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Theatrical release poster
Directed byRajiv Rai
Produced byGulshan Rai
Written byArshad Parvez
Rajiv Rai
K.K. Singh
StarringSunny Deol
Jackie Shroff
Naseeruddin Shah
Madhuri Dixit
Sangeeta Bijlani
Anupam Kher
Amrish Puri
Music byKalyanji-Anandji, Viju Shah
CinematographyRomesh Bhalla
Edited byNaresh Malhotra
Distributed byTrimurti Films Pvt.Ltd
Release date
  • 7 July 1989 (1989-07-07)

Tridev (translation: Trinity) is a 1989 Indian action thriller film directed by Rajiv Rai.[1][2][3] It stars Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Naseeruddin Shah, Madhuri Dixit, Sangeeta Bijlani and Sonam in lead roles. The film was critically acclaimed and won three Filmfare Awards at the 35th Filmfare Awards in 1990. The film was remade in Telugu as Nakshatra Poratam, with Suman, Bhanuchander, and Arun Pandian in lead roles.


Bhujang (Amrish Puri), a powerful crime lord, has a honest politician assassinated on behalf of his arms supplier. Inspector Karan Saxena (Sunny Deol) is assigned to the case. Karan is the son of a respected judge. Karan is in love with Divya (Madhuri Dixit) and they both are engaged. Divya's father is the Commissioner of Police Mathur (Anupam Kher). Her brother Ravi (Jackie Shroff) is the hot-headed black sheep of the family.

Karan arrests a small time arms seller, Ramesh and finds out when the arms shipments are smuggled in. At the next arms drop, Karan arrests the dealer Don. Bhujang has Inspector Karan framed and has Ramesh and Karan's father, the judge, killed. Commissioner Mathur is aware of Karan's honesty but has him transferred to a remote village due to pressure from his seniors. At his new post, Karan meets Jai Singh (Naseeruddin Shah) and finds out that Jai's father was murdered by a dacoit called Bhairav. At the time the local police were headed by Mathur, who arrested the wrong man and ignored the testimony of the young Jai.

Bhujang's brother Raghav is doing time for illegal possession of weapons. Bhujang abducts Divya to force her father, Commissioner Mathur, to release Raghav. Ravi breaks Raghav out from prison and Bhujang invites Ravi to join his gang. When Commissioner Mathur decides to bring Karan back, Bhujang sends Ravi and his men to have Karan killed. They tie up Karan in his house and burn it down, but Karan escapes with the help of a knife Ravi gave him in secret. At Bhujang's house Ravi meets Natasha (Sangeeta Bijlani). Natasha is Ramesh's sister, who is working with the journalist Shrikant to get proof of Bhujang's crimes. Shrikant is later killed before he can publish his proof.

Jai Singh leaves for the city. Renuka (Sonam), an actress he met earlier, hires him as a bodyguard as she is impressed when Jai catches a bag snatcher. Renuka is the daughter of a corrupt politician who works with Bhujang and plans to have her married to one of Bhujang's sons. Jai meets Bhujang and recognises him as the Dacoit Bhairav who murdered his father.

Meanwhile Karan destroys Bhujang's large warehouse which stockpiled smuggled weapons, inflicting a big financial loss to Bhujang. Karan secretly starts working with Ravi to destroy Bhujang's plans

When Bhujang plans to rob a global bank to overcome his financial loss, Ravi gives the information to Karan. Jai Singh finds out about the plans when he over hears Renuka's father discussing it with Bhujang's son and takes Renuka to the bank to prove her father's misdeeds to her. At the bank, Karan foils the bank robbery and kills one of Bhujang's sons.

Bhujang captures a large group of policemen along with Commissioner Mathur and has Karan, Ravi and Jai are framed for it. He also captures Divya, Natasha and Renuka. Karan joins forces with Ravi and Jai to fight Bhujang. They escape and break in to Bhujang's hideout where there defeat his men and free Divya, Natasha and Renuka along with the captured policemen before cornering Bhujang whom they then kill. The three couples Karan-Divya, Ravi-Natasha and Jai-Renuka finally unite and rejoice.



At the 35th Filmfare Awards, Tridev won two awards from six nominations.

Award Category Nominee Result
Filmfare Awards Best Female Playback Singer Sapna Mukherjee Won
Best Sound Recording B. V. Chaturvedi Won
Best Supporting Actor Amrish Puri Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Amit Kumar Nominated
Best Music Director Kalyanji-Anandji, Viju Shah Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Alisha Chinai Nominated


The music was given by Kalyanji–Anandji, arrangements by Viju Shah and the lyrics by Anand Bakshi. The songs of this album like "Main Teri Mohabbat Main", "Tirchi Topiwale", "Gali Gali Main Phirta Hai", "Gajar Ne Kiya Hai Ishara" and "Rat Bhar Jaam Se" were very popular. "Oye Oye" samples 'Rhythm is Gonna Get You' by Miami Sound Machine and the Tridev theme is directly copied from "one more chance" by Pet Shop Boys. The song "Oye Oye" was used twice in movies Double Dhamaal and Azhar, the song "Gail Gali Main Phirta Hai" is used in Hindi dubbed version of Kannada-language movie K.G.F: Chapter 1[4][5].

All lyrics are written by Anand Bakshi.

1."Tridev (Prologue)"Naseeruddin Shah 
2."Main Teri Mohabbat Main"Mohammad Aziz & Sadhana Sargam 
3."Tirchi Topiwale"Amit Kumar & Sapna Mukherjee 
4."Gali Gali Mein Phirta Hai"Manhar Udhas, Alka Yagnik 
5."Gajar Ne Kiya Hai Ishara (Oye Oye)"Sadhana Sargam, Alka Yagnik & Sapna Mukherjee 
6."Main Teri Mohabbat Main (Part 2)"Sadhana Sargam 
7."Raat Bhar Jaam Se"Alisha Chinai 
8."Tirchi Topiwale (Part 2)"Amit Kumar & Sapna Mukherjee 
9."Oye Oye"Amit Kumar, Udit Narayan & Jolly Mukherjee 


  1. ^ "Rajiv Rai keen to direct again - IBNLive". 13 October 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Rajiv Rai relocates to Mumbai after 14 years of his run-in with the mafia - The Times of India". 10 July 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Bollywood celebs who were threatened by the underworld - The Times of India". 1 January 1970. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  4. ^ Bollywood: Mouni Roy to recreate Tridev Song for Yash film KGF
  5. ^ Watch out for Mouni Roy's hot moves on Jackie Shroff's '80s song in KGF: Chapter 1

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