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 with Shah Rukh Khan, Deepti Naval, Ritu Shivpuri, Anupam Shyam and Prakash Raj in supporting roles. Aishwarya Rai makes a special appearance in a song.[2] The film is a remake of 1998 Telugu film Anthahpuram, 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 film Not Without My Daughter (1991) which itself was based on Betty Mahmoody's book of the same name.

Shakti: The Power
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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
  • 20 September 2002 (2002-09-20) (India)
Running time
177 minutes
Box office₹20.36 crore[1]

Shakti: The Power is considered to be one of Karisma Kapoor's career-best performances; with her and Patekar's performances being lauded by fans and critics.[4] Despite this, it did not fare well commercially as expected.

At the 48th Filmfare Awards, Shakti: The Power received 2 nominations – Best Actress (Kapoor) and Best Villain (Patekar).


Nandini is a carefree young woman who lives happily with her guardian in Canada. She is introduced to Shekhar and they get married quite spontaneously and are expecting a child soon. One day, Shekhar learns that his family is in trouble, back in India. Nandini is confused as she believed that he was an orphan, but Shekhar explains to her that his family belongs to an extremely feudal society, and unable to bear the factions and violence in the community, he migrated to Canada. They decide to travel to India in order to assess the situation.

The couple arrives in Shekhar's home town in Bihar, where his father Narasimha is an influential man with rustic habits, who doesn't find Nandini to be traditional enough for his son. Nandini is uncomfortable with the casual approach to violence that she and her son Raja see in the household. Narasimha's wife is a kind-hearted person who takes care of Shekhar, Nandini and Raja. She requests them to remain in India for a few more days in order to celebrate Shekhar's birthday, and during this time Shekhar is killed by Narasimha's rivals. Nandini is distraught and tries to take her son Raja away from this madness and violence, but Narasimha stops her from doing so. He says Raja must be raised in a traditional way in order to avenge his father's death, and if needed Nandini can leave the town by leaving her son behind. Nandini refuses to allow this and, with the help of Narasimha's family members, she escapes from the house with her son. Jai Singh, a petty thief and a drifter, helps Nandini evade Narasimha's man in order to board a train to Jaipur. Jai is killed in the midst of violence whilst trying to protect Nandini and her son. Narasimha continues to pursue Nandini, but ultimately allows her and the child Raja to leave, after emotionally interacting with his grandson.



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 and penned by Mehboob, but one song was composed by Anu Malik and written by Sameer - "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$1.7 million) in India and $1.35 million (6.54 crore) in other countries, for a worldwide total of 20.36 crore (US$2.5 million), against its 10 crore (US$1.3 million) budget. It had a worldwide opening weekend of 7.33 crore (US$920,000), and grossed 11.26 crore (US$1.4 million) in its first week.[1] It is the 13th-highest-grossing film of 2002 worldwide.[7]


It opened on Friday, 20 September 2002, across 285 screens, and earned 98 lakh (US$120,000) nett on its opening day. It grossed 2.82 crore (US$350,000) nett in its opening weekend, and had a first week of 4.62 crore (US$580,000) 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]


Category Nominees Result
Star Screen Award for Best Actress Karisma Kapoor Nominated
Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Villain Nana Patekar[10]


  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. ^ "Awards 2002 – Filmfare Awards". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 16 July 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012.

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