Aatish: Feel the Fire

Aatish: Feel the Fire is a 1994 Indian Hindi-language action crime film directed by Sanjay Gupta in his directorial debut and starring Sanjay Dutt, Aditya Pancholi, Raveena Tandon, Karishma Kapoor and Atul Agnihotri in lead roles. The supporting cast includes Shakti Kapoor, Gulshan Grover, Kader Khan, Ajit, Tanuja and Ram Mohan.

Aatish: Feel the Fire
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Directed bySanjay Gupta
Written byKamlesh Pandey (dialogue)
Story byRobin Bhatt
Sujit Sen
Based on
Produced byG. P. Sippy, Vijay Sippy
StarringSanjay Dutt
Aditya Pancholi
Raveena Tandon
Karishma Kapoor
Atul Agnihotri
CinematographyNajeeb Khan
Edited byAfaq Hussain
Music byNadeem-Shravan
Distributed bySippy Films
Release date
  • 17 June 1994 (1994-06-17)
Running time
155 Minutes
Budget4 crore[1]
Box office12 crore[1]

The film marked Sanjay Gupta's directorial debut in Bollywood. The film reworks and combines elements from two earlier crime films, the Indian film Deewaar (1975)[2] and the Hong Kong action film A Better Tomorrow (1986).[3] Upon release, it grossed 123 million (equivalent to 690 million or US$8.6 million in 2020) at the Indian box office. It was remade into a Nepali film, Mahaan (2009), starring Biraj Bhatt.


Baba and Avinash are brothers who live in a shanty house with their widowed mother, who makes a living as a housemaid. When a stalker attempts to rape their mother, Baba knifes him to death, and the three, along with an orphan named Nawab, take shelter with an underworld don named Uncle. Baba would like Avinash to study and become a better person, and in order to do this, he decides to make crime his career. When Avinash completes his studies and wants to enroll himself in the police academy, Baba helps him monetarily by accepting his first contract killing. Avinash does complete his training at the police academy and soon becomes a police inspector. One of his first assignments is to be apprehended and arrest Baba and Nawab - much to his shock, as he had never associated his very own brother with having any criminal background. Avinash must now decide to proceed on with apprehending Baba and Nawab, or quit from the police force.



Aatish is a remake of Deewaar (1975), written by Salim–Javed, with Sanjay Dutt as the older criminal brother (inspired by Amitabh Bachchan's character in Deewaar), Atul Agnihotri as the younger police brother, and Tanuja as the mother. Aatish had a story "straight out of Deewar" but added a twist, with the mother supporting the criminal brother.[2] In addition, Aatish also unofficially reworked elements of John Woo's Hong Kong film, A Better Tomorrow (1986).[3]


# Title Singer(s)
1 "Aa Aa Mere Dilruba" Kumar Sanu, Sapna Mukherjee
2 "Hasratein Hain Bahut Magar" Kumar Sanu, Sadhana Sargam
3 "Kaash Tum Mujhse Ek Baar Kaho" Kumar Sanu
4 "Khaate Hain Hum Kasam" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik
5 "Dil Dil Dil Main Tere Pyar Mein" Jolly Mukherjee, Alka Yagnik
6 "Ya Mustafa" but change to "Ya Dillruba" Jolly Mukherjee, Mukul Aggarwal, Alka Yagnik (Resulted in riots due to usage of the word "Mustafa")
7 "Baarish Ne Aag Lagayi" not included Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik
8 "Dheela Pajama" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik



  1. ^ a b "Aatish: Feel the Fire – Movie". Box Office India.
  2. ^ a b Chaudhuri, Diptakirti (2015). Written by Salim-Javed: The Story of Hindi Cinema's Greatest Screenwriters. Penguin Books. p. 245. ISBN 9789352140084.
  3. ^ a b Peirse, Alison (2013). Korean Horror Cinema. Edinburgh University Press. p. 190. ISBN 9780748677658.

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