Shakti: The Power

Shakti: The Power is a 2002 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Krishna Vamsi and starring Karisma Kapoor, Nana Patekar and Sanjay Kapoor in leading roles with Deepti Naval, Ritu Shivpuri, Anupam Shyam and Prakash Raj in supporting roles. Shah Rukh Khan makes an extended special appearance and Aishwarya Rai makes a cameo appearance in an Item number.[2] The film is a remake of 1998 Telugu film Anthapuram, which was based on the real-life story of Betty Mahmoody.[3][4] The original story of real life escape of Betty Mahmoody is depicted in the movie Not Without My Daughter which itself was based on Betty Mahmoody's book of the same name.

Shakti: The Power
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKrishna Vamsi
Written byKrishna Vamsi
Kamal Pandey (dialogues)
Based onAnthapuram (Telugu)
Produced byBoney Kapoor
Sridevi Kapoor
StarringKarisma Kapoor
Nana Patekar
Sanjay Kapoor
Shah Rukh Khan
CinematographySethu Sriram
Edited byShrish Kunder
Music byIsmail Darbar (songs)
Mani Sharma (background score)
Distributed byEros International
Release date
  • September 20, 2002 (2002-09-20) (India)
Running time
177 minutes
Budget10 crore (equivalent to 32 crore or US$4.3 million in 2020)
Box office20.36 crore (equivalent to 66 crore or US$8.8 million in 2020)[1]

It is considered to be one of Karisma Kapoor's best performances; both hers and Nana Patekar's acting was acclaimed by fans and critics and received several nominations at a number of award ceremonies.[4] Despite this, commercially it did not perform as well as expected.


Shekhar and Nandini are an Indian couple living in Canada with their young son Raja. Shekhar hears news of violence in India, and the family journeys to his ancestral house, which is in a rural town of Bihar, the East Indian State of India. Nandini is shocked to see that Shekhar's family is deeply patriarchal and embroiled in feudal gang wars, lead by Shekhar's father Narasimha. Shekhar tries to bring an end to these feuds but is attacked by a rival gang and killed. Nandini, having been suddenly made a widow, decides to leave India with her son but Narasimha does not allow this and virtually imprisons them. Desperate to escape, her only allies are Shekhar's mother and sister. Wanted by Narasimha, Nandini seeks help from drifter Jai Singh who, after hesitation, helps her and her son board a train to Jaipur. Jai engages in a fight with Narasimha's men and successfully protects Nandini and Raja, but he dies. Shekhar's mother emotionally begs Narasimha to let Nandini and her son go, but he does not relent. At the airport, Narasimha becomes overwhelmed with emotion after interacting with his grandson and allows Nandini and Raja to peacefully leave and go back to Canada.



The film was produced by then retired actress Sridevi (Sanjay Kapoor's sister-in-law) under the banner Sridevi Productions and was supposed to be her comeback film, but she had to find a replacement when she found out she was pregnant. She initially offered her role to Kajol, but she rejected it so Karisma Kapoor was signed instead.[5]Fardeen Khan was the original choice for Sanjay Kapoor's role and the film was originally titled "Vaapsi".[6]


Songs were mainly composed by Ismail Darbar, but one song was composed by Anu Malik- "Ishq Kameena" .

# Title Singer(s) Length
1 "Dil Ne Pukara Hai" Alka Yagnik, Adnan Sami 06:27
2 "Dumroo Baje" Sukhwinder Singh 06:15
3 "Hum Tum Mile – Male" Adnan Sami 05:37
4 "Hum Tum Mile – Female" Kavita Krishnamurthy 06:10
5 "Ishq Kamina" Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam 05:26
6 "Jhoomti Gataon Mein" Mohammad Salamat 07:35
7 "Mere Munna Raja" Anuradha Paudwal 05:05
8 "Aye Chand Dil Ke" Kavita Krishnamurthy 06:57
9 "Jhoomati Ghata Mein" Instrumental 06:29

Box officeEdit

Shakti: The Power grossed 13.82 crore (US$1.8 million) in India and $1.35 million (6.54 crore) in other countries, for a worldwide total of 20.36 crore (US$2.7 million), against its 10 crore (US$1.3 million) budget. It had a worldwide opening weekend of 7.33 crore (US$970,000), and grossed 11.26 crore (US$1.5 million) in its first week.[1] It is the 13th-highest-grossing film of 2002 worldwide.[7]


It opened on Friday, September 20, 2002, across 285 screens, and earned 98 lakh (US$130,000) nett on its opening day. It grossed 2.82 crore (US$370,000) nett in its opening weekend, and had a first week of 4.62 crore (US$610,000) nett. The film earned a total of 8.47 crore (US$1.1 million) nett, and was declared "Flop" by Box Office India.[1] It is the 20th-highest-grossing film of 2002 in India.[8]


It had an opening weekend of $565,000 (2.74 crore) and went on to gross $770,000 (3.73 crore) in its first week. The film earned a total of $1.35 million (6.54 crore) at the end of its theatrical run.[1] Overseas, It is the 5th-highest-grossing film of 2002.[9]

'Shakti: The Power' worldwide collections breakdown
Territory Territory wise Collections break-up
India Nett Gross:
8.47 crore (US$1.1 million)
Distributor share:
4.38 crore (US$580,000)
Total Gross:
13.82 crore (US$1.8 million)
(Outside India)
$1.35 million (6.54 crore)
Worldwide 53.06 crore (US$7.0 million)


Category Recipient & Winners Result
Filmfare Award for Best Actress Karisma Kapoor[10] Nominated
Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role Nana Patekar[10]
Star Screen Award for Best Actress Karisma Kapoor


  1. ^ a b c d "Shakti: The Power Box office". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Shakti – The Power Cast & Crew". Bollywood Hungama.
  3. ^ "Karisma back with 'Shakti – The Power'". The Tribune. 20 September 2002. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Bollywood remakes of South Indian films". NDTV. Retrieved 22 December 2008.
  5. ^ "Karishma flexs her muscles in Shakti – the power". September 2002. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Shakthi: The Power (2002) - IMDb".
  7. ^ "Top Worldwide Grossers 2002". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Top India Total Nett Gross 2002". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Top Overseas Gross 2002". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Awards 2002 – Filmfare Awards". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 16 July 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012.

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