A doctor must operate on a convicted murderer who is destined for the gallows. Running parallel to the medical drama are flashbacks to the events that led the highly-respected army officer to commit murder.

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Complete credited cast:
Vinod Khanna ...
Major Ranjeet Khanna
Om Shivpuri ...
Dr. Chaudhary
Lily Chakravarty ...
Pushpa Bakshi / Pushpa R. Khanna (as Lily Chakraborty)
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Nurse Radha
Iftekhar ...
Colonel Bakshi
Kamaldeep ...
S.P. Gupta (as Kamal Deep)
Ravi Raaj ...
Baby Pinky ...
Baby girl in the train
Vimal Sahu ...
(as Inderjit)
Bihari Khare
Somender
Shridhar Naik
Vijay Sharma ...
Chottu
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Dr. Kailash
Keshto Mukherjee ...
Man in the train
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Dr. Chaudhary must perform multiple surgeries on Major Ranjeet Khanna, who was shot by the Police while trying to escape from custody after killing his wife, Pushpa, and her lover, Prakash. Chances of Ranjeet's recovery are very slim, if he does recover, he could end up mentally unstable or paralyzed. In the event he does recover, the medical staff's efforts would be in vain as he has already been found guilty and sentenced to be hanged. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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The film was partially inspired by the real life case of K.M. Nanavati, a respected officer in the Indian Navy who shot his wife's lover in 1959. The case received unprecedented media coverage. See more »

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One of the most thought provoking Anti war movie of all time!!
4 January 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Achnak tells the story of a soldier who returns home as a war hero. However unfortunate events unfold in his life and he is pushed to use the actions he was once taught in the army to defeat the enemy, on his loved ones. Yet the burden of his actions is too heavy to live with and he takes drastic steps to seek redemption. These actions bring him close to a horrendous death and from thereon he gets a grip on himself and tries to start afresh. The film belongs completely to the writer/director Gulzar. His direction and storytelling skills are at a zenith and there are numerous scenes that work at different levels and that stays with the viewers for a long time. The doctor's dilemmas have been presented effectively and army tactics used by Vinod Khanna bring in a realistic touch to the film. But above all, its the anti - war message that the film gives that hits home the most. The soldier who made a name killing people in the war reverts to the same actions in civil life when he comes across unforeseen events. He does not think about the aftermath and in fact starts getting haunted by his awards and medals. This is the most intelligent film making regarding a sensitive issue. Vinod Khana performs well but the supporting cast including Om Shivpuri, Iftikhar, Farida Jalal, Asrani, all deliver as well. There are no songs although songs as a means of sending messages have been used wisely. All in all, Achanak is a thorough classic film that would make anyone associated with it mighty proud. The film has got a timeless attraction and is as much relevant to the modern India as it was thirty five years ago.


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