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Ghayal (English: Wounded) is a 1990 Indian Hindi-language action film starring Sunny Deol and Meenakshi Seshadri. The film was produced by Dharmendra and directed by Rajkumar Santoshi in his directorial debut. The film won seven Filmfare Awards, including the Best Movie award. Ghayal clashed with Aamir Khan's Dil. Ghayal did very well at the box office; it was rated a "Super Hit."[2] It was also the second highest grossing Bollywood film of 1990. Ghayal was remade in Tamil as Bharathan in 1992 with Vijaykanth and Bhanupriya in lead roles, in Telugu as Gamyam in 1998 with Srikanth and in Kannada as Vishwa with Shivarajkumar and Suchitra Krishnamurthy.[3] Sunny Deol received the National Film Award- Special Jury Award.

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Promotional Poster
Directed byRajkumar Santoshi
Produced byDharmendra
Written byRajkumar Santoshi
StarringSunny Deol
Meenakshi Seshadri
Raj Babbar
Moushmi Chatterjee
Amrish Puri
Music byBappi Lahiri
Cinematographykeshav Kothari
Edited byV. N. Nayekar
Distributed byVijayta Films
Release date
  • 22 June 1990 (1990-06-22)
Running time
163 minutes
Budget1.75 crore (equivalent to 13 crore or US$1.9 million in 2018)
Box office₹12.5 (equivalent to ₹91.62 in 2018)
(domestic gross)[1]

On 5 February 2016, a direct sequel titled Ghayal Once Again was released.


Amateur boxer Ajay Mehra (Sunny Deol) is living with his brother Ashok Mehra (Raj Babbar) and sister-in-law Indu Verma (Moushumi Chatterjee) in Mumbai. Ashok is a businessman who is facing some trouble at his company, but hides this from his wife and brother, Ajay. Later Ajay is sent to Bangalore for training.

One fine day Ajay gets a message that his brother is in Bangalore. When he reaches the hotel he finds that Ashok has already left without leaving any message for him. Later that day he receives a call from Ashok, who in an inebriated state, is trying to tell him something which has been troubling him for a long time but the phone cuts abruptly. When he returns from Bangalore, he finds that his brother is missing. His inquiries and a police complaint only lead him to frustration and violent outbursts. Some time later, he comes across Ashok's friend (Annu Kapoor), a drug addict, who reveals all the dark secrets.

Earlier when Ashok had faced losses in his business, a reputed businessman Balwant Rai (Amrish Puri) had come to his rescue. Balwant becomes a partner in Ashok's company and settles all the debts. This arrangement is in fact a cover for Balwant's illegal activities. Balwant routinely traps honest people to provide cover for his illegal business and Ashok is one of his innocent victims. Initially when Ashok resists, Balwant threatens him of dire consequences, but Ashok persists with his requests to shut down illegal trade. Later, Ashok collects evidence to frame Balwant and that's where the trouble starts. Balwant kidnaps Ashok and tortures him to reveal where he has kept the evidence.

Somehow the henchmen of Balwant find out Ajay's knowledge of this incriminating evidence and Balwant instantly kills Ashok. Ajay is later framed for the murder and accused of having an illicit relationship with his sister-in-law. Ajay realizes in court that the roots of evil are very deep and even his near ones have turned hostile towards him. His faith in the law is crushed and he seeks justice his own way. His sister-in-law is not able to bear the trauma and cruel comments of her neighbors and commits suicide.

While in jail, Ajay makes friends with some other hardcore convicts, who are good at heart. Then one day, they escape from the jail by overpowering the guards. Then begins Ajay's fight for justice, to take down the main villain Balwant Rai. One by one he takes down the cronies of Balwant who had framed him in the murder. The film ends with form of poetic justice, where Ajay kills Balwant in an amusement park in front of people and police, who are meek witnesses.



The music was composed by Bappi Lahiri. A woeful version of the song is "Saath Hain Hum Sab Isse Badi Kya Khushi", sung independently and sedately by Kumar Sanu. Another song, "Mungda" rendered tersely in the film, originally occurs in the 1977 film Inkaar.

# Title Singer(s)
1 "Pyar Tum Mujhse Karti Ho" Amit Kumar, S. Janaki
2 "Maahiya Teri Kasam" Pankaj Udhas, Lata Mangeshkar
3 "Maahiya Teri Kasam" (sad version) Lata Mangeshkar
4 "Pyasi Jawani Hai" S.Janaki
5 "Sochna Kya" Kumar Sanu, Shabbir Kumar, Asha Bhosle
6 "Sochna Kya" (Sad version) Kumar Sanu

Below is a table of the lead characters in the story of Ghayal and its remakes.

Movie Language Hero Hero's Brother Sister In Law Heroine Villain
Sunny Deol Raj Babbar Moushumi Chatterjee Meenakshi Seshadri Amrish Puri
Bharathan (1992) Tamil Vijaykanth S. P. Balasubramanyam Sangeetha Bhanupriya Anandraj
Gamyam (1998) Telugu Srikanth Sarath Babu Geetha Ravali Kota Srinivasa Rao
Vishwa (1999) Kannada Shiva Rajkumar Anant Nag Suhasini Maniratnam Suchitra Krishnamoorthi Sathya Prakash

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A sequel named Ghayal Returns was announced in 2014. But before the film could enter production, it faced financial problems. However, Sunny Deol stated that he was determined to make the film.[4] After once being stalled and then being postponed several times, the film was finally released with the title, Ghayal: Once Again, on 5 February 2016.[5]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 January 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Top grosser of 1990". Boxoffice India. Archived from the original on 12 January 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  3. ^ National Film Archive of India [@NFAIOfficial] (15 February 2019). "Director Shivamani made #Remake of Raj Kumar Santoshi's popular action drama #Ghayal (1990) in Kannada as #Vishwa (1999). Take a look at posters for both films" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ "Sunny Deol is determined to make 'Ghayal' sequel". November 18, 2013. The Times of India. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Photos: Sunny Deol starrer 'Ghayal Once Again' box office collections soar to Rs 14.85 cr by day 2". The Financial Express. 6 February 2016.

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