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Zakhm poster.gif
Movie poster for Zakhm
Directed by Mahesh Bhatt
Produced by Mukesh Bhatt
Pooja Bhatt
Written by Girish Dhamija (dialogues)
Screenplay by Tanuja Chandra
Mahesh Bhatt
Story by Mahesh Bhatt
Starring Ajay Devgn
Pooja Bhatt
Sonali Bendre
Kunal Khemu
Akshay Anand
Music by M. M. Keeravani
Cinematography Nirmal Jani
Edited by Sanjay Sankla
Pooja Bhatt Productions
Release date
  • 25 December 1998 (1998-12-25)
Running time
126 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Zakhm (Devanagari: ज़ख़्म; English: wound) is a 1998 Indian Hindi drama film produced by Mukesh Bhatt for Pooja Bhatt Productions and directed by Mahesh Bhatt. The lead roles are played by Ajay Devgan, Pooja Bhatt, Sonali Bendre, Kunal Khemu and Nagarjuna, with music composed by M. M. Keeravani.[1] The film won the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.


Music director Ajay (Ajay Devgan) argues with his wife, Sonia (Sonali Bendre) over whether to give birth to their child in a foreign country or in India (because of the insecurity caused by the Mumbai riots).

Ajay soon learns that his mother (Pooja Bhatt) has been burned by a group of Muslim rioters while leaving a temple and is in critical condition. In flashback, the struggles which his mother had to undergo to raise her children are shown. She was in love with a Hindu film producer Raman Desai (Nagarjuna) but was not allowed to marry him on account of her Muslim faith. He marries her but does not document or acknowledge their marriage as it was done without any traditional upholdings. The fact that she had children with a Hindu man forces her to hide her faith and live her life as a Hindu, even in front of her son.

After his father's death, Ajay realises his mother is a Muslim. She makes him promise to bury her according to her faith when she dies, for it is only through a proper burial that she will be able to find herself reunited with her lover in heaven. Ajay's mother succumbs to the burns. Sonia learns about her mother-in-law's past life and decides not to leave Ajay. She stands by him and supports his decision to bury his mother. However, Ajay's task is impeded by a fundamentalist leader Subodhbhai (Ashutosh Rana) wanted to make this a political issue and encouraged the Hindu youth to kill Muslims. Anand (Akshay Anand) happens to be a youth leader and Ajay's brother. But when Anand comes to know about Subodhbhai's intentions, he stands by his brother's side to bury his mom as per Muslim faith. Her body is buried as she wished, and she reunites with Raman in heaven.



Film score by M. M. Keeravani
Released 1998
Genre Soundtrack
Length 34:40
Label HMV Audio

The music was composed by M. M. Keeravani with lyrics by Anand Bakshi. The soundtrack was released by the HMV Audio Company.

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Gali Mein Aaj Chaand Nikhla" Alka Yagnik 5:07
2. "Hum Yahan Tum Yahan (Male)" Kumar Sanu 4:52
3. "Maa Ne Kaha (Male)" M. M. Keeravani 2:48
4. "Padh Likh Ke" Alka Yagnik 4:35
5. "Hum Yahan Tum Yahan (Female)" Alka Yagnik 4:52
6. "Maa Ne Kaha (Female)" Chitra 2:47
7. "Raat Sari Bekaraari Mein" Alka Yagnik 5:04
8. "Maa Ne Kaha (Sad)" M. M. Kreem 1:29
9. "Gali Mein Aaj Chaand Nikhla (Sad)" Alka Yagnik 3:06
Total length: 34:40


National Film Awards

TV series[edit]

The story has been adapted into a TV series, named Naamkarann, airing on STAR Plus from September 2016.[3]


  1. ^ Khanna, Anish (25 December 1998). "Film Review - Zakhm". Planet Bollywood. Archived from the original on 5 November 2008. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Namrata, Nongpiur (21 May 2011). "10 National Award Winning Actors of Bollywood". Mens XP. Retrieved 1 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Singh, Anvita (28 July 2016). "Mahesh Bhatts TV show based on Zakhm to star Viraf Patel and Barkha Bisht?". India Today. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 

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