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Thakshak Poster.jpg
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
Box office10cr[2]

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 in the lead roles. The soundtrack was composed by A. R. Rahman. The movie was declared a below average at the box office.

Plot summary[edit]

A poetic romance between Ishaan (Ajay Devgn) and Suman (Tabu) set against the concrete Mumbai cityscape opens the film.

Ishaan, the only son of an affluent business family, and his contemporary peer Sunny (Rahul Bose), 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 (Amrish Puri) 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. Coming close on the heels of the soundtrack of Taal, this soundtrack from Rahman received positive reviews and was claimed the highlight of the movie.[3] 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 movie Star, Rahman reused most of his compositions from Thakshak. The popular song Rang De from the album was featured in a Hollywood 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


This movie was touted as Govind Nihalani's attempt at making popular cinema. However, the film was not well received both by critics and audiences. The lack of gripping screenplay and predictable storyline were claimed to be some of the weak points of the movie. Despite its flaws, the performance by the lead actors was appreciated. According to critics, Rahul Bose's depiction of a violent, reckless mafia heir bonding with Ajay Devgn's portrayal of a strong, silent man was one of the highlights of the movie.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Thakshak - Movie - Box Office India".
  2. ^ "Thakshak - Movie - Box Office India".
  3. ^ Planet Bollywood Music Review - Thakshak
  4. ^ Rediff Review - Thakshak
  5. ^ Planet Bollywood Film Review - Thakshak Archived 6 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine

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