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Dastak (1996 film)

Dastak (English: Knock) is a 1996 Hindi language Indian feature film directed by Mahesh Bhatt, starring Sushmita Sen in her debut film supported by Mukul Dev with Sharad Kapoor as the villain.

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Directed byMahesh Bhatt
Produced byMukesh Bhatt
Written byVikram Bhatt,
Sachin Bhowmick (script doctoring)
StarringSushmita Sen
Mukul Dev
Sharad Kapoor
Bhavna Datta
Manoj Bajpayee
Vishwajeet Pradhan
Tiku Talsania
Music byRajesh Roshan
CinematographyBhooshan Patel
Edited byWaman Bhonsle
Vishesh films
Release date
  • 29 November 1996 (1996-11-29)
Running time
135 min.
BudgetRs 3 Crores



Dastak is the story of a mentally unstable genius (Sharad Kapoor) and his obsession for Miss Universe (Sushmita Sen). Sharad is so obsessed with Sushmita that he starts killing her near and dear ones in order to get to her. Eventually, he kidnaps Sushmita and takes her to a distant isolated island in the Seychelles. There, he makes her life miserable. Sushmita tries every trick to get out of this hell. But ultimately, everything falls apart. Sushmita tries to reform Sharad by telling him that he should face his problems rather than inflicting the same physical and mental pain (that he went through in his childhood) on other people. But Sharad refuses to listen and amend his ways. In the climax, he tries to kill Sushmita because she does not love him. At the end, Sushmita kills Sharad in self-defense. She writes a self-help book and dedicates it to people like Sharad.



The album was composed by Rajesh Roshan with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. All the songs were very popular and singers Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Abhijeet and Alka Yagnik rendered their voices in the album.

1 "Tumhe Kayse Main Bataoon" Abhijeet
2 "Tumhe Kayse Main Bataoon (version 2)" Abhijeet
3 "Jaadu Bhari" Udit Narayan
4 "Milne Se Pehle" Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy
5 "Piya Piya" Hema Sardesai
6 "Pal Beet Gaya" Kumar Sanu & Alka Yagnik
7 "Sheeshay Se" Kumar Sanu


The film could not gain impressive first week collections, even though its common review was "engrossing in second half." The film flopped.


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