Daraar is a 1996 Indian romantic psychological thriller film directed by Abbas-Mustan starring Juhi Chawla, Rishi Kapoor and Arbaaz Khan in his film debut. Khan received the Filmfare Best Villain Award for his portrayal as a possessive husband. The film was a moderate box office success and was inspired by the 1991 American psychological thriller film Sleeping with the Enemy.[1]

Directed byAbbas–Mustan
Produced bySujit Kumar
Written byAdesh K. Arjun (dialogues)
Sachin Bhowmick (story, screenplay)
StarringJuhi Chawla
Arbaaz Khan
Rishi Kapoor
Music bySandeep Chowta
Anu Malik
CinematographyThomas A. Xavier
Edited byHussain A. Burmawala
Shree Shivbhakti Films,
Venus Records & Tapes
Distributed byEros Entertainment
Release date
5 July 1996


Vikram (Arbaaz Khan) is an overly doubting and abusive husband. He can't control his anger and rage and he continuously beats his new wife, Priya (Juhi Chawla). Even going to the point of murdering a doctor that treated Priya and was trying to help her mother. One day, Vikram and Priya go to celebrate her birthday on a boat. But the boat gets stuck in a storm and Priya escapes during the mayhem. Vikram thinks that she drowned. Instead, she runs away to Shimla by swimming back to shore.

There, she meets Raj Malhotra (Rishi Kapoor). He falls in love with her, but she always is getting farther away from him. Later, when she gets sick of him following her, she asks her mother what she should do. Her mother asks her to reveal to him the truth about her marriage. Then it will be his choice to accept her or not. Priya writes him a letter about her past life. She asks Hari (Johnny Lever) to give it to Raj. Hari misplaces the letter and gets someone to write a new one. Raj gets this other letter which contains nothing but a poem. When he finds out she is married, he leaves her. After Hari finds the original letter, he gives it to Raj. Raj falls in love with Priya again and decides to marry her.

One day, Vikram sees Priya's picture in the newspaper and finds out that she is alive. He cancels his ticket for Goa and goes to Shimla. In Shimla, he searches for her. On finding that she is getting married, he tries to kill Raj but fails. So he sends Raj to prison instead. Later, he goes to Priya's house and kills her friend and attempts to kill Priya as well.

In the climax, Vikram gets into a fight with Raj, while Raj was trying to save Priya from being killed by Vikram. Raj drowns Vikram in a bathtub full of water. While Vikram supposedly dies, Raj and Priya ran to a nearby rail station. Vikram attacks them again and pushes Raj. There, Vikram's feet get stuck on a railway track as he was chasing Priya. Seeing this, Priya tries to save Vikram as a train is approaching them fast. She tells him to move and runs to save him. Seeing Priya's love for him despite his abusive behaviour, he pushes her away just before a train hits him saying "You are free".


Actors/Actresses Roles from the original
Juhi Chawla Julia Roberts
Rishi Kapoor Kevin Anderson
Arbaaz Khan Patrick Bergin
Sulbha Arya Elizabeth Lawrence
Shiva Rindani Kyle Secor
Supporting Actors
Johny Lever
Razak Khan
Sushma Seth
Tiku Talsania
Dinesh Hingoo
Sheela Sharma
Dinyar Contractor
Amrit Patel
Dinyaar Tirandaaz


Music was directed by Anu Malik.

Song Singer Picturised on Lyrics
"Aisi Mili Nigahen" Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik Rishi Kapoor and Juhi Chawla Rani Malik
"Deewana Deewana" Abhijeet and Sadhana Sargam Arbaaz Khan and Juhi Chawla Rahat Indori
"Ek Ladki Mera Naam" Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik Rishi Kapoor and Juhi Chawla Rahat Indori
"Maine Kaha Chal" Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik Rishi Kapoor and Juhi Chawla Hasrat Jaipuri
"Tera Chand Chehra" Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik sound track not featured in film Shaheen Iqbal
"Tuhe Meri Manzil" Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik sound track not featured in film Rahat Indori
"Main Hi Main" Shankar Mahadevan and Alka Yagnik sound track not featured in film Majrooh Sultanpuri
"Yeh Pyar Pyar Kya Hai" Abhijeet and Kavita Krishnamurthy Rishi Kapoor and Juhi Chawla Rahat Indori

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