaushik... Kanshiram
  • Lahiri Singh... Father of Thakur Pratap Singh
  • Satish Kaul... Friend of Lakhan Pratap Singh

Tracks list[edit]

The soundtrack was composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and the lyrics wrote by Anand Bakshi The song "My Name Is Lakhan" attained popularity.[12]

# Title Singer(s) Length
1 "My Name Is Lakhan" Mohammad Aziz, Anuradha Paudwal, Nitin Mukesh 07:10
2 "Tera Naam Liya" Manhar Udhas, Anuradha Paudwal 05:58
3 "Main Hoon Hero" Mohammad Aziz, Amit Kumar, Alisha Chinai 09:07
4 "Bada Dukh Dina O Ramji" Lata Mangeshkar 06:04
5 "Mere Do Anmol Ratan" - Version 1 Mohammad Aziz, Kavita Krishnamurthy 05:17
6 "Bekhabar Bewafa" Anuradha Paudwal 10:00
7 "Mere Do Anmol Ratan" - Version 2 Kavita Krishnamurthy, Mohammad Aziz 2:30


35th Filmfare Awards[13]



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  10. ^ "Happy Birthday Madhuri Dixit: 7 On-screen Heroes of Bollywood's Dance Queen". news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
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  12. ^ De, Shobhaa (10 February 2018). "Budget blues: One two ka four, four two ka one!". Asian Age. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  13. ^ "FILMFARE NOMINEES AND WINNER" (PDF). The Times Group. Archived (PDF) from the original on 19 October 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2018.

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