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Zakhm (1998)

Not Rated | | Drama | 15 December 1998 (India)
Amidst religious riots, a son deals with his mother's life-threatening injuries, and her last request.


Mahesh Bhatt


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ajay Devgn ... Ajay
Pooja Bhatt ... Mother
Sonali Bendre ... Sonia
Kunal Khemu ... Young Ajay
Akshay Anand ... Anand
Avtar Gill ... Isa
Sharat Saxena ... Jr. Inspector Pawar
Ashutosh Rana ... Subodh Malgaonkar
Madan Jain Madan Jain ... Anwar Hashmi
Saurabh Shukla ... Gurdayal Singh
Vishwajeet Pradhan ... Sr. Inspector Yadav
Amardeep Jha Amardeep Jha
Namrata Dhamija Namrata Dhamija ... Raman's wife
Zafar Karachiwala Zafar Karachiwala
Nagarjuna Akkineni ... Raman Desai (as Nagarjuna)


Mrs. Desai is a Bombay-based widow and lives with her singer son, Ajay, his pregnant wife Sonia, and a second son, Anand, who is currently involved in a right-wing organization run by Subodh Malgaonkar. Things take a turn for the worst when militants storm the Babri Masjid in Uttar Pradesh and demolish it. Anger runs high amongst the Muslim community which lead to riots, even in far-off Bombay. The Bombay police move quickly and a curfew is imposed in the more sensitive parts such as Mohammed Ali Road, Jogeshwari, and Dharavi. It is on this day that Mrs. Desai goes to offer prayers at her usual place of worship, and it is here that she will be attacked by militants, set ablaze, admitted to the Holy Family Hospital with more than 80% burns, and virtually no chance of surviving. Ajay must now deal with conflicts with Sonia, who wants to leave India, and re-locate to England, where she wants to give birth to her child without any constraints as to religion and caste, on one hand, and on ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Release Date:

15 December 1998 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Wound See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Mahesh Bhatt adopted the story line of the film into Television series Naamkaran directed by himself staring Reema Lagoo,Viraf Patel and Barkha Bisht. See more »


In the opening scenes, Ajay is composing on a piano, but we hear no piano music, even when he "plays" a tune for his wife. See more »


Ajay: NO religion of this world can stop a son for fulfilling his mother's last wish.
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Remade as Naamkarann (2016) See more »


Hum Yahan Tum Yahan Dil Jawan
Sung by Alka Yagnik
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
Music by M.M. Keeravani
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Some Pain Take Time to Heal.
22 June 2008 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

'Zakhm' is one of Mahesh Bhatt's most down-to-earth works to date. Rumour has it that the movie is based on Bhatt and his mother. Bhatt's attempt at storytelling is genuine but it does tend to get preachy towards the end and slightly derails. Yet, 'Zakhm' remains a moving experience mostly because of the performances, songs and rawness. The use of darker tinted colours only contributes to the film's gloominess and the characters' loneliness and desire.

Bhatt's daughter Pooja Bhatt produces and stars in 'Zakhm' giving her career-best performance. One may wonder why she didn't get any recognition for it. Incidentally this is Pooja Bhatt's last movie as female lead actress and Mahesh Bhatt's last as director. After that both Bhatts opted for production.

Ajay Devgan too delivers one of his best performances. This is perhaps the first film that got him recognized as a serious actor and a fortunate deviation from those horrible dishum-dishum action flicks he was better known for. Kunal Khemu is brilliant and Sonali Bendre has a graceful presence. Ashutosh Rana is okay.

The songs are beautiful and they wonderfully immerse with the narrative. My favourites are 'Par Likh Key', 'Maa Ney Kahaan' and 'Gali Mein Aaj Chand Nikla'. The soundtrack is very calming and it brings that effect in an otherwise dark intense film. 'Zakhm' is one of Bhatt's best works. 'Zakhm' may have ended up being a better film if Bhatt toned down on the preachy element and focused mainly on the mother's story. The fact that it released near the time of 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' may have lead it to go unnoticed but 'Zakhm' is a film that is worth the time.

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