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Pukar (lit. The Call) is a 2000 Indian action drama film co-written and directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. It stars Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Namrata Shirodkar, Danny Denzongpa, Shivaji Satam and Om Puri. The film was critically acclaimed but did average business at the box office.[1] It won two National Film Awards, including the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration and the National Film Award for Best Actor for Anil Kapoor's performance as Major Jaidev Rajvansh. The score and soundtrack were composed by A. R. Rahman.

Pukar
Pukar poster.jpg
Poster
Directed byRajkumar Santoshi
Produced bySurinder Kapoor
Boney Kapoor
Bharat Shah
Written byDialogue:
Rajkumar Santoshi
Anjum Rajabali
K.K. Raina
Screenplay byRajkumar Santoshi
Anjum Rajabali
Story byRajkumar Santoshi
StarringAnil Kapoor
Madhuri Dixit
Namrata Shirodkar
Danny Denzongpa
Om Puri
Music byA. R. Rahman
CinematographyAshok Mehta
Santosh Sivan
Baba Azmi
Chota K. Naidu
Edited byV. N. Mayekar
Production
company
Distributed byEros International
Shemaroo Entertainment
Release date
  • 4 February 2000 (2000-02-04)
Running time
165 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

Contents

PlotEdit

Major Jaidev "Jai" Rajvansh (Anil Kapoor) and his fellow officer manage to rescue a leading politician as well as capture his kidnapper, Abhrush (Danny Denzongpa). The terrorist has been wanted for years and he is finally captured by the two officers. Jai returns to a joyous welcome and is declared a national hero. He takes a break from the army and returns to his hometown. There he meets his childhood friend Anjali (Madhuri Dixit) who has always harboured love for Jai. Anjali wants to make most of Jai's holiday and tries to get close to him and spend time with him as much as she can.

At a party, he meets the then Miss India, Pooja Mallapa (Namrata Shirodkar). As they spend more time together, they begin to fall in love. In the mean time, Jai's parents are arranging his marriage to Anjali but when they find out about Jai's love for Pooja, they realise that they have to tell Anjali everything. Anjali, heartbroken and jealous wants revenge as Jai rejected her. Realising her frustration with Jai, Abrush takes advantage (via the said "kidnapped" politician who is hand in glove with Abrush) and together they plot to destroy Jai's reputation and life.

Anjali manages to steal certain important secret documents detailing plans for Abrush's movement from prison to prison. The following events lead to Jai being court martialed and he is declared a traitor to the country. Pooja leaves him alone due to family pressure. Jai, determined to prove his innocence and redeem himself, decides to pursue Abrush alone. Ultimately Anjali comes to her senses and realises her mistake. To atone for it, she single-handedly tries to thwart Abhrush's plans and help Jai prove his innocence. Jai overpowers Abhrush. Finally Jai expresses his love for Anjali and forgives her and both unite to live happily ever after.

CastEdit

SoundtrackEdit

Pukar
Soundtrack album by
Released1999 (India)
RecordedPanchathan Record Inn
GenreFilm Soundtrack
LabelVenus
ProducerA.R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Taj Mahal
(1999)
Pukar
(1999)
Alaipayuthey
(2000)

The music is given by A.R.Rahman while the lyrics are written by Majrooh, Javed Akhtar.

Track listEdit

Track # Song Artist(s) Picturised on Length
1 "Kay Sera Sera" Shankar Mahadevan, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Swarnalatha and Chorus Prabhu Deva & Madhuri Dixit 06:51
2 "Sunta Hai Mera Khuda" Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy & Swarnalatha Anil Kapoor, Namrata Shirodkar & Madhuri Dixit 06:36
3 "Humrahi Jab Ho Mastana" Udit Narayan & Hema Sardesai Anil Kapoor & Namrata Shirodkar 04:26
4 "Hai Jaana – 1" Sujatha Madhuri Dixit 04:18
5 "Kismat Se Tum" Sonu Nigam & Anuradha Paudwal Anil Kapoor & Madhuri Dixit 06:20
6 "Ek Tu Hi Bharosa" Lata Mangeshkar Lata Mangeshkar (herself) 06:29

AwardsEdit

Pukar received many awards and nominations, the most important being Anil Kapoor who won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Filmfare Awards

Nominated:

IIFA Awards

Nominated:

National Film Awards
Star Screen Awards

Nominated:

Won:

  • Star Screen Award for Best Publicity Design — Himanshu Nanda and Rahul Nanda

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Box office 2000". Archived from the original on 24 December 2006.

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