Zakhm (transl. Wound) is a 1998 Indian Hindi-language drama film[1] written and directed by Mahesh Bhatt and produced by Mahesh and Pooja Bhatt. The film stars Ajay Devgn, Kunal Khemu, Pooja Bhatt, Sonali Bendre and Nagarjuna.

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Movie poster for Zakhm
Directed byMahesh Bhatt
Written byGirish Dhamija (dialogues)
Screenplay byTanuja Chandra
Mahesh Bhatt
Story byMahesh Bhatt
Produced byMukesh Bhatt
Pooja Bhatt
StarringAjay Devgn
Pooja Bhatt
Sonali Bendre
Kunal Khemu
Akshay Anand
CinematographyNirmal Jani
Edited bySanjay Sankla
Music byM. M. Keeravani
Pooja Bhatt Productions
Release date
  • 25 December 1998 (1998-12-25)
Running time
126 minutes

Zakhm was awarded with the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration. Devgn's performance won him his first National Film Award for Best Actor.


Music director Ajay argues with his wife, Sonia. Sonia wants to give birth to their child in England whereas Ajay wants his child to be born in India and does not want to go to England (because of the insecurity caused by the Mumbai riots).

Ajay soon learns that his mother has been burned by a group of Muslim rioters while leaving a temple and is in a critical condition. In a flashback, the struggles that his mother had to undergo to raise her children are shown. She was in love with a Hindu film producer Raman Desai but was not allowed to marry him on account of her Muslim faith. He marries her but does not document or acknowledge their marriage as it was done without any traditional upholdings. As she had children with a Hindu man, naturally she lives her later life as a Hindu, even in front of her son.

After his father's sudden death caused by an accident on the day Ajay's younger brother is born, Ajay realizes his mother is a Muslim. She makes him promise to bury her according to her faith when she dies, for it is only through a proper burial that she will be able to find herself reunited with her lover in heaven. She also takes a promise from Ajay that he will never tell his brother about her real identity. Ajay's mother succumbs to the burns. Sonia learns about her mother-in-law's past life and decides not to leave Ajay. She stands by him and supports his decision to bury his mother. However, Ajay's task is impeded by a fundamentalist leader Subodhbhai, who wanted to make this a political issue and encouraged the Hindu youth to kill Muslims. Anand happens to be a youth leader and Ajay's younger brother. But when Anand learns of Subodhbhai's intentions, he stands by his brother's decision to bury their mom according to Islamic customs. Her body is buried as she had desired, and she reunites with Raman in heaven. At last, Ajay is seen releasing his mother's Mangalsutra in the sea, indicating the end of her life of struggle and meeting with her husband.



Film score by
LabelHMV Audio

The music was composed by M. M. Keeravani with lyrics by Anand Bakshi. The soundtrack was released by the HMV Audio Company. The composer selected Chitra for " Gali main aaj Chand nikala " but due to unknown reasons the song was later sung by Alka Yagnik.

1."Gali Mein Aaj Chaand Nikla"Alka Yagnik5:07
2."Hum Yahan Tum Yahan (Male)"Kumar Sanu4:52
3."Maa Ne Kaha (Male)"M. M. Keeravani2:48
4."Padh Likh Ke"Alka Yagnik4:35
5."Hum Yahan Tum Yahan (Female)"Alka Yagnik4:52
6."Maa Ne Kaha (Female)"Chitra2:47
7."Raat Sari Bekaraari Mein"Alka Yagnik5:04
8."Maa Ne Kaha (Sad)"M. M. Kreem1:29
9."Gali Mein Aaj Chaand Nikla (Sad)"Alka Yagnik3:06
Total length:34:40


Mukhtar Anjoom of Deccan Herald wrote that "Mahesh Bhatt foolishly swerves and rams the brakes while cruising along a solid theme. By making it personalized, he fails to tackle the wider ramifications of divisive politics and fritters away the opportunity to make a masterpiece of his swansong".[2]


National Film Awards
Screen Awards

TV seriesEdit

The story has been adapted into a TV series, named Naamkarann, airing on STAR Plus from September 2016.[5]


  1. ^ Khanna, Anish (25 December 1998). "Film Review – Zakhm". Planet Bollywood. Archived from the original on 5 November 2008. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Cinema Reviews - Deccan Herald".
  3. ^ Namrata, Nongpiur (21 May 2011). "10 National Award Winning Actors of Bollywood". Mens XP. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  4. ^ Chatterjee, Saibal (1 March 1999). "That's No Shooting Star". Outlook. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  5. ^ Singh, Anvita (28 July 2016). "Mahesh Bhatts TV show based on Zakhm to star Viraf Patel and Barkha Bisht?". India Today. Retrieved 6 September 2016.

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