Khal Nayak (transl. Villain) is a 1993 Indian Hindi-language action crime film written, directed and produced by Subhash Ghai under Mukta Arts Ltd. The film stars Sanjay Dutt (as the villain), Madhuri Dixit and Jackie Shroff. The plot focuses on the escape and attempted capture of criminal Ballu (Dutt) by sub-Inspector Ram (Shroff) and his cop girlfriend Ganga (Dixit).

Directed bySubhash Ghai
Written bySubhash Ghai
Ram Kelkar
Kamlesh Pandey
Produced bySubhash Ghai
StarringSanjay Dutt
Madhuri Dixit
Jackie Shroff
CinematographyAshok Mehta
Edited byWaman Bhonsle
Gurudutt Shirali
Music bySongs:
Background Score:
Aadesh Shrivastava
Distributed byEros International
Release date
  • 6 August 1993 (1993-08-06)
Running time
191 minutes
Box office24.01 crores [1]

Khal Nayak is known for its music, especially the song "Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai", sung by Alka Yagnik and Ila Arun. The Khal Nayak soundtrack album sold 10 million copies, making it one of the year's best-selling Bollywood soundtrack albums, along with Baazigar.[2] Khal Nayak was released on 6 August 1993, and became the second highest grossing Hindi film of 1993, surpassed only by Aankhen.[3] It received positive reviews from critics, with praise for its screenplay, soundtrack and performances of the cast.

At the 39th Filmfare Awards, Khal Nayak 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) and Best Choreography (Saroj Khan), both for the song "Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai".

Plot edit

Balram "Ballu" Prasad, a gangster, gets arrested by Inspector Ram, who shows compassion to Ballu while trying to extract information that would lead to the capture of Ballu's mentor Roshida. However, Ballu does not cooperate and later promises to escape from prison. While visiting his officer girlfriend, Ganga, Ram learns that Ballu has escaped from prison and his reputation is in tatters as the media portrays him as a negligent officer. In an attempt to restore Ram's reputation, Ganga goes undercover as a street-girl, and realizes that Ballu is a kind-hearted person, who turned to crime due to his circumstances. She tries to rehabilitate him while on the run.

Meanwhile, Ballu falls in love with Ganga but becomes enraged when he learns she does not love him and is a cop. 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 his childhood friend. Ballu and his mother reveal that Roshan Da had used their poverty to corrupt Ballu and killed Ballu's sister and placed the blame on the cops. Enraged, Ballu had killed a policeman and thus got sucked into a life of crime. Afraid that the police will kill Ballu, Ganga stops the police from shooting at him, allowing him to escape. She is arrested for aiding a criminal and of being in a relationship with Ballu, which destroys her professional and personal reputation.

Ballu's mother finds him, while Ram follows her. In the following confrontation, Ballu's mother takes Ram's side, trying to convince Ballu to surrender. Seeing Ganga's picture in Ram's wallet, Ballu realizes that Ram is the one who she loves and manages to escape to Roshan Da's base where Roshan Da promises to help him escape but betrays him and attempts to kill him and his mother. Under the leadership of Ram, the cops attack Roshan Da's lair. In the ensuing conflict, Ballu discovers that Roshan Da killed his sister, Ram kills Roshan Da and Ballu escapes. Following Roshan Da's death, Ballu proclaims himself the new boss, but his girlfriend informs him that Ganga is about to go on trial for aiding him. Ballu surrenders and swears that Ganga is innocent, thereby restoring her reputation and leading to her and Ram's reconciliation. Ballu goes to prison.

Cast edit

Production edit


The movie's director, Subhash Ghai wanted to make an art film with Nana Patekar. When he began the film with Patekar, in the movie's original story, the protagonist arrives from Pune to Mumbai. But when Ghai's a screenwriter gave him the idea, that he should make this movie an action film rather than an art film, he changed his mind and tried to make an action film.[4]


Ghai was sure to take Jackie Shroff for the character of Ram. Anil Kapoor was keen to play the antagonist's character, but Ghai told him, you will not suit it and the film will fail. Anand Bakshi wrote the lyrics.[4]


During the filming, Sanjay Dutt got arrested in 1993 Bombay bombings, he was jailed. Gahi told him, and he told (authorities) the truth, and nothing else. People agitated versus Dutt.[4]

Awards edit

39th Filmfare Awards:



Music edit

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 Khal Nayak". The Khal Nayak soundtrack album sold 10 million copies, making it one of the year's best-selling Bollywood soundtrack albums, along with Baazigar.[2]

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, Jolly Mukherjee, Mohammed Aziz, Manhar Udhas, Udit Narayan
"Nayak Nahi Khal Nayak Hai Tu" Vinod Rathod & Kavita Krishnamurthy
"O Maa Tujhe Salaam" Jagjit Singh

Box office edit

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

Release edit

Film of Jitendra, Khal-Naaikaa (1993) was released on the same day with Khal Nayak, prior to release Subhash Ghai agitated against Khal-Naaika at the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) but they gave verdict against him. They told Ghai, he can change the date of his movie's release if he want but Khal Naaika's owners will not move its release date.[4]

Remakes edit

The film was remade in Telugu as Khaidi No. 1,[5] and in Tamil as Hero (1994).[6]

References edit

  1. ^ "Khalnayak". 5 July 2018. Archived from the original on 16 July 2023. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Bollywood hinges on Hindi film music industry, fans soak up wacky new sounds". India Today. 15 November 1994. Archived from the original on 10 December 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Box Office 1993". Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d "Exclusive! Subhash Ghai on 30 years of Khal Nayak: The movie was supposed to be an art cinema with Nana Patekar; Anil Kapoor was keen to play the antagonist". The Times of India. 6 August 2023. Archived from the original on 5 September 2023. Retrieved 7 October 2023.
  5. ^ Lohana, Avinash (9 July 2016). "Sanjay, Ghai return with Khal Nayak". Mumbai Mirror. Archived from the original on 7 June 2022. Retrieved 7 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Copy cat". The Indian Express. 23 September 1994. p. 6. Archived from the original on 3 August 2022. Retrieved 3 August 2022.

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