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Chaahat (1996 film)

Chaahat (transl. Desire) is a 1996 Bollywood romantic musical film by director Mahesh Bhatt. The cast of this film is Shah Rukh Khan, Pooja Bhatt, Naseeruddin Shah, Ramya Krishna and Anupam Kher. Shah Rukh Khan acquired the rights of this film from Mahesh Bhatt in October 2013 under the banner, Red Chillies Entertainment.[3]

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Directed byMahesh Bhatt
Produced byRobin Bhatt
Viral Lakhia
Written byRobin Bhatt
Akash Khurana
Javed Siddiqui
StarringShah Rukh Khan
Pooja Bhatt
Naseeruddin Shah
Anupam Kher
Ramya Krishna
Music byAnu Malik
CinematographyAshok Behl
Edited byBharat Singh
Distributed byBhatt Productions
Release date
21 June 1996
Running time
146 mins
Budget5.25 crore (equivalent to 21 crore or US$3.1 million in 2018)[1]
Box office12.48 crore (equivalent to 51 crore or US$7.4 million in 2018)[2]


Roop Rathore (Shah Rukh Khan) is a singer in Rajasthan just like his father (Anupam Kher), who is now sick and needs immediate medical care in Bombay. One day, while he is singing at Ajay Narang's (Naseeruddin Shah) hotel, Ajay's sister Reshma (Ramya Krishnan) falls in love with Roop. Reshma is a spoiled girl and Ajay sees through all of her wishes. Unfortunately, Roop is in love with a doctor named Pooja (Pooja Bhatt). Meanwhile, Reshma is obsessed with Roop, and asks her brother to call him again to sing in their hotel. But when she sees that all the girls are flattered over Roop, she gets very angry and asks him to sing only for her now onwards. However, Roop prefers to work for the rival, Patel (Shri Vallabh Vyas) than take this offer. Ajay's obsession with keeping his sister happy at all costs comes into play and Patel is brutally beaten by him until he agrees to throw Roop out of his hotel. Desperately in need of money for his father's operation, Roop has no option but to agree with Reshma. Roop breaks up with Pooja.

The operation of his father is successful, but his father is saddened by his situation and decides to leave Bombay. Roop later tries to leave Bombay himself, along with his father and Pooja, but his plans are interrupted when Reshma tries to commit suicide. Nevertheless, Pooja and Roop get married. Frustrated with such a turn of events, Reshma and her brother Ajay devise many plans to make their lives miserable. he puts Roop's father on a gallows with Roop on his feet, leaves with Pooja and asks Roop to save Pooja or his father. Roop's father kicks Roop, sacrificing himself so that he could save Pooja. Roop crashes into Ajay's party where Pooja is also held strapped. While in the fight, Reshma brings Pooja and threatens to kill Pooja if Roop won't stop fighting with her brother. Ajay tries to shoot Roop, but Pooja, who just sees him, pushes Roop and Reshma gets shot, getting killed. Narang is left in a shocked and catatonic state, while Roop and Pooja escape.



The music of the album was composed by Anu Malik. Songs like "Chaahat Na Hoti" and "Nahi Lagta" became famous.

1."Dil Ki Tanhai Ko"Nida FazliKumar Sanu07:27
2."Chaahat Na Hoti"Nida FazliVinod Rathod, Alka Yagnik08:04
3."Daddy Cool"Maya GovindSudesh Bhonsle, Devang Patel08:22
4."Kabhi Dil Se Kam Mohabbat"Nida FazliKumar Sanu, Sadhana Sargam05:23
5."Nahi Lagta"Nida FazliUdit Narayan, Alka Yagnik06:57
6."Tumne Dikhaye Aise Sapne"NeerajVinod Rathod06:40
7."Nahin Jeena Yaar Bina"Dev KohliKavita Krishnamurthy, Udit Narayan05:54
Total length:48:47

Box officeEdit

Chaahat grossed 11.61 crore (US$1.7 million) in India and $250,000 (87.50 lakh) in other countries, for a worldwide total of 12.48 crore (US$1.8 million), against its 5.25 crore (US$760,000) budget. It had a worldwide opening weekend of 2.99 crore (US$430,000), and grossed 5.16 crore (US$750,000) in its first week.[2] It is the 14th-highest-grossing film of 1996 worldwide.[4]


It opened on Friday, 21 June 1996, across 190 screens, and earned 61 lakh (US$88,000) nett on its opening day. It grossed 1.77 crore (US$260,000) nett in its opening weekend, and had a first week of 3.05 crore (US$440,000) nett. The film earned a total of 6.87 crore (US$990,000) nett, and was declared "Below Average" by Box Office India.[2] It is the 15th-highest-grossing film of 1996 in India.[5]


It grossed $250,000 (87.50 lakh) outside India.[2] Overseas, It is the 4th-highest-grossing film of 1996.[6]

'Chaahat' worldwide collections breakdown
Territory Territory wise Collections break-up
India Nett Gross:
6.87 crore (US$990,000)
Distributor share:
3.46 crore (US$500,000)
Total Gross:
11.61 crore (US$1.7 million)
(Outside India)
$250,000 (87.50 lakh)
Worldwide 12.48 crore (US$1.8 million)


  1. ^ "Chaahat Budget". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Archived from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Chaahat Box office". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Archived from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Shah Rukh Khan acquires rights of his film 'Chahat' from Mahesh Bhatt". Indian Express. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Top Worldwide Grossers 1996". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Top India Total Nett Gross 1996". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Top Overseas Gross 1996". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.

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