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Directed byGovind Nihalani
Written byGovind Nihalani
Produced byManmohan Shetty
CinematographySanthosh Sivan
Edited byDeepa Bhatia
Music byA. R. Rahman
Release date
  • 3 December 1999 (1999-12-03)
Running time
161 minutes
Budget₹6.5 crore[1]
Box office₹10 crore[1]

Thakshak is a 1999 Indian action drama film written and directed by Govind Nihalani. Touted as Nihalani's attempt at popular cinema, this film stars Ajay Devgn, Tabu and Rahul Bose. The soundtrack was composed by A. R. Rahman.


A poetic romance between Ishaan and Suman set against the concrete Mumbai cityscape opens the film.

Ishaan, the only son of an affluent business family, and his contemporary peer Sunny, the grandson of the head of the business house, are being groomed to take over the business. They share a strong male bonding, Ishaan's controlled and silent strength acts as an anchor to Sunny's flamboyance and recklessly violent streak. The business, a construction empire built by Ishaan's father Nahar Singh and Sunny's grandfather, is rooted in violent and unlawful activities.

Ishaan, sheltered in comfort and security, begins to question his environment as his relationship with Suman, an idealistic young woman, opens a new world to him. As his love for her grows, so does his fear of losing her. Ishaan is caught between a life steeped in violence and his love for Suman who abhors violence.

Torn by his desire to leave the world of crime, and his sense of loyalty to his father and his friend, Ishaan unwillingly gets drawn deeper into violence, and finds himself a participant in an act of gruesome cold-blooded massacre. The image of a young girl disabled by this violent act haunts his conscience. His quiet, but firm resolve, to withdraw from the business clashes with Nahar Singh's pragmatism (to build power at any cost and to legalise crime with that power), and with Sunny's refusal to release him from his oath of loyalty.

The events escalate with Ishaan's arrest, and Nahar Singh's murder. Ishaan is finally forced to make a choice between personal loyalty and a larger allegiance to society and truth.



Soundtrack album by
Released1999 (India)
RecordedPanchathan Record Inn
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelSa Re Ga Ma
ProducerManmohan Shetty
A. R. Rahman chronology

The music was composed by A. R. Rahman and lyrics penned by Mehboob and Sukhwinder Singh. The film marked Rahman's first collaboration with Govind Nihalani. Their first collaboration was supposed to be Nihalani's acclaimed 1994 film Drohkaal. Rahman signed Drohkaal, but opted out midway after losing his compositions for the film on a computer crash. Rahman's soundtrack for Thakshak received positive reviews and was reviewed as one of the highlights of the movie.[2] The composition of the song "Jumbalika" was reused from A. R. Rahman's earlier work for a Tamil film En Swasa Kaatre, which was used in episode I Just Wasn't Made for These Times of science fiction TV series Defiance For the soundtrack to the 2001 Tamil film Star, Rahman reused most of his compositions from Thakshak. The song "Dheem Ta Dare" was set in Raga Megh (Madhyamavathi), which was later reused as "Thom Karuvil Irunthom". The song Rang De from the album was featured in an American film The Accidental Husband.

Song Artist(s) Lyrics
"Rang De" Asha Bhonsle, A. R. Rahman Sukhwinder Singh
"Khamosh Raat" Roop Kumar Rathod Mehboob
"Jaan Meri" Hema Sardesai Mehboob
"Dheem Ta Dare" Surjo Bhattacharya Mehboob
"Boondon Se Baatein" Sujata Trivedi Mehboob
"Toofan Ki Raat" Hema Sardesai Mehboob
"Dholna" Sukhwinder Singh Sukhwinder Singh
"Jumbalika" Alisha Chinai, Shankar Mahadevan Mehboob


Sharmila Taliculam of said "This is Nihalani's first attempt at making a popular film. And he goes overboard."[3] Anupama Chopra writing for India Today stated "The performances are first-rate, especially those of Devgan and Amrish Puri. Only Bose, at times, goes over the top. Nihalani meanders unsteadily through the first half, but finds his grip during the second, expertly building up the tension to his minimalist climax. Thakshak is an experiment in popular format. It doesn't work fully, but patient viewers can expect to be amply rewarded."[4]


  1. ^ a b "Thakshak - Movie - Box Office India". Archived from the original on 11 August 2018. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Planet-Bollywood - Music Review - Thakshak". Archived from the original on 26 August 2022. Retrieved 26 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Rediff On The NeT, Movies: Thakshak review". Archived from the original on 26 August 2022. Retrieved 26 August 2022.
  4. ^ Chopra, Anupama (13 September 1999). "Movie review: Thakshak, starring Ajay Devgan, Tabu, Rahul Bose". India Today. Archived from the original on 10 September 2023. Retrieved 26 August 2022.

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