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Dayavan (English: The Compassionate) is a 1988 Hindi gangster film directed by Feroz Khan. It is a remake of the 1987 Tamil film Nayakan. The film stars Vinod Khanna, Feroz Khan and Madhuri Dixit in lead roles with Aditya Pancholi in an important role. Film was declared " Hit " at the box office.

Dayavan: Truth is Power
Promotional poster
Directed byFeroz Khan
Produced byFeroz Khan
G. Venkateswaran
Story byMani Ratnam
StarringVinod Khanna
Madhuri Dixit
Feroz Khan
Aditya Pancholi
Music byLaxmikant Pyarelal
CinematographyKamal Bose
Edited byFeroz Khan
Release date
  • 29 September 1988 (1988-09-29)



After having witnessed his dad being killed by the local police, and being orphaned and homeless, Shakti Velu develops a hatred and distrust of the police in India. He is befriended by another homeless boy named Shanker, who asks him to accompany him to Bombay's slums, where they live with a kind-hearted Muslim named Karim Baba, and his daughter, Shama. This is where Shakti and Shankar spend their childhood. When they mature, they take to petty crime. Here too, Shakti witnesses police brutality and atrocities, especially at the hands of sadistic, alcoholic, and womanizing Police Inspector Ratan Singh. When Karim Baba is arrested, jailed, and found hanging by his neck in police custody, Shakti hunts down Ratan Singh, and kills him in broad daylight in front of several hundred people. An investigation is launched, but no one comes forward as a witness. Thus Shakti gets his reputation as a Don with a good heart i.e., Dayavan. Shakti marries local prostitute, Neelu, and has two children, Suraj and Sarita. He becomes even more powerful and influential all over Bombay, and his working partners are powerful criminal dons who have ruled over Bombay for eons. Shakti eventually replaces these dons, and becomes Bombay's only Don. This creates enemies for him and his family, but he believes since he has not really done any harm to anyone, he and his family will be safe. It is this belief that will take a heavy toll on his life and that of his family, when the truth dawns that he, himself, is responsible for being kind to a man, who will ultimately bring forward ruin to the Velu family.



The soundtrack is available on T-Series, and is composed by veteran music directors Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The hit song "Aaj Phir Tum Pe" was recreated in 2014 for the film Hate Story 2, with vocals rendered by Arijit Singh.

# Title Singer(s) Lyric
1 "Aaj Phir Tum Pe" Pankaj Udhas, Anuradha Paudwal Aziz Qaisi
2 "Kahe Saiyan Teri Meri Baat" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik Aziz Qaisi
3 "Dil Tera Kisne Toda" Mohammad Aziz Indeewar
4 "Diwani Tum Jawanon Ki" Jolly Mukherjee, Sapna Mukherjee, Mohammad Aziz Indeewar
5 "Chahe Meri Jaan Tu Le Le" Jolly Mukherjee, Sapna Mukherjee Indeewar


Dayavan is a remake of the Tamil film Nayakan (1987), itself based on the life of gangster Varadarajan Mudaliar.[1]

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer (Male)- Muhammad Aziz for "Dil Tera"


  1. ^ Rangan, Baradwaj (2012). Conversations with Mani Ratnam. Penguin Books. p. 118. ISBN 8184756909.

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