Kabzaa (transl.The Capture) is a 1988 Bollywood crime action drama film starring Raj Babbar, Sanjay Dutt, Paresh Rawal. Scripted by Salim Khan and directed by prominent Indian film director Mahesh Bhatt the film received positive reviews from the critics but failed to create a big impact at the box office. Over the years it has garnered a cult following. Bhatts reused the same theme in their 1998 film Ghulam starring Aamir Khan and directed by Vikram Bhatt.

Kabzaa poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMahesh Bhatt
Written bySalim Khan
Story byBudd Schulberg (adapted screenplay)
Based onOn the Waterfront
(1954 American Film)
Produced byNanabhai Bhatt
StarringRaj Babbar
Sanjay Dutt
Amrita Singh
Dimple Kapadia
CinematographyNadeem Khan
Edited byDimpy Bahl
Music byRajesh Roshan
Release date
20 May 1988 (1988-05-20)
Running time
2 hours 23 minutes


Ravi Verma (Sanjay Dutt), a careless boy, lives with his elder brother Ranjeet Verma (Raj Babbar). Ranjeet is a lawyer and works for Veljibhai Soda (Paresh Rawal), who is a criminal. Veljibhai has an order to forcefully acquire a land which belongs to a freedom fighter Ustad Ali Mohammed (Aloknath). Ali wants to build up a children's park at that site. Ravi somehow gets into the picture and Veljibhai asks him to go there and warn Ali to leave the land immediately. Ravi is suffering from brain tumor and while throwing things out of Ali's house, he falls on the floor. Ali takes him to the hospital. When Ravi gains consciousness, he realises that he had been doing wrong and changes his mind. He realises his duties and now wants to save Ali's land at any cost from Veljibhai. Veljibhai, on realising this, takes the onus upon himself to capture the land in his own hands. He gets Ali killed in the process. Ali has handed over the ownership of land to Ravi in his deed. Veljibhai asks Ravi to hand over the deed papers in ransom for his brother, Ranjeet. Ranjeet however tries to get the papers back but is killed by Veljibhai. Now Ravi has everything to go against Veljibhai and not let his plans succeed. But Veljibhai is clever enough to kidnap his love Rita (Amrita Singh). Ravi rescues Rita and kills Veljibhai not before he is shot with four bullets, but saves himself by crawling towards phone booth to call ambulance. The ambulance arrives and in the hospital, Ravi is saved, along with the removal of his brain tumor. He gets the children's park built in Ali's land as per his last wish.



The music was composed by Rajesh Roshan and the songs were written by Anand Bakshi.

Song Singer
"Ae Mere Dil" - 1 Mohammed Aziz
"Ae Mere Dil" - 2 Mohammed Aziz
"Ae Mere Dil" - 3 Mohammed Aziz
"Ae Mere Dil" - 4 Mohammed Aziz
"Dil Ki Adalat, Pyar Ka Muqadma" Mohammed Aziz, Sadhana Sargam
"Tumse Mile Bin Chain Nahin Aata, Main Kya Karun" Kishore Kumar, Anupama Deshpande
"Heere Motiyon Se" Asha Bhosle

External linksEdit