Chaahat (1996 film)

Directed by Mahesh Bhatt
Produced by Robin Bhatt
Viral Lakhia
Written by Robin Bhatt
Akash Khurana
Javed Siddiqui
Starring Shah Rukh Khan
Pooja Bhatt
Naseeruddin Shah
Anupam Kher
Ramya Krishna
Music by Anu Malik
Cinematography Ashok Behl
Edited by Bharat Singh
Distributed by Bhatt Productions
Release dates
7 June 1996
Running time
146 mins
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 5.25 crore (equivalent to 20 crore or US$3.0 million in 2016)[1]
Box office 12.48 crore (equivalent to 48 crore or US$7.1 million in 2016)[2]

Chaahat (Hindi: चाहत, Urdu: چاہت‎, translation: Desire) is a 1996 Bollywood romantic musical film by director Mahesh Bhatt. The cast of this film is Shahrukh Khan, Pooja Bhatt, Naseeruddin Shah, Ramya Krishna and Anupam Kher. Shahrukh Khan acquired right of this film from Mahesh Bhatt in October 2013.[3]


Roop Rathore (Shahrukh Khan) is a singer in Bombay just like his father (Anupam Kher), who is now sick and needs immediate medical care. One day, while he is singing at Ajay Narang's (Naseeruddin Shah) hotel, Ajay's sister Reshma (Ramya Krishnan) falls in love with Roop. Reshma is a spoiled girl and Ajay looks through all of her wishes. Unfortunately, Roop is in love with a doctor named Pooja (Pooja Bhatt). Meanwhile, Reshma is obsessed with Roop, and asks her brother to call him again to sing in their hotel. But when she sees that all the girls are flattered over Roop, she gets very angry, and asks him to sing only for her now onwards. But Roop would rather work for rival Patel (Shri Vallabh Vyas) than take this offer. Ajay's obsession with keeping his sister happy at all costs comes into play and Patel is brutally beaten by him until he agrees to throw Roop out of his hotel. Desperately in need of money for his father's operation, Roop has no option but to agree to Reshma. Roop breaks up with Pooja.

The operation of his father is successful, but his father is saddened by his situation and decides to leave Bombay. Roop later tries to leave Bombay himself, along with his father and Pooja, but his plans are interrupted when Reshma tries to commit suicide. Nevertheless, Pooja and Roop get married. Frustrated with such turn of events, Reshma and her brother Ajay devise many plans to make their life miserable. At the end of the movie, Roop's father is killed by Ajay, and when Roop tries to save Pooja, he and Ajay get involved in a fight. Reshma threatens to kill Pooja if Roop won't stop fighting with her brother.



# Title Singer(s) Length
1 "Dil Ki Tanhai Ko" Kumar Sanu, Shankar Mahadevan 07:28
2 "Chaahat Na Hoti " Vinod Rathod, Alka Yagnik 08:05
3 "Daddy Cool" Sudesh Bhosle, Devang Patel 08:23
4 "Kabhi Dil Se Kam Mohabbat" Kumar Sanu, Sadhana Sargam 05:23
5 "Nahi Lagta" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik 06:57
6 "Tumne Dikhaye Aise Sapne" Vinod Rathod 06:40
7 "Nahin Jeena Yaar Bina" Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy 05:55

Box office

Chaahat grossed 11.61 crore (US$1.7 million) in India and $250,000 (87.50 lakh) in other countries, for a worldwide total of 12.48 crore (US$1.9 million), against its 5.25 crore (US$780,000) budget. It had a worldwide opening weekend of 2.99 crore (US$440,000), and grossed 5.16 crore (US$770,000) in its first week.[2] It is the 14th-highest-grossing film of 1996 worldwide.[4]


It opened on Friday, 21 June 1996, across 190 screens, and earned 61 lakh (US$91,000) nett on its opening day. It grossed 1.77 crore (US$260,000) nett in its opening weekend, and had a first week of 3.05 crore (US$450,000) nett. The film earned a total of 6.87 crore (US$1.0 million) nett, and was declared "Below Average" by Box Office India.[2] It is the 15th-highest-grossing film of 1996 in India.[5]


It grossed $250,000 (87.50 lakh) outside India.[2] Overseas, It is the 4th-highest-grossing film of 1996.[6]

'Chaahat' worldwide collections breakdown
Territory Territory wise Collections break-up
India Nett Gross:
6.87 crore (US$1.0 million)
Distributor share:
3.46 crore (US$510,000)
Total Gross:
11.61 crore (US$1.7 million)
(Outside India)
$250,000 (87.50 lakh)
Worldwide 12.48 crore (US$1.9 million)


  1. ^ "Chaahat Budget". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Chaahat Box office". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Shah Rukh Khan acquires rights of his film 'Chahat' from Mahesh Bhatt". Indian Express. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Top Worldwide Grossers 1996". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Top India Total Nett Gross 1996". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Top Overseas Gross 1996". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 

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