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Damini – Lightning is a 1993 Indian crime drama film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi starring Meenakshi Seshadri in the title role alongside Sunny Deol, Rishi Kapoor, Amrish Puri, Tinu Anand, Paresh Rawal in pivotal roles and Aamir Khan in a special appearance. The story is of how a woman fights against society for justice. The film is considered to be one of the best woman-centric films ever made in Bollywood.

Directed byRajkumar Santoshi
Produced byAly Morani
Karim Morani
Bunty Soorma
Written byRajkumar Santoshi Sutanu Gupta (Story)
StarringMeenakshi Sheshadri
Sunny Deol
Rishi Kapoor
Vijayendra Ghatge
Rohini Hattangadi
Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Amrish Puri
Paresh Rawal
Tinu Anand
Music byNadeem-Shravan
Sameer (Lyrics)
CinematographyIshwar Bidri
Edited byV. N. Mayekar[1]
Release date
30 April 1993
Running time
176 minutes
Box office117.5 million (US$1.7 million)[2]

Besides being critically acclaimed, the film became the sixth highest grossing of the year and was declared a "hit" at Box Office India.[2] Damini – Lightning is mostly remembered for Meenakshi Seshadri's best career performance and it is also memorable for Sunny Deol's role as an advocate and gained him a Filmfare as well as National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for 1993. It strengthened his Bollywood he-man image. His dialogue in the film "Tarikh pe tarikh" (date after date) became iconic and a pop-culture reference.[3] The film was a milestone in the careers of Meenakshi Sheshadri, Sunny Deol and Amrish Puri, who gave some great hits like Ghayal and Ghatak: Lethal together. Aamir Khan acted in a special appearance in the stage show dance song. Damini – Lightning was remade into Oriya as Nari Nuhne Tu Narayani, starring Sidhanta Mohapatra and Rachana Banarjee. It was remade into Tamil as Priyanka, starring Revathi as the title character. Box Office India declared the film a hit. This film was remade in Bangladesh as Sottyer Bijoy, starring Manna and Moushumi, directed by F.I. Manik. The rights of the movie are now owned by Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment.[4]



Shekhar Gupta (Rishi Kapoor), a rich businessman, falls in love at first sight with Damini (Meenakshi Sheshadri). They get married and Damini moves into his luxurious bungalow. On Holi day, she witnesses Shekhar's younger brother, Rakesh (Ashwin Kaushal) and his friends, raping the maid-servant Urmi (Prajakta) and rushes to tell Shekhar. Shekhar rushes over to prevent the sexual assault but is too late. The Gupta family conspire to cover up this shameful incident. But Damini decides to inform the police. The matter is taken up in court and Damini is asked to testify. Damini is portrayed as a mentally unstable person and confined in a mental institution for two weeks by a judicial order. Unable to bear the mental torture in the institution, she escapes and runs into a down-and-out alcoholic lawyer, Govind (Sunny Deol), who has the rape case re-opened. Urmi dies in hospital and the police write her death off as a suicide. But Govind is able to prove otherwise. It is up to Damini, Govind and Shekhar to provide justice to the victimised girl.



Film reviewer Pranay Bhagat wrote: "If there is one modern film which signifies the importance of truth it has to be Damini. Though the movie is more remembered for the dialogues of Sunny Deol and his confrontational scenes with Amrish Puri, I feel the movie should also be appreciated for a tight bound script, the wonderfully directed courtroom scenes, good background music as well as a career best performance from Meenakshi."[6]



The soundtrack of this movie was composed by the music duo Nadeem Shravan. The lyrics were written by Sameer. The song "Gawah Hain Chand Taare Gawah Hai" is based on the Swahili folk song "Malaika".[7]

No Title Singer(s)
1 "Jab Se Tumko Dekha Hai Sanam" Kumar Sanu, Sadhana Sargam
2 "Gawah Hain Chand Taare Gawah Hai" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik
3 "Bin Sajan Jhoola Jhoolu" Kumar Sanu, Sadhana Sargam
4 "Sacha Aashiq Hai To" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik
5 "Kaga To Udd Gaya" Alka Yagnik



  1. ^ Damini
  2. ^ a b Box Office 1993 Box Office India.
  3. ^ "Tribune India - Tarikh pe tarikh".
  4. ^ "Red Chillies Official Website".
  5. ^ Damini Bollywood Hungama.
  6. ^ "Pranay Bhagat Review".
  7. ^ Srinivasan, Karthik (8 January 2019). "How Bappi Lahiri and Nadeem-Shravan Ripped Off A Famous African Song To Make Two Hindi Versions". Film Companion. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  8. ^ Awards IMDB.

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