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Karam (2005)

Not Rated | | Action, Thriller | 11 March 2005 (India)
A guilt-ridden hitman quits his job after a traumatic killing but his former boss kidnaps his wife in order to make him do one last job.


Sanjay F. Gupta


Suparn Verma (story and screenplay)


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Credited cast:
John Abraham ... John
Priyanka Chopra ... Shalini (John's Wife)
Bharat Dabholkar ... Captain
Vishwajeet Pradhan ... Yunus
Shiney Ahuja ... ACP Wagh Pratap Singh
Anjan Srivastav ... DCP Patil
Bikramjeet Kanwarpal ... Sub Inspector Naik
Murli Sharma ... Kaif
Kanwar Pal Kanwar Pal
Rajesh Khera Rajesh Khera ... Bull
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aakash Aakash
Nitin Arora Nitin Arora ... Friendly Appearance
Pear Barsiwala Pear Barsiwala
Ashok Beniwal Ashok Beniwal
Pawan Chopra ... Major


This action-thriller follows John, an assassin working for a mobster named Captain. After killing an entire family, he is hit by the consequences of his actions and decides to quit his job. He starts life anew with his pregnant wife Shalini. Meanwhile, John's boss, Captain, is facing a threat from a rival don, Yunus. After being attacked, Captain decides to teach the city a lesson by killing the city's top industrialist, top film producer, the cop backing Yunus and Yunus himself; so that everyone else falls in line and no one dreams of becoming another Yunus. He decides that John must carry out this plan of his. To achieve this, he takes Shalini hostage. John is given 36 hours to kill the five targets on the hit list. Things get worse when the city's toughest cop Wagh traces John who is pressed for time and the body count is growing. Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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...all for love.


Action | Thriller


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Release Date:

11 March 2005 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie is Sanjay F Gupta's directorial debut movie. He had directed the advertisements and music videos. See more »


When John received his wife's finger it was a full finger but when he was talking to her on the phone after the song in the night club, she had a half cut finger on her hand. See more »


[first lines]
Shalini (John's Wife): John would laugh when I used to write my diary. He'd say the past is meant to be forgotten, not to be remembered. How can I forget the days I spent with him? I loved him dearly... though I knew he was a contract killer. I wish he hadn't picked up the gun for the first time, then perhaps...!
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Alternate Versions

For television broadcast, the film was given a U certificate (as opposed to its theatrical A certificate) after a lot of cuts in violence, a scene of sexual assault and some drug use were made. This version is also available on DVD and is some 7 minutes shorter than the original. See more »


References Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »


Tinka Tinka
Sung by Alisha Chinai (as Alisha Chinoy)
Composed by Vishal and Shekhar
Lyrics by Vishal and Irshad Kamil
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An underrated action thriller with a soul.
4 May 2019 | by Prashast_SinghSee all my reviews

Karam is indeed an impressive, dark action thriller that has a somewhat familiar-looking story of a hitman who wants to quit his job but as it unfolds, you realize it's not that simple as it might initially seem. Thanks to the DVD covers and many posters, most viewers would have thought of it as another Bollywood romance, which it isn't. Interlaced with sharp dialogues, stunning action sequences and powerful performances, Karam is a poetic actioner that has to be seen at least once in life.

If you are a fan of John Abraham and want to see how his earlier action roles were, this is indeed a good film to start with. A lot of set pieces have the Mission: Impossible feel to them and are brilliantly executed. It's absolutely jam-packed with action, and the drama that follows it along with some really good songs is also praiseworthy.

I really had no idea that the famous "Tinka Tinka Zara Zara" song is from this film!

Performance wise, everyone delivers. The casting couldn't have got any better than this. What's also surprising is that while the film has a fair share of violent action and mature themes, it has almost no profanity in it, which is great given the film's theme. Also, the visual work is at times impressive, especially in John's introductory sequence. Editing is top notch as the film runs just a little less than 2 hours. The characters are written in a way that you'll remember them for quite a time.

I feel this film is quite underrated. Critics bashed the film at the time of its release, and it wasn't a box office hit. Thankfully, viewers today are realizing the film's potential. On the whole, Karam is a terrific action thriller that has to be seen if you like action films and John Abraham. Plus, I would recommend seeing the uncut version first. It's available on internet, while the DVD version is cut.

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