Sadak (English: Road) is a 1991 Indian romantic thriller film directed by Mahesh Bhatt. It stars Sanjay Dutt and Pooja Bhatt. The film is the second-highest-grossing Hindi movie of the year 1991 and the seventh-highest-grossing Hindi film of the '90s decade, with a groundbreaking musical score. The film is also fondly remembered for the late Sadashiv Amrapurkar's award-winning performance as the film's villain, Maharani. The film was inspired by the 1976 American movie Taxi Driver. This film was remade in Tamil as Appu (2000), directed by Vasanth with actor Prashanth and Devayani in lead roles, with Prakash Raj as the antagonist.
|Directed by||Mahesh Bhatt|
|Written by||Robin Bhatt|
|Edited by||A Muthu|
|Box office||₹117 million|
Maharani (Sadashiv Amrapurkar) is an evil transgender pimp that runs a brothel. He employs many girls such as Pooja (Pooja Bhatt) and Chanda (Neelima Azeem). Ravi (Sanjay Dutt), a taxi driver, meets Pooja before she is bought by Maharani, and his friend Gotya (Deepak Tijori) is in love with Chanda. Ravi previously witnessed his sister Roopa (Soni Razdan) plunge to her death after being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease. She had eloped with her lover who sold her off at a brothel and forced her to become a prostitute. This violent incident left Ravi traumatised and scarred for life. He has become an insomniac who keeps having disturbing visions of his sister's death and is restless and violent on occasions. On one of his taxi-plying days, he meets Inspector Irani (Pankaj Dheer), who Ravi recognises from an article that was published about the cop when he had won a medal. Ravi drops him off to his destination, refuses to take any money from him and the cop tells him to come to him if he ever needs the help of any kind.
Ravi meets Pooja again as she tries to flee the brothel of Maharani and tries to help her in vain. He procures his life's savings, a meagre sum of thirty thousand rupees from Salim Bhai (Avtar Gill), his taxi's owner and takes out Pooja for one night, posing as her customer. He does so with the help of his friend Gotya and a pimp Gullu (Mushtaq Khan). Gotya, however, is held as collateral under Maharani's orders in case Pooja is not safely returned. They roam around Bombay, spend some romantic time with each other, during which Ravi tells Pooja that he loves her and would keep on coming back to the brothel for her every night (presumably—so that she is not sold to other customers).
The next night, Ravi mortgages the taxi and goes back to the brothel. He is, however, chided by Maharani who suspects he's either mad or in love with Pooja for offering high sums of money for her on consecutive nights. She also tells Ravi that since she has been running this business for the past thirty years, she knew when Pooja came back in the morning that Ravi did not sleep with her. After much argument, and requests from Ravi and Gotya, Maharani agrees to let him spend the night with Pooja under the condition that he have sex with her in front of her. Ravi agrees, and then stabs Maharani, escaping with Pooja in the ensuing chaos. Gotya also grabs his girlfriend Chanda and escapes. They run away to a distant location where Gotya and Chanda get married in a temple with the blessings of Ravi and Pooja. All four come back and take refuge with Salim Bhai.
In the meantime, Maharani's henchmen find the pimp and break his legs. Salim Bhai advises Ravi and Gotya to enlist police protection and Ravi decides to approach Inspector Irani. He assures them of his help and asks them to meet him in the parking lot of an apartment complex at a scheduled time. However, when the four reach there, Maharani and his henchmen are already waiting and attack them with firearms. As the four try to escape, Gotya and Chanda are both shot and Ravi manages to escape with Pooja in Irani's police jeep. Once they reach safety, he calls up Irani and warns him that he will have to pay heavily for his betrayal.
Pooja is, however, captured again by Maharani, after Ravi is tortured and left for dead. Ravi, remembering that the fate of his sister and Pooja are the same, regains his lost strength. He fights his way back to Maharani by killing Inspector Irani and setting ablaze to Maharani's brothel finally killing Maharani and rescuing Pooja.
- Sanjay Dutt as Ravi
- Pooja Bhatt as Pooja
- Deepak Tijori as Gotya
- Sadashiv Amrapurkar as Maharani, the 'eunuch' brothel madam
- Neelima Azeem as Chanda
- Avtar Gill as Salim Bhai
- Pankaj Dheer as Police Inspector Irani
- Gavin Packard as Maharani's Henchman
- Mushtaq Khan as Gullu
- Javed Khan Amrohi as Pakya
- Soni Razdan as Roopa
- Director – Mahesh Bhatt
|Soundtrack album by|
|Nadeem Shravan chronology|
The soundtrack of the movie is composed by the music duo Nadeem Shravan. All songs were sung by Anuradha Paudwal along with Kumar Sanu, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Manhar Udhas, Debashish Dasgupta, Junaid Akhtar & Babla Mehta.
The film's soundtrack album sold 5 million units, becoming one of the top three best-selling Bollywood soundtracks of the year. The song "Tumhein Apna Banaane Ki" is a popular number till date. However, it was copied from the 1983 ghazal song "Chale To" by Pakistani singer Musarrat Nazir. In turn, a remade version of the song was used for 2015 film Hate Story 3.
|1||"Tumhein Apna Banaane Ki" (Duet) #||Kumar Sanu, Anuradha Paudwal||Sameer||05:38|
|2||"Hum Tere Bin Kahi Rah"||Anuradha Paudwal, Manhar Udhas||Sameer||08:08|
|3||"Zamaane Ke Dekhe" (Duet)||Anuradha Paudwal, Abhijeet Bhattacharya||Surendra Sathi||04:19|
|4||"Jab Jab Pyar Pe" (Duet)||Kumar Sanu, Anuradha Paudwal||Sameer||06:19|
|5||"Rehne Ko Ghar Nahi"||Kumar Sanu, Debashish Dasgupta, Junaid Akhtar||Sameer||05:28|
|6||"Tumhein Apna Banaane Ki" (Female)||Anuradha Paudwal||Sameer||05:42|
|7||"Jab Jab Pyar Pe Pehra" (Female)||Anuradha Paudwal||Sameer||06:21|
|8||"Kya Socha Hai Ae Dil"||Anuradha Paudwal||Rani Malik||04:57|
|9||"Mohabbat Ki Hai"||Kumar Sanu, Anuradha Paudwal||Sameer||06:33|
|10||"Zamaane Ke Dekhe" (Female)||Anuradha Paudwal||Surendra Sathi||04:23|
|11||"Tak Dhin Dhin Tak"||Kumar Sanu, Anuradha Paudwal, Babla Mehta||Sameer||05:01|
|12||"Tumhein Apna Banaane Ki" (Male)||Kumar Sanu||Sameer||05:41|
- Sadashiv Amrapurkar won Filmfare Award for [[Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role.
A sequel, Sadak 2, is confirmed to release on 25th March 2020 with Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapur in lead roles alongside Sanjay Dutt and Pooja Bhatt reprising their original roles. The film is produced by Mukesh Bhatt and is presented by Mahesh Bhatt and Vishesh Films. The script will be penned by Shagufta Rafique and Robin Bhatt.
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