Arjun (1985 film)

Arjun is a 1985 Indian Hindi-language action film directed by Rahul Rawail and starring Sunny Deol and Dimple Kapadia. The film was a success and was declared as a 'Super Hit' by the box office. The film was later remade in Tamil as Sathyaa, in Telugu as Bharatamlo Arjunudu and in Kannada as Sangrama.[1]

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Original Promotional Poster
Directed byRahul Rawail
Written byJaved Akhtar
Produced byKarim Morani
Sunil Soorma
StarringSunny Deol
Dimple Kapadia
Raj Kiran
Prem Chopra
Anupam Kher
CinematographyBaba Azmi
Edited byDilip Kotalgi
Music byR. D. Burman
Distributed byEros Entertainment
Release date
  • 20 April 1985 (1985-04-20)

The film is about a young educated but unemployed man named Arjun Malvankar (Sunny Deol) from a lower middle class Maharashtrian family in Mumbai. He has a group of friends who are also unemployed. They are all frustrated with the system that thrives on corruption and exploitation of the weak.

Arjun's father is a simple man and has surrendered to living a poor man's life without confronting any problems. His wife, Shashi Kala, is his second wife who despises Arjun and constantly taunts him for being unemployed and useless. Arjun unintentionally gets embroiled with local gangsters who are affiliated with the local MP and from thereon joins a rival politician to expose the corrupt local MP. However, he soon discovers the murky world of politics and realizes that he is just being used as a pawn by politicians for their selfish interests. The rights to this film are owned by Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment.[2] Sukanya Verma of called it Deol's best action film.[3]


Unemployed but tolerant and kind hearted Arjun Malvankar (Sunny Deol) stays in the suburbs of Bombay with his father and step mother and step sister. Mr. Malvankar (A.K. Hangal) still works at an old age to make both ends meet.

One day, Arjun beats up a group of ruffians who are thrashing a poor man for not paying extortion taxes. With this incident, Arjun's life changes. Arjun invokes the wrath of the local goon, who orders more people to go and beat him, but this time he is assisted by five of friends, Arjun beats them up badly and sends them back. The goons warn Arjun's parents to advise him against his activities, lest he gets himself killed. Arjun is arrested but let off with a warning by the cops. However, a new inspector, Ravi Rane (Raj Kiran), notes that Arjun is actually doing the right thing. He later falls in love with Arjun's sister.

Arjun is approached by Geeta (Dimple Kapadia), a journalist who asks him for a favour which he obliges, and after which they both fall in love with each other.

The minister Deen Dayal Trivedi (Prem Chopra), who is behind all illegal activities in the city, and who is also supporting the don, gets to know of Arjun. He thinks that Arjun is working for his rival Shiv Kumar Chowgule (Anupam Kher), whose party is trying to get nominated for the upcoming elections, and orders that he and his friends should be eliminated. The gang attacks and kills one of Arjun's friends, Mohan (Satyajeet), in public. Though Arjun tries his best, no one comes forward to give witness to the murder out of fear, because of which the killers are left free. Arjun goes and beats up the killers till he is stopped by police.

Now Arjun is approached by Shiv Kumar Chowgule and his right-hand man, Babu Ram (Annu Kapoor), but is simply turned down. Soon Arjun's family kicks him out of the house, and with nowhere to go, he agrees to go with Chowgule, thinking that the latter is an honest and upright person trying to eliminate the wicked Trivedi and all his activities in the city. With Arjun to help him, Chowgule destroys all of Trivedi's activities. He breaks up Trivedi's Matka den operated by his trusted aides, Anoop (Paresh Rawal). He also manages to lay hold of Anand Patkar (Shafi Inamdar), a wealthy alcoholic who is part of the nomination committee for elections and on Trivedi's side. The enraged Trivedi orders Anoop to murder Anand, which he does but unfortunately gets caught red handed by police.

The film takes a twist when Arjun sees that Chowgule has joined hands with Trivedi and that none of the evidence he collected has really been published anywhere, as promised by Chowgule. He realizes that the politician is a corrupt person who was using him for his own gains. The car and house given to Arjun are also confiscated.

Frustrated and angered, Arjun goes to fight the politicians at their speech rally but is simply thrown out. At home with Geeta, Arjun is visited by his father, who tells him that all his life he has borne wrongdoings and injustice. He blesses his son, telling him that he is with him in the fight against injustice.

The film then reaches its climax, where Arjun breaks into Trivedi's house and beats him up, then proceeds to Chowgule's mansion, where he beats up the politician and takes away all the files and evidence of both Chowgule's and Trivedi's bad activities. However, wounded Chowgule orders his men to chase Arjun and kill him. Arjun is now on the run in the empty streets of Bombay at night, with goons hot on his heels. They manage to shoot him a couple of times, but Arjun still runs. He manages to evade them, causing their vehicles to crash, until finally he kills the last goon and arrives at Inspector Ravi's Police station, where he collapses and gives him the evidence. Chowgule and Trivedi are finally arrested.

The film ends with Ravi giving Arjun a thumbs up in hospital.



The music of this film was composed by R. D. Burman. The background music, especially during the action scenes was very catchy and was used for several other movies. The song "Mammaiya Kero Mamma" was very popular.

Javed Akhtar had written the lyrics.

Song Singer
"Mammaiya Kero Mamma" Shailendra Singh
"Bhuri Bhuri Aankhonwala" Lata Mangeshkar
"Munni Pappu Aur Chunnum" Asha Bhosle
"Dhadkan Pal Pal Badhti Jaaye" Asha Bhosle

Award nominationsEdit

33rd Filmfare Awards


  1. ^ Arunachalam, Param (2020). BollySwar: 1981 - 1990. Mavrix Infotech. p. 533. ISBN 9788193848227.
  2. ^ "Red Chillies Official Website". Archived from the original on 6 October 2016.
  3. ^ Verma, Sukanya (4 September 2014). "Classic Revisited: Arjun, Sunny Deol's BEST action film". Retrieved 21 August 2017.

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