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Jaani Dushman (English: Arch Enemy) is an Indian Hindi dark fantasy-action film directed and produced by Rajkumar Kohli making it his last film as director. The film features an ensemble cast; including Armaan Kohli, Manisha Koirala, Akshay Kumar, Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty, Aftab Shivdasani, Sharad Kapoor, Sonu Nigam (in his acting debut) and Arshad Warsi.

Jaani Dushman
Jani Dushman.jpg
Directed byRajkumar Kohli
Produced byRajkumar Kohli
Written byK. K. Singh (dialogues)
Screenplay byRajkumar Kohli
Naveena Bhandari
Story byRajinder Singh Aatish
StarringAkshay Kumar
Raj Babbar
Sunny Deol
Aditya Pancholi
Sunil Shetty
Manisha Koirala
Armaan Kohli
Aftab Shivdasani
Sharad Kapoor
Rajat Bedi
Arshad Warsi
Sonu Nigam
Atul Agnihotri
Kiran Rathod
Music byAnand-Milind
Anand Raj Anand
Sandeep Chowta
CinematographyThomas A. Xavier
Damodar Naidu
Edited byKuku Cuckoo
Dilip Darak
Shankar Movies
Release date
  • 16 August 2002 (2002-08-16)
Running time
179 minutes
Budget18 crore (US$2.6 million)[1]
Box office19 crore[1]



Divya (Manisha Koirala) and Karan Saxena (Sunny Deol) are in love and plan to marry. Karan has a younger step-brother, Vivek (Sonu Nigam) who he looks after as if he was his own brother. Divya and Vivek hang out with quite a few young people of their own age, Atul (Akshay Kumar), Vijay (Sunil Shetty), Prem (Aftab Shivdasani), Ashok (Aditya Pancholi), Viktor (Sharad Kapoor), Abdul (Arshad Warsi), Nita(Rambha), Rashmi (Kiran Rathod), Niki, and Priti.

Two male members named Rajesh (Rajat Bedi) and Madan (Siddharth Ray) try to rape Divya, and get a sound thrashing from Karan. After apologizing, these two members decide to avenge their beating and humiliation. Soon after Karan leaves for a business trip abroad. Divya, begins to have premonitions of a past life and later learns she was the lover of Kapil (Armaan Kohli), a snake with magical powers, in a previous life.

Their love life was shattered by an angry sage (Amrish Puri) who cursed them with separation until the 21st century. Divya, who was called Vasundhara in her previous life, dies after this curse, and is reborn as Divya. She and Kapil reunite, however she is left torn as to what to do about her relationship with Karan.

Rajesh under the pretext of inviting Divya to Atul's party, impersonates the voices of the male members of their gang and tricks her into coming to an abandoned fort. Divya, arrives and they rape her to such an extent that Divya kills herself. Divya's friends arrive and she curses them thinking that all of her friends were involved in the rape. The rest of the friends are completely unaware of anything and are innocent.

Kapil learns of her death and comes back to life to get revenge from everyone in the group. As a result, Madan is killed on the same day as Divya and then Rajesh is killed on his wedding night by Divya's ghost.

This is followed by Victor being run over by Kapil on a motorbike and Abdul being electrocuted to death. Atul & his friends with the help of their college principal Joseph (Raj Babbar), who is also a professor of parapsychology summon Divya's ghost and they try to reason with her explaining they had nothing to with her rape and death, however she refuses to believe their innocence. Therefore, principal Joseph gives the group of friends a necklace and assures them that they cannot be harmed when they are wearing the necklace. Atul doesn't believe in any of this. However, when he is attacked by Kapil, he realizes he survived because the necklace was stuck on his hand. However, later Atul is badly injured by Kapil and he goes into a coma.

Divya then enters Prem's body and kills Ashok. Prem is thus accused of committing murder and he is sentenced to be hanged by the court. Vijay is pushed off a gym roof. Vivek, afraid he's next, calls his big brother Karan (Sunny Deol).

Karan arrives to rescue Vivek, but before that, Kapil stabs Vivek using Karan's image. Karan is arrested after Vivek accuses Karan of stabbing him. Atul comes out of coma and tries to save Vivek. Atul gets stabbed by Kapil while trying to save Vivek. Kapil chases Vivek. Atul, unable to destroy Kapil or save Vivek's life, goes to the same priest, who gave the lockets. Atul asks the priest to save Vivek's life. Atul then dies due to blood loss from his injuries.

Karan shows up to stop Kapil from killing Vivek. Karan gets killed by Kapil. Principal Joseph resurrects Karan with outerworld powers, granting him supernatural powers like Kapil. Karan kills Kapil. Vivek turns out to be the only survivor along with his brother Karan. Kapil and Vasundhra reunite in heaven.



Salman Khan was the original choice for Sonu Nigam's role but declined the movie because of date issues.

Saif Ali Khan was also approached for the film along with Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar.

A long Star studded hero cast was planned for this film featuring Sunny Deol ,Salman Khan ,Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty , Saif Ali Khan ,Chandrachur Singh, Aftab Shivdasani ,Arshad Warsi ,Jas Arorain lead roles . Starring Armaan Kohli as main villain as revenge seeking snake.


Critical receptionEdit

This film received negative reviews from critics. Ronjita Kulkarni of rated the film 1.5/10 saying "The performances are half-hearted and the characters half-baked". He also called the film "unoriginal and disappointing". Akshay Kumar was the only with watchable performances, Sunil Shetty was barely average & Sunny Deol was wasted in this movie because he did less scenes than his previous movies.[2]

Box officeEdit

The film grossed Rs 19 crores in its four weeks run at the box office.[not in citation given][3]


# Title Singer(s) Music Director Length
1 Chal Kudiye Sonu Nigam, Jaspinder Narula Anand-Milind 04:51
2 Zindagi Mein Tujhpe Udit Narayan Anand-Milind 02:05
3 Aaja Aaja Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik Anand-Milind 07:02
4 Ishq Junu Hai Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik, Prashant Anand-Milind 06:42
5 Jaaneman Tu Khub Hai Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan Anand Raaj Anand 05:38
6 Roop Salona Tera Dekh Ke Sonu Nigam, Poornima, Sanchaita, Harry Anand, Pamela Jain, Devendra Singh, Nayan Rathod Anand Raaj Anand 06:28
7 Javed Bhai So Re Le Sonu Nigam Sandeep Chowta 05:20
8 Zindagi Main Tujhpe Alka Yagnik Anand-Milind 02:00


  1. ^ a b "Jaani Dushman". 19 August 2017.
  2. ^ " Movies: The Rediff Review: Jaani Dushman".
  3. ^ Box Office 2002. Box Office India

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