Virasat (1997 film)

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DVD cover
Directed by Priyadarshan
Produced by Mushir-Riaz
Screenplay by Vinay Shukla
Story by Kamal Haasan
Based on Thevar Magan 
by Bharathan
Starring Anil Kapoor
Amrish Puri
Pooja Batra
Milind Gunaji
Govind Namdeo
Music by Songs:
Anu Malik
Background Score:
S. P. Venkatesh
Cinematography Ravi K. Chandran
Edited by N. Gopalakrishnan
Distributed by M. R. Productions Pvt Ltd
Release dates
30 May 1997 (India)
Running time
168 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Virasat (English: Inheritance) is a 1997 Indian Hindi film, directed by Priyadarshan. The story was adapted from the Tamil film Thevar Magan. Mushir-Riaz duo produced the film. It starred Anil Kapoor, Tabu, Amrish Puri, Pooja Batra, Milind Gunaji and Govind Namdeo. The music was composed by Anu Malik and S. P. Venkatesh, with the former composing the songs and the latter composing the score. The film marked a comeback vehicle for Priyadarshan in Hindi cinema.[1] Music director Annu Malik reused some of the original tunes of Ilaiyaraaja from Thevar Magan.


After completing his studies in London, Shakti Thakur (Anil Kapoor) returns to the small Indian town where his family resides. Accompanying him is his girlfriend, Anita (Pooja Batra), whom he is in love with and wants to marry, much to the disapproval of his family. After a few days, Shakti starts to feel that nothing much has changed in this part of India and longs to leave. He tells his father that he would like to sell his share in the family land and would open Restaurant business and settle with his girlfriend, to this his Father(Amrish Puri) urges him to stay in the village and uplift it with his education, by saying "A man gets Education not to become a selfish being but to uplift his uneducated brothers and society". Shakti does not agree with his father and decides to leave. He is unable to bear the animosity between the townspeople in general and in particular between his Zamindar dad, Raja Thakur (Amrish Puri), and rival Zamindar Birju (Govind Namdeo), none other than Raja's crippled brother.

When Anita leaves town to meet her parents, Shakti wants to follow her; his plans change suddenly when his father passes away, and the region is ravaged by unprecedented natural calamities. At this moment Shakti realizes that his village needs him more than anyone else, He realizes that with his modern education he can uplift his backward village. During one of his attempt to solve the village's problem he meets village belle, Gehna (Tabu). By a twist of destiny, Shakti has to marry Gehna in order to save her from disgrace. Anita returns to find that nothing is the same anymore. She finds that, Shakti has turned from her lover boy to a mature and responsible family man, for whome his village's upliftment is everything. She returns home.

The film strongly depicts the true meaning of Education "A tool to uplift uneducated people and use education for social welfare".



National Award[edit]

Filmfare Awards[edit]

Virasat was nominated for nine categories at the Filmfare awards and won seven of them. The awards it won are in bold.


# Title Singer(s) Length
1 "Payalay Chunmun" Kumar Sanu, K. S. Chithra 06:50
2 "Tare Hain Barati" Kumar Sanu, Jaspinder Narula 06:33
3 "Jayengi Pee Ke" Abhijeet, Anuradha Sriram, Anu Sriram 06:31
4 "Ek Tha Raja" Hariharan 03:52
5 "Sun Mausa Sun" Vinod Rathod 06:45
6 "Dhol Bajne Laga" Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy 07:00
7 "Payalay Chunmun (Female)" K. S. Chithra 02:16


  1. ^ "Ravi reveals all". The Times of India. 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 

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