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Tathastu (English: So be it) is a 2006 Indian Hindi film starring Sanjay Dutt and directed by Anubhav Sinha. It is based on the American film John Q.[1]

Tathastu poster.jpg
Directed byAnubhav Sinha
Produced byNitin Manmohan
StarringSanjay Dutt
Amisha Patel
Music bySongs:
Background Score:
Ranjit Barot
CinematographyRavi Walia
Edited bySanjib Datta
Release date
  • 13 May 2006 (2006-05-13)


Plot summaryEdit

Ravi Rajput comes from a poor family; his father was a foreman at a mill, and could not afford to send Ravi to a private school. Ravi studied in a municipal school, got a job in a mill, married Saru, who subsequently gave birth to their son, Gaurav. The proud parents watch as Gaurav grows up, starting walking, talking, and feigning illness just to stay home and watch World Cup Cricket. Their lives are turned upside down when Gaurav faints while playing cricket.

They take him to the nearest hospital in Bandra, where Doctors Nita and Sen inform them that their son is dying and will not survive unless he receives a heart transplant, the cost of which is 15 lakhs rupees. A heart is available for transplant but the hospital will only perform the surgery on receipt of the money. A desperate Ravi turns to his insurance company, which declines to renew his policy citing an obscure clause; his employer, with whom he has worked for over 11 years, refuses to sanction above Rs.75000/-.

When nothing works out and Dr. Sen informs Ravi that his son will soon be discharged and will probably die soon after, he gets a gun, holds 30 people hostage in the hospital until the doctor agrees to operate on his son. DCP Rane is assigned to this matter and his orders are to kill Ravi and end this drama. Meanwhile, the hostages realize how good a man Ravi is when he lets a pregnant woman deliver with full medical care, helps a woman facing domestic abuse as well as an elderly gentleman whose son values money more than his father. Outside, he becomes a dark hero when the media reports that he is doing it to save his son, with a huge crowd gathering in his support.

But Ravi persists and is finally told that Gaurav will soon be operated upon. Relieved, Ravi decides to release all the hostages. He then sees that while a surgery is taking place, it is of an elderly politician (the President of the ruling political party, Narayan Swami), rather than his son. In desperation, he decides to end his life and give his heart to his son. After meeting his son for a few moments, he walks out with the hostages (who have all decided to support him) and his wife and proclaims to the world that he will end his life and give his heart to his son.

As he is about to shoot himself, the deputy leader of the ruling political party comes and asks him to listen to him. He informs him he has spoken to the President who has decided to forgo his life since he loves children, requesting that the heart be given to the child. He assures Ravi that it is true and also that the party will take care of all the expenses of the operation. The entire crowd applauds the deputy leader and Ravi lowers his gun. When the deputy leader's assistant comes to him and inquires (in a whisper) urgently that what will happen to the President and that the President said no such thing, the deputy leader tells him that this is politics. If they had operated and saved the President's life, then this entire crowd who is pro-Ravi would have thrown them out of power. Now by sacrificing the President, they have gained huge popular support and will win the next elections.

Ravi is arrested and taken to court. The judge takes a very lenient view of the situation based on the hostages' evidence and sentences Ravi to a light sentence of six months. DCP Rane leads the applause from the entire court as Ravi looks on. The film ends with Gaurav playing cricket and his parents watching him.



Song Title Singer(s)
Safed Lamho Me Rang Bar De (Allah-o-ali) Humsar Hayat
Allah-o-ali (Remix) Humsar Hayat
Alee Alee Sudha Malhotra
Tere Husn Ka Jadu Iqbal Sabri, Afzal Sabri
Mubaarak Eid Mubarak Sonu Nigam, Sneha Pant
Ek Mulakat Zaruri Hai Amin Sabri, Farid Sabri
Mere Sath Chalte Chalte Sunidhi Chauhan, Shaan, Krishna Beura
Teri Jawani Mast Mast Iqbal Sabri, Afzal Sabri, Anupama Deshpande


  1. ^ "Tathastu? Or is it John Q?". South Asian Women's Forum. 10 May 2006. Archived from the original on 2 February 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2012.

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