10MADHURI DIXIT –KHAL NAYAK
Actress Madhuri Dixit was on peak of her career when she decided to take a different route and played a cop in the Subhash Ghai directorial ‘Khalnayak’. Though the film had all important ingredients of a typical Madhuri Dixit entertainer like dance, drama and romance, ‘Khalnayak’ brought more to the fore and became an instant hit at the ticket window.
The story of the film revolves around Ballu Balram (Sanjay Dutt), country’s most wanted criminal who works for Don Roshida. Soon after being caught by the Police in connection with the murder of a politician and then put behind the bar in a jail led by warden Inspector Ram Kumar Sinha (Jackie Shroff), Ballu manages to run away, denting the reputation of Ram. To restore the reputation of her fiancé Ram, Ganga (Madhuri Dixit), who works as sub-inspector in a women’s prison, decides to pass herself off as a dancer and becomes a part of Ballu’s gang. Soon Ballu develops some feelings for her. Though she doesn’t reciprocate his love for her because she is already engaged to Ram, she develops sympathy for Ballu after knowing him better and what all he had gone through in his personal life. Going against the promise she made to Ram, Ganga decides to help Ballu escape the police again. While Ganga is arrested and charged with treason, Ballu meets his mother (Rakhee) for the first time after six years, only to find out she has been collaborating with Ram to save her son’s life. Once again, Ballu feels betrayed by everyone and now what all he wants is to become the world’s most dreaded villain. But once he comes to know that Ganga is about to go on trial for aiding him, he appears before the court and surrenders.
Released on 6th August, 1993, the film opened to packed houses all over India. The audience and critics unanimously praised the film, its gripping storyline, great performances and balanced direction. Madhuri Dixit’s sincere act of a secret police officer on duty to snare a deadly terrorist was liked by one and all. The success of the film re-established her position as the reigning queen of Bollywood.
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