Mujrim (transl. Criminal) is an Indian Bollywood movie released on 28 June 1989, directed by Umesh Mehra. The film stars Mithun Chakraborty, Madhuri Dixit, and Nutan. It also stars Amrish Puri, Shakti Kapoor, and Gulshan Grover in supporting roles. The film follows the story of Shankar, who is regarded as a criminal by the society after being in jail for ten years since childhood.[1]

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Directed byUmesh Mehra
Written byP.D. Mehra
Vinay Shukla
Produced byParvesh Mehra
StarringMithun Chakraborty
Madhuri Dixit
Amrish Puri
Pallavi Joshi
Shakti Kapoor
Sharat Saxena
Music byAnu Malik
Distributed byEagle Films
Release date
  • 28 June 1989 (1989-06-28)
Running time
153 minutes

The film was a hit, earning positive reviews for the cast's performance, soundtrack, and script, while earning negative reviews for its lengthy plot. It is considered an underrated masterpiece, catching the attention of Shahrukh Khan----whose production company Red Chilles Entertainment acquired the rights to the film.


Shankar (Mithun Chakraborty) was jailed at the age of thirteen, when he killed his uncle, who tried to sell his mother Yashoda (Nutan) to a rich and powerful man called Khan (Amrish Puri). He was imprisoned in jail for ten years. When he comes back home, he finds his mother and sister in poor conditions. He tries to keep appropriate behavior and make amends, but all his attempts fail, as he is widely recognized as a criminal, and he joins a group of criminals, whose leader is a generous man called Malik (Sharat Saxena). His mother, who is an honest woman, refuses to accept him like this and decides she has nothing to do with him. He meets Malik's daughter Sonia (Madhuri Dixit) and the two fall in love. Malik appreciates Shankar's faithfulness and authorizes him as his principal successor. After Malik's death, Shankar takes over and gets into business terms with Khan. Shankar and Sonia get married and move into their new house. Shankar's one and only wish is to reunite with his mother, but she refuses and requires him to leave the crime world.

The matters get complicated and Shankar loses his way. He loses his friends in endless fights with the police, and finally, when Sonia finds out that she is pregnant, she leaves him and comes to live with Yashoda. Alone and neglected, he comes back home but then his previous life persecutes him. What will be his fate in life?



The movie has 6 songs composed by Anu Malik. The soundtrack album featured very well known singers Alka Yagnik and Sadhana Sargam who made here one of their first playback singing steps.



  1. ^ "I enjoy the ironies of life: Sharat Kataria". Even a hardcore action film like Mithun Chakraborty's Mujrim depicts a poor guy's travails in a big city

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