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Khal Nayak (1993)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 15 June 1993 (India)
A prison guard goes undercover as a dancer to try and recapture an escaped criminal and restore her police inspector boyfriend's reputation.


Subhash Ghai


Subhash Ghai, Ram Kelkar (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sanjay Dutt ... Balaram Prasad 'Ballu'
Madhuri Dixit ... Ganga (Gangotri Devi)
Jackie Shroff ... Inspector Ram Kumar Sinha
Rakhee Gulzar ... Aarti Prasad (as Raakhee)
Anupam Kher ... Ishwar Girdhar Pandey (jailor)
Ramya Krishnan ... Ballu's Mistress (as Ramya Krishna)
Pramod Moutho ... Roshan Mahanta (as Pramod Muthu)
Sushmita Mukherjee ... Mrs. Pandey
A.K. Hangal ... Shaukat Bhai
Neena Gupta ... Champa Didi
Mangal Dhillon Mangal Dhillon ... Iqbal
Ali Asgar ... Munna (as Ali Asghar)
Sudhir Dalvi ... Teacher (in song "O Maa, Tujhe Salam")
Ahmad Ansari Ahmad Ansari
Arun Bali


Ballu (Sanjay Dutt), a notorious, cunning, and unscrupulous criminal who's wanted by the police for a plethora of murders and thefts. Bright and ambitious Inspector Ram (Jackie Shroff) finally arrests him, only to have Ballu escape right under his nose. So Ram's lovely girlfriend Ganga (Madhuri Dixit) volunteers to go undercover, to trap Ballu and help restore Ram's reputation. Things get more complicated, however, when Ballu falls for her, and she finds that she isn't entirely immune to his charms. Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Khal Nayak was the first Hindi movie to do massive business theatrically in Canada and America. The collections on the opening weekend exceeded some Hollywood movies released around the same time. See more »


The police track the villain from an MS Word document screen. See more »


Ballu: I want to be the biggest villain.
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Referenced in No Problem (2010) See more »


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The terrorism of heroism

Like many of Bollywood movies from the pre-millienia era, themes of cause and effect are heavy factors in the reality of life in crime driven cities in the world. In this case the anti- hero (Ballu) played by Sanjay Dutt, intensely well. Many scenes seems to parable the realities of his life at that current time and perhaps the inner demons he faced.

In the world of crime, there are puppets and then there are puppeteers, poverty and "purposeful terrorism" in the name of business. Madurai Dixit plays her beautiful self, graceful and fiesty as always. Watch it to understand the cause and effect of crime in poverty driven societies and how we create the villains for our heroes. Perhaps it is the simplest definition of human archetype; conflict.

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Release Date:

15 June 1993 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Khal Nayak: The Villain See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Mukta Arts See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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