Khal Nayak (transl. Villain) is a 1993 Indian Hindi crime action thriller film produced and directed by Subhash Ghai. The story centres on the escape and attempted capture of terrorist criminal Ballu (Sanjay Dutt as antihero) by inspector Ram (Jackie Shroff) and his girlfriend officer Ganga (Madhuri Dixit). The film was the second highest grossing Hindi film of 1993.[1]

Directed bySubhash Ghai
Written byPai
Ram Kelkar
Kamlesh Pandey
Produced bySubhash Ghai
StarringSanjay Dutt
Jackie Shroff
Madhuri Dixit
Anupam Kher
Ramya Krishnan
Neena Gupta
Siddharth Randeria
CinematographyAshok Mehta
Edited byWaman Bhonsle
Gurudutt Shirali
Music byLaxmikant–Pyarelal
Distributed byEros International
Release date
  • 6 August 1993 (1993-08-06)
Running time
191 minutes
Box office 43 crore[1] (Adjusted 353 Crores)[2]

The film is known for its music, especially the song "Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai", sung by Alka Yagnik and Ila Arun. The Khalnayak soundtrack album sold 10 million copies, making it one of the year's best-selling Bollywood soundtrack albums, along with Baazigar.[3]

At the 39th Filmfare Awards, the film received a leading 11 nominations including Best Film, Best Director (Ghai), Best Actor (Dutt), Best Actress (Dixit) and Best Supporting Actor (Shroff) and won 2 awards – Best Female Playback Singer (Alka Yagnik and Ila Arun for "Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai") and Best Choreography (Saroj Khan for "Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai").


Balram "Ballu" Prasad (Sanjay Dutt) is a gangster who is arrested by Inspector Ram (Jackie Shroff). Ram shows compassion to Ballu while trying to get information that would lead to the capture of Ballu's boss and mentor, Roshida. Ballu does not speak, and he promises to escape from the jail. Ballu escapes from the jail, while Ram is visiting his girlfriend, Ganga (Madhuri Dixit), who is also a police officer. When news of this breaks out, Ram's reputation is in tatters as the media portrays Ram as an officer who has neglected his duty. Ganga, in an attempt to restore Ram's reputation, goes undercover as a street-girl. Ganga realizes that Ballu is a kind-hearted person who turned to crime due to poverty and circumstances, and she tries to rehabilitate him while on the run. Meanwhile, Ballu begins to fall in love with Ganga. He becomes enraged when he finds out she does not love him and is a police officer. Ganga continues to help Ballu as she has seen good in him. Meanwhile, Ram approaches Ballu's mother for help and realises that Ballu is in fact, his childhood friend. Ballu's mother and Ballu then tell Ram and Ganga, respectively, the story of how Roshan Da used their poverty to corrupt Ballu. Roshan Da killed Ballu's sister, and put the blame on the police. Ballu kills the officer he believes to be behind this and from then on spirals into a life of crime.

Ganga, afraid that the police will kill Ballu, stops the police from shooting him, allowing him to escape. She is hence arrested for aiding a criminal and is accused of being in a relationship with Ballu, which destroys her professional and personal reputation. Ballu's mother finds him, while she is followed by Ram. In the following confrontation, Ballu's mother takes Ram's side trying to convince Ballu to give himself up. Ballu, seeing Ganga's picture in Ram's wallet realizes that Ram is the one who she loves. Ballu manages to escape to Roshida's base where Roshan Da promises to help him escape, but betrays him and attempts to kill him and his mother. The police, led by Ram, attack Roshan Da's lair. In the ensuing conflict, Ballu finds out that Roshan Da killed his sister. Ram kills Roshan Da and Ballu escapes.

Following Roshan Da's death, Ballu claims himself as the new boss, but his girlfriend informs him that Ganga is about to go on trial for aiding him. Having a change of heart, Ballu appears to attack the court, but then surrenders himself and swears that Ganga is innocent, thereby restoring her reputation and reconciling her and Ram and Ballu goes to jail.



39th Filmfare Awards:




The music was composed by Laxmikant–Pyarelal, with the lyrics being penned by Anand Bakshi.

The best known song from the soundtrack were "Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai", "Palki Mein Hoke Sawar" and "Nayak Nahi Khalnayak". The Khalnayak soundtrack album sold 10 million copies, making it one of the year's best-selling Bollywood soundtrack albums, along with Baazigar.[3]

Title Singer(s)
"Aaja Sajan Aaja" Alka Yagnik
"Paalkhi Mein Hoke Sawar Chali Re" Alka Yagnik
"Aise Teri Yaad Aati Hai" Alka Yagnik & Mohammed Aziz
"Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai (Female)" Alka Yagnik & Ila Arun
"Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai (Male)" Vinod Rathod
"Der Se Aana Jaldi Jaana" Alka Yagnik & Manhar Udhas
"Pyar ki Ganga Bahe" Kavita Krishnamurthy & Vinod Rathod, Mohammed Aziz, Manhar Udas, Udit Narayan
"Nayak Nahi Khalnayak Hai Tu" Vinod Rathod & Kavita Krishnamurthy
"O Maa Tujhe Salaam" Jagjit Singh

Box officeEdit

Khalnayak was the second highest grossing Hindi film of 1993, surpassed only by Aankhen.[1]


The film was remade in Telugu as Khaidi No. 1 with Vinod Kumar playing Sanjay Dutt's role, Sukanya playing Madhuri Dixit's role and Raghuman appearing in Jackie Shroff's role. This was dubbed in Tamil as Hero.


  1. ^ a b "Box Office 1993". Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Khalnayak". Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Bollywood hinges on Hindi film music industry, fans soak up wacky new sounds". India Today. 15 November 1994. Retrieved 17 July 2013.

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