Karma (1986 film)

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Directed by Subhash Ghai
Written by
Produced bySubhash Ghai
CinematographyKamalakar Rao
Edited by
  • Waman Bhonsle
  • Gurudutt Shirali
Music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Distributed by
Release date
  • 8 August 1986 (1986-08-08)
Running time
194 mins
Country India
Language Hindi

Karma (Hindi:कर्मा) is a 1986 Bollywood action film directed by Subhash Ghai and featuring an ensemble cast including Dilip Kumar, Nutan, Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Naseeruddin Shah, Sridevi, Poonam Dhillon and Anupam Kher. The film reunites Subhash Ghai and Dilip Kumar after the success of their last film together Vidhaata (1982). The film also marked the first time Dilip Kumar was paired with veteran actress Nutan.


Plot summary

Rana Vishwa Pratap Singh, an ex-high ranking police officer is in charge of a jail that successfully reforms criminals. He is informed that Dr. Michael Dang, the head of a major terrorist organisation who is captured, and he is held in his prison due to its remote location. Dang assaults a jail warden during an argument. Vishwa slaps Dang, that's highly insulting in Indian culture. Dang vows revenge on him.

While Vishwa is away, Dang's army free him. They set about destroying the prison and killing Vishwa's family who live nearby. However, his wife is spared. After a period of mourning, Vishwa embarks on a mission to bring Dang's organisation to justice. The mission is approved by Indian government, and Vishwa successfully recruits Baiju Thakur, Johnny/Gyaneshwar, and an ex-terrorist Khairuddin Chishti.

Under the guise of being forest ranger, Vishwa sets up base around the Indian border near where they believe Dang's compound is located. Vishwa, Baiju, Johnny and Chishti form a strong bond during their training. Baiju and Johnny fall in love with Radha and Tulsi, respectively. Chishti pleads with Vishwa to let Baiju and Johnny leave as he believes they have been reformed. Vishwa is unhappy.

As far as Vishwa is concerned they are here to complete the mission only. The terrorists shoot him while he protects Baiju, Johnny and Chishti who are locked in a nearby building. Vishwa is hospitalised. The three soldiers are distraught and realise they need to complete the mission for Singh. They then receive intelligence on the exact location of Dr Dangs compound which they successfully infiltrate. With the help of hostages (who are Indian army soldiers) who have been held captive by the terrorists, they set about destroying the compound and killing the terrorists. It soon becomes apparent that the destruction of the heavily guarded munitions centre is the only way the terrorists organisation can be defeated. Khairuddin hatches a plan that involves driving a truck filled with explosives into the heart of the building. Baiju and Johnny argue that the plan is too dangerous and they would all be killed in the process. However Khairuddin wants to sacrifice himself so that his friends can enjoy their new found freedom. Baiju and Johnny are forcibly removed off the truck by Khairuddin who then goes on to destroy the munitions centre at the cost of his life. Johnny and Baiju return to the main compound and kill the remaining terrorists bringing the battle to its conclusion. Singh, having made a swift recovery, joins the battle and kills Dr.Dang thus completing the mission.

The two surviving soldiers are awarded bravery medals and a posthumous award is granted to Khairuddin. Singh and the two soldiers form a long lasting friendship.


Dilip Kumar Rana Vishwa Pratap Singh/Dada Thakur
Nutan Rukmani V.P. SinghDada Thakur's Wife
Anil Kapoor Jonny/Gayaneshwar
Jackie Shroff Baiju Thakur
Naseeruddin Shah Khairuddin Chishti
Sridevi RadhaBaiju's Love Interest
Poonam Dhillon TulsiJonny's Love Interest
Anupam Kher Dr. Michael DangThe Main Antagonist
Dara Singh DharmaDada Thakur's Friend
Kishori ShahaneKhairuddin's Wife
Shakti Kapoor Jagga/JollyDharma's younger brother
Tom Alter RexonDr. Dang's Henchman
Manik Irani GoonDr. Dang's Henchman
Satyanarayana Kaikala Kittam KittuRadha's Uncle
Bindu ChachiTulsi's Aunt
Sharat Saxena Local GoonChachi's Man
Shammi MausiDharma's Aunt
C.S. Dubey Villager
Satish Kaul Sunil Pratap SinghDada Thakur's Eldest Son
Beena Sunil's Wife
Shashi Puri Anil Pratap SinghDada Thakur's 2nd Son
Jugal Hansraj Dada Thakur's youngest son(child artist)
Mukri Chotte KhanPoliceman in Dada Thakur's Jail
Viju Khote Police Man
Vinod NagpalMinister Tripathi
Dan Dhanoa Indian Army officerIn BSO's prison
Subhash Ghai Pedestrian with bicycle on his shoulderSpecial Appearance


1"Karma (Introduction)"Dilip Kumar
2"Mera Karma Tu" Manhar Udhas, Mohammad Aziz, Suresh Wadkar
3"Aye Watan Tere Liye"Mohammad Aziz, Kavita Krishnamurthy
4"Aye Sanam Tere Liye" Dilip Kumar, Mohammad Aziz, Kavita Krishnamurthy
5"Maine Rab Se Tujhe"Manhar Udhas, Anuradha Paudwal
6"De Daru" Kishore Kumar, Mahendra Kapoor, Manhar Udhas
7"Na Jaiyo Pardes"Kishore Kumar, Kavita Krishnamurthy
8"Aye Mohabbat Teri Dastan"Anuradha Paudwal

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