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Darr: A Violent Love Story (Hindi: डर: एक हिंसक प्रेम कहानी - English: Fear) is a 1993 Indian romantic thriller film directed and produced by Yash Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films. The film stars Sunny Deol, Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla while Anupam Kher, Tanvi Azmi, and Dalip Tahil appear in supporting roles.

Darr: A Violent Love Story
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Hindi: डर: एक हिंसक प्रेम कहानी
Directed byYash Chopra
Produced byYash Chopra
Written byHoney Irani
Javed Siddiqui
StarringSunny Deol
Shah Rukh Khan
Juhi Chawla
Music byShiv-Hari
CinematographyManmohan Singh
Edited byKeshav Naidu
Distributed byYash Raj Films
Release date
  • 24 December 1993 (1993-12-24)
Running time
177 minutes
Budget3.25 crore[1]
Box officeest.21.31 crore[1]

The film was well received by critics and audiences, and was declared a "blockbuster" at the domestic as well as overseas box office. It has attained classic status over the years and is regarded as one of Chopra's best. Darr was later remade in Kannada as Preethse, in Tamil as Chinna and Odia as Criminal.[2][3][4]

Darr has won several accolades, including the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. The film received eight nominations at the 39th Filmfare Awards, including Best Director for Chopra, Best Actress for Chawla, Best Actor for Deol, and Best Villain for Khan, and won two awards, including Best Comedian for Kher.


The film begins with Kiran (Juhi Chawla), a beautiful and educated college student, returning home to her brother Vijay (Anupam Kher) and his wife Poonam (Tanvi Azmi) for Holi celebrations. She is being obsessively stalked along the way by Rahul (Shahrukh Khan), her classmate who has a crush on her. Kiran's boyfriend Sunil (Sunny Deol) is a Navy-Marine Commando officer and is on a mission to free a child hostage from some terrorists on the high seas. Sunil saves the child hostage. Sunil's Captain Mehra (Dalip Tahil) is also the father of Rahul. Rahul tries to be friendly with Sunil in order to be closer to Kiran.

When Kiran reaches home, she is continually stalked by Rahul on the phone. This causes much stress to herself and her family. He crashes Kiran's family's Holi celebrations incognito as a member of the band. Sunil asks Kiran to offer the band some money for their performance, where Rahul, veiled in Holi colours, whispers "I love you, K-K-K-Kiran" to Kiran, which disturbs her greatly and a foot chase ensues to find the hooligan who's invaded their house, but Rahul soon disappears into the crowd.

When Rahul receives the news of Kiran and Sunil's engagement, he tries to shoot and kill Sunil when the couple is out shopping for a wedding ring. He misses his aim and Sunil begins to chase him, from which Rahul narrowly escapes being recognized by Sunil.

Kiran and Sunil get married but Rahul still refuses to give up on Kiran. He defaces the newly married couple's home with graffiti declaring his love, causing more distress to them. To get away from the stalker, Sunil takes Kiran on a surprise honeymoon to Switzerland. Learning their location through devious means, Rahul turns up at their hotel in the Alps. Kiran recognizes him from college and the couple welcomes him to be part of their festivities. That very evening, Sunil finds out from Kiran's brother Vijay that Rahul is the one who has been Kiran's stalker all along. He sends Kiran away on a boat and confronts Rahul. Rahul tries to run, but Sunil catches up with him in a forest where they have a fight. Rahul stabs Sunil with a knife after feigning surrender and leaves him for dead. He then goes to the boat and tries to forcefully abduct Kiran, he wants to marry Kiran without her consent. But Sunil comes back and brutally beats him before shooting and killing him. Kiran and Sunil then return to India and reunite with their family.


Actor Character Description Notes
Juhi Chawla Kiran Awasthi/Malhotra Female Lead Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Sunny Deol Lieutenant Commander Sunil Malhotra Male Lead (Protagonist) Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Shah Rukh Khan Rahul Mehra Male Lead (Antagonist) Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role
Anupam Kher Vijay Awasthi Kiran's Elder Brother Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role
Tanvi Azmi Poonam Awasthi Kiran's Sister-In-Law and Vijay's Wife
Dalip Tahil Captain Avinash Mehra Rahul's Father and Sunil's Boss
Annu Kapoor Vikram Oberoi (Vicky) Rahul's Friend
Vikas Anand Dr. Ajay Gupta


Sanjay Dutt was the original choice of the role of antagonist Rahul, but Chopra was unable to finalize him because of his jail sentence due to illegal possession of arms. Sudesh Berry was then considered for the role, but was rejected after a screen test. Ajay Devgan Akshay kumar was offered the role of Rahul, but he couldn't accept due to other commitments.

Later on, Aamir Khan (who had worked on Chopra's Parampara) was cast as Rahul.[5] Khan later had other issues with the filming as he was not happy with the way Deol's character repeatedly punched his character in a fight sequence. He was further discontented when Chopra refused to give him and Deol a joint narration of the script.[6] Therefore, he ultimately opted out of the film altogether.

After Aamir Khan left the film. Shah Rukh Khan was cast as Rahul. Darr helped bring Shah Rukh Khan to stardom and he went onto feature in Chopra's every directorial venture after this film. Rishi Kapoor and Jackie Shroff were offered Sunil's role before Sunny Deol. Mithun Chakraborthy was also a strong contender for Sunil's role along with Rishi Kapoor and Jackie Shroff.

Nitish Bharadwaj was approached for Sunil's role after Rishi Kapoor and Jackie Shroff rejected the role. This is because of his immense popularity as Lord Krishna's role in B.R. Chopra's Mahabharat. But Nitish rejected the role claiming that the role is not as challenging as it would be.

The film's title Darr was suggested to Yash Chopra by Hrithik Roshan and Uday Chopra.[4]


The soundtrack for Darr was composed by the duo Shiv-Hari (Shiv Kumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia). It was the second best-selling Bollywood soundtrack album of the year.[7] The soundtrack album sold about 4.5 million units in India,[8] earning at least 10.8 crore (equivalent to 58 crore or US$8.5 million in 2018).[9] Rakesh Budhu of Planet Bollywood in his review gave the album 7.5 stars out of 10.[10]

Soundtrack album by
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelHMV Records
Shiv-Hari chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Planet Bollywood          [10]

All lyrics written by Anand Bakshi.

1."Jaadu Teri Nazar"Udit Narayan4:41
2."Darwaaza Band Karlo"Lata Mangeshkar, Abhijeet6:05
3."Tu Mere Saamne"Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan6:07
4."Ishq Da Bura Rog"Lata Mangeshkar, Vinod Rathod5:43
5."Solah Button"Lata Mangeshkar, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Pamela Chopra7:35
6."Likha Hai Ye In Hawaaon Pe"Lata Mangeshkar, Hariharan5:12
7."Ang Se Ang Lagana"Alka Yagnik, Vinod Rathod, Sudesh Bhosle, Devki Pandit6:49

Box officeEdit

At the domestic Indian box office, Darr was the third highest-grossing film of 1993, after Aankhen and Khalnayak, and was declared a blockbuster at the box office.[11] In India, it was released on 190 screens, with 19.96 million tickets sold. Its domestic gross was 19.73 crore, including a net income of 10.74 crore, which is equivalent to 184.4 crore (US$27 million) when adjusted for inflation.[1] Its domestic gross is equivalent to 339 crore (US$49 million) when adjusted for inflation.[a]

At the overseas box office, Darr was the year's highest-grossing Indian film of 1993, grossing $500,000 (1.58 crore).[12] Worldwide, it grossed 21.31 crore,[1] equivalent to 366 crore (US$53 million) when adjusted for inflation.[a]


Darr was remade in Kannada as Preethse, starring Upendra as Chandu (Rahul) Shiva Rajkumar as Surya (Sunil) and Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre playing Kiran.[13] The film also partially inspired the 2005 Tamil Chinna, starring Arjun Sarja and Sneha in lead roles. The Telugu film Tapassu also borrowed some scenes from Darr.

The teaser trailer of five-part web series Darr 2.0 was released on YouTube on August 30, 2016. It is to be a retelling of the film in a contemporary setting, portraying cyber-stalking and digital crimes. The web series is produced by Ashish Chopra under the banner of Y-Films and is directed by Vikash Chandra. Screenplay and dialogues are by Nikhil Taneja and Shubham Yogi.[14][15]



  1. ^ a b Inflation rate of 17.17 times: 10.74 crore domestic net equivalent to 184.4 crore (US$27 million).[1]


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    Music Director: Shiv-Harl
    Lyricist: Anand Bakshi
    Sales: 40 lakh tapes
    Value: Rs 10.8 crore
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