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A scrupulously honest cop refuses kidnappers' demands at grave risk to the life of his son. The son is rescued but lives forever scarred by his father's willingness to sacrifice his own son... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
DCP Ashwini Kumar
Rakhee Gulzar ...
K. D. Narang
J.K. 'JK' Verma
Vikas Anand ...
Inspector Sudhakar
Jagdish Raj
Chandrashekhar ...
Senior Police Officer (as Chandra Shekhar)
Neiraj Bhalla ...
(as Niraj)
Murli Sharma ...
(as Murli)
Master Ravi ...
Young Vijay A. Kumar
Dalip Tahil ...
Ganpat Rai (as Dilip Tahil)
Goga Kapoor ...


A scrupulously honest cop refuses kidnappers' demands at grave risk to the life of his son. The son is rescued but lives forever scarred by his father's willingness to sacrifice his own son for the sake of his principles. This works out to devastating effect when the son grows up to be a Mafia don, and his father is assigned the job of bringing him in. Written by joyojeet <>

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22 September 1982 (India)  »

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(1989 video release)

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Raakhee, who was Amitabh's co-star in many movies, played his mother though she is younger to him in real life, Surprisingly she played his co-star in the same year in Bemisaal (1982). See more »


DCP Ashwini Kumar: [answering ransom demand over the phone] Yeshwant is a criminal, and I am a police officer... I cannot let him go.
K. D. Narang: Do you understand what this could mean?
DCP Ashwini Kumar: Yes... I understand that right now my son's life is in your hands...
[conflicted pause]
DCP Ashwini Kumar: Kill him. Kill him. You can kill him, but I won't misuse my badge. No matter what you do, do you guys hear me? No matter what you do I will never violate my duty, ever.
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Referenced in Special 26 (2013) See more »


Manghi Thee Ik Dua Jo Qabool Ho Gai
Performed by Mahendra Kapoor
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Music on H.M.V.
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Bachchan and Kumar lose to Rakhee
9 May 2010 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Ramesh Sippy's 'Shakti' follows the tried and tested clichéd formula of a cop drama. In a way it's like Yash Chopra's 'Deewar' except that this time it is between father and son instead of two brothers. The execution is quite poor but not as bad as most of the 80's mainstream cinema. The cinematography is flat and the editing is terrible. 'Shakti' is one of those films that REALLY needed strong editing. The movie drags on and on for hours when it could have easily been tightened.

Amitabh Bachchan is stiff and downright bad in many scenes, especially in the final sequence which is unintentionally hilarious. His best scenes are those with Rakhee and Smita Patil (minus the drunken sequence - which was another example of bad acting). For the most part, Dilip Kumar does the best with what he's given but he too has his moments of bad acting. In all fairness to him, his role itself was terribly written. Amrish Puri and Kulbushan Kharbanda are quite. Smita Patil's Roma isn't much of a challenge for a good actress but Patil plays her with grace, poise and sincerity.

Rakhee is a revelation. She was known in the 80s for playing the typical mother roles but in 'Shakti' she is the only actor who manages to draw sympathy from the viewer. A mother and wife so torn between her husband and son that it takes a serious toll on her health but even that doesn't resolve the conflict between Ashwini and Vijay. The actress downplays her part with élan and this is perhaps one of her best and most underrated performance.

To sum it up, 'Shakti' is a poorly made movie. The story is filled with plot holes. It has two beautiful songs, namely 'Huumne Sanam Ko Khat Likha' and 'Jaane Kaisa Kab', that are well visualized. However, it leaves a lot to be desired.

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