Dayavan (transl. The Compassionate) is a 1988 Bollywood action 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 a box office Super Hit and the film received critical acclaim. The film was most talked about for its passionate lovemaking scene between Vinod Khanna and Madhuri Dixit but there was more to the film than the kiss.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8] Vinod played the titular role who avenges the death of his father. The film is remembered for Vinod Khanna's powerful performance, which is considered to be one of his best.[9][10][11][12][13][14]

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)
Running time
175 minutes


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. Chahe Meri Jaan Tu Le Le was recreated in 2019 for Marjaavaan with vocals rendered by Tulsi Kumar and Jubin Nautiyal [15]

# 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

Box officeEdit

The film was declared a ‘super hit’ and the film was critically acclaimed for it’s story, soundtrack and the portrayal of the leading actor Vinod Khanna. Vinod Khanna is the titular hero who avenges the death of his father. The film is remembered for his powerful performance and is considered as one of his best performances. The lead actress Madhuri Dixit performance is praised.

Feroz Khan is also praised for his performance in Dayavan.


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