Shakti (1982 film)

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Directed by Ramesh Sippy
Produced by Mushir Alam
Mohammad Riaz
Written by Salim-Javed
Starring Dilip Kumar
Amitabh Bachchan
Smita Patil
Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Amrish Puri
Anil Kapoor
BP Saxena
Music by R.D. Burman
Cinematography S.M. Anwar
Edited by M. S. Shinde
Release dates
  • 1 October 1982 (1982-10-01) (India)
Running time
167 mins
Country India
Language Hindi

Shakti (English: Strength) is a 1982 Bollywood action crime drama film directed by Ramesh Sippy and starring Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Raakhee, Smita Patil and Amrish Puri with Anil Kapoor in a special appearance. It was written by the famous writing duo Salim-Javed and produced by Mushir-Riaz. Shakti was notable for being the first and only film to feature veteran actors Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan together on screen.[1] Considered to be one of the greatest films in the history of Indian cinema, it went on to win several Filmfare awards among which were Best Film and Best Actor which was awarded to Dilip Kumar. The movie had a similar storyline as that of the 1974 Tamil movie Thanga Pathakkam which went on to be remade in Hindi in 1982 as Farz Aur Kanoon. The story focuses on a police officer and his son. When the son is kidnapped, the police officer says that he will not betray the law, even if that means death for his son. His son escapes, but grows up to be a rebellious young man, who still loves his father, but does not want anything to do with his father anymore, and his main mission is to eliminate the criminals who abducted him years ago.


An ex-cop Ashwini Kumar learns that his grandson Ravi Kumar wants to follow his footsteps. Kumar thinks that his grandson is taking this decision in a flow of emotions, without taking into consideration its implications. To warn his grandson about the dangers and pitfalls of the profession, Kumar decides to tell his own story. How the grandson makes his decision that would affect his whole life is the crux of the story.


Retired Commissioner of Police Ashwini Kumar (Dilip Kumar) is at the railway station to receive his teenage grandson Ravi (Anil Kapoor), who has just returned after completing his B.A. exams. On being asked by his grandfather about his future plans, Ravi promptly replies that he wants to become a police officer and serve his country, just like his grandfather. Kumar tells him that the journey of being a police officer is fraught with many arduous challenges, and Ravi should reconsider his decision. Kumar starts by explaining his own life story in a flashback.

Inspector Ashwini Kumar Dilip Kumar has a happy family, consisting of his wife Sheetal (Raakhee) and a newborn son. In the course of purging the city of crime, Ashwini takes up cudgels against a dreaded gangster named J.K. Verma (Amrish Puri). He arrests a key henchman of J.K. named Yashwant in order to decimate J.K.'s supremacy. However, J.K. takes matters into his own hands and abducts Vijay. J.K. calls up Ashwini and tries to strike a deal: Yashwant's freedom in lieu of Vijay's life. Kumar, a virtuous cop, tells J.K. on the phone that even if his only son is killed in the process, he will not betray the law. Unknown to Ashwini, the abducted Vijay is also listening to this conversation. He is shocked and pained to hear his father's words and his lackadaisical attitude towards his own flesh and blood.

With no help forthcoming, Vijay takes it upon himself to escape his abductors. Whilst the entire gang is searching for Vijay, K.D.Narang (Kulbhushan Kharbanda), another goon in J.K.'s gang, finds Vijay but pities the helpless child and helps him escape to safety. The police trace J.K.'s hideout, but find that Vijay is missing. Vijay manages to escape and reaches home safely, but Vijay slowly and surely distances himself from his father.

As the years pass by, Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan), who has now become a young man, begins resenting his father and his father's love for upholding the law. During a chance encounter, Vijay rescues a young lady named Roma (Smita Patil) from 4 rowdy men who try to molest her. Vijay and Roma begin to form a close relationship. During a job interview for the post of Assistant Manager of a Hotel, K.D. Narang, the owner of the Hotel, happens to be passing by. He interjects the interview and promptly hires Vijay. Vijay remembers K.D. Narang as the person who had saved his life and decides to work in whatever capacity required with the man he perceives he owes his life to.

The duo, J.K. and K.D., have now become sworn enemies in their illegal businesses, so J.K. decides to remove his thorns before they suck the blood out of him and his business. J.K. tries to get K.D. killed, but Vijay rescues K.D. with his presence of mind. Vijay reminisces to K.D. how Vijay owes his life to K.D., and now Vijay becomes K.D.'s right hand man.

Ashwini resents the growing proximity between Vijay and K.D. Narang, so he asks Vijay to leave his house. Vijay moves in with Roma, and they start living together, without marriage. Sheetal tries to persuade her son to leave the path of wrong, but in vain. Later, Roma reveals to Vijay that she is pregnant with his child (Ravi), so Vijay marries her.

When journalists cross-question Ashwini about his conflict of interest - his own son being a renowned gangster in K.D.'s gang, but he is the Deputy Commissioner of Police - the Commissioner of Police (Ashok Kumar) asks Ashwini to forego the case. Ashwini, however, requests for 48 hours to capture and bring Vijay and the other nefarious gangsters to justice, failing which Ashwini will resign. K.D., Vijay and most of J.K.'s gangsters are caught, but J.K. remains absconding. J.K. takes it upon himself to eliminate his troubles once and for all by killing Ashwini. Instead, Sheetal is killed by J.K. whilst trying to shield her husband. An enraged Vijay escapes the police and proceeds to start hunting for J.K.'s head. During the interrogation of one of J.K.'s henchmen, Vijay learns that J.K. has plans to leave India using fake credentials.

Following up on the tip, Vijay arrives at the airport, and ultimately succeeds in killing J.K., thereby avenging his mother's death. Ashwini succeeds in tracking down Vijay and asks Vijay not to escape, but in vain. A teary-eyed Ashwini pulls the trigger, mortally wounding his son in the process. Ashwini rushes towards him and in a tearful goodbye, Vijay realizes his mistake and asks for forgiveness, saying to his father that he always loved him very much.

The scene cuts to the present and a tearful Ashwini reiterates to Ravi, asking him whether he wants to follow his decision of being a police office. Ravi, despite hearing the heartbreaking story, firmly replies in the affirmative. Kumar and Roma, Ravi's mother, give Ravi their blessings. Ravi takes a train and leaves, signifying that he would become an officer in the future.



Both Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan were nominated for the Best Actor award but it was Dilip Kumar who eventually won it. Amitabh Bachchan had a total of 3 nominations in the category that year.

The film was critically acclaimed and won many accolades listed below:

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
1983 Mushir Alam, Mohammad Riaz Filmfare Award for Best Film Won
Dilip Kumar Filmfare Award for Best Actor Won
Amitabh Bachchan Filmfare Award for Best Actor Nominated
Raakhee Filmfare Award for Best Actress Nominated
Ramesh Sippy Filmfare Award for Best Director Nominated


The song "Jane Kaise Kab Kahan" is an evergreen hit.

All lyrics written by Anand Bakshi; all music composed by R.D. Burman.

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Ae Aasman Bata"   Mahendra Kapoor  
2. "Hamne Sanam Ko Khat Likha"   Lata Mangeshkar  
3. "Jane Kaise Kab Kahan"   Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar  
4. "Mangi Thi Ek"   Mahendra Kapoor  


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