Tridev (transl. Trinity) is a 1989 Indian action thriller film directed by Rajiv Rai.[2][3][4] It stars Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Naseeruddin Shah, Madhuri Dixit, Sangeeta Bijlani and Sonam .[5] The film was critically and commercially successful at the box office and was third highest grossing film of 1989 behind Maine Pyar Kiya and Ram Lakhan and won three Filmfare Awards at the 35th Filmfare Awards in 1990. The film was remade in Telugu as Nakshatra Poratam, with Suman, Bhanuchander, and Arun Pandian .

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Directed byRajiv Rai
Written byArshad Parvez
Rajiv Rai
K.K. Singh
Produced byGulshan Rai
StarringSunny Deol
Jackie Shroff
Naseeruddin Shah
Madhuri Dixit
Sangeeta Bijlani
Anupam Kher
Amrish Puri
CinematographyRomesh Bhalla
Edited byNaresh Malhotra
Music byKalyanji-Anandji, Viju Shah
Distributed byTrimurti Films Pvt.Ltd
Release date
  • 7 July 1989 (1989-07-07)
Box office17 crore (equivalent to 154 crore or US$20 million in 2020)[1]


Powerful crime lord Bhujang has an honest politician assassinated on behalf of his arms supplier. Inspector Karan, the son of a respected judge is hired for the case. Divya, his fiancè and the daughter of Commissioner Arvind, has a brother Ravi, the hot-headed black sheep of the family. Bhujang kills Karan's father and Ramesh. Arvind knows Karan's honesty, but transfers him to a village due to pressure. At the new post, Karan meets Jai Singh whose father was killed by dacoit Bhairav, who is in fact Bhujang.

Bhujang invites Ravi to join his gang. As Arvind plans to bring Karan back, Bhujang sends goons and Ravi to kill him. They trap Karan, but he escapes with a knife's help which Ravi gave him. Ravi later meets Natasha, Ramesh's sister who is collecting proofs of Bhujang's crimes. Renuka, an actress who Jai met earlier, hires him as a bodyguard. She's the daughter of a corrupt politician, who works with Bhujang and plans her marriage to his son. Jai meets and recognizes Bhujang as his father's murderer.

Karan and Ravi vow to destroy Bhujang's plans. When he plans to rob a global bank, Ravi informs Karan. Jai takes Renuka to the bank to expose her father's misdeeds too. Foiling the robbery, Karan kills Bhujang's son. He captures Natasha, Renuka, Divya, Arvind and policemen and frames Karan, Ravi and Jai. The three fight and kill Bhujang, after freeing Divya, Natasha, Renuka, Arvind and the policemen. Karan-Divya, Ravi-Natasha and Jai-Renuka finally unite and rejoice.



At the 35th Filmfare Awards, Tridev won two awards from six nominations.

Award Category Nominee Result
Filmfare Awards Best Female Playback Singer Sapna Mukherjee Won
Best Sound Recording B. V. Chaturvedi
Best Supporting Actor Amrish Puri Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Amit Kumar
Best Music Director Kalyanji-Anandji, Viju Shah
Best Female Playback Singer Alisha Chinai


The music was given by Kalyanji–Anandji, arrangements by Viju Shah and the lyrics by Anand Bakshi. The songs of this album like "Main Teri Mohabbat Main", "Tirchi Topiwale", "Gali Gali Main Phirta Hai", "Gajar Ne Kiya Hai Ishara" and "Rat Bhar Jaam Se" were very popular. "Oye Oye" samples 'Rhythm is Gonna Get You' by Miami Sound Machine and the Tridev theme is directly copied from "One More Chance" by Pet Shop Boys. The song "Oye Oye" was used twice in movies Double Dhamaal and Azhar, the song "Gail Gali Main Phirta Hai" is used in Hindi dubbed version of Kannada-language movie K.G.F: Chapter 1.[6][7]

All lyrics are written by Anand Bakshi.

1."Tridev (Prologue)"Naseeruddin Shah 
2."Main Teri Mohabbat Main"Mohammad Aziz & Sadhana Sargam 
3."Tirchi Topiwale"Amit Kumar & Sapna Mukherjee 
4."Gali Gali Mein Phirta Hai"Manhar Udhas, Alka Yagnik 
5."Gajar Ne Kiya Hai Ishara (Oye Oye)"Sadhana Sargam, Alka Yagnik & Sapna Mukherjee 
6."Main Teri Mohabbat Main (Part 2)"Sadhana Sargam 
7."Raat Bhar Jaam Se"Alisha Chinai 
8."Tirchi Topiwale (Part 2)"Amit Kumar & Sapna Mukherjee 
9."Oye Oye"Amit Kumar, Udit Narayan & Jolly Mukherjee 


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  2. ^ "Rajiv Rai keen to direct again - IBNLive". 13 October 2011. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Rajiv Rai relocates to Mumbai after 14 years of his run-in with the mafia - The Times of India". 10 July 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Bollywood celebs who were threatened by the underworld - The Times of India". 1 January 1970. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Tridev turns 30: How Rajiv Rai's 1989 film revitalised the Bollywood multistarrer". Firstpost. 7 July 2019. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  6. ^ Bollywood: Mouni Roy to recreate Tridev Song for Yash film KGF
  7. ^ Watch out for Mouni Roy's hot moves on Jackie Shroff's '80s song in KGF: Chapter 1

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