25 years of Krishna

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The 1996 action film ‘Krishna’ directed by Deepak Shivdasani, starring Sunil Shetty, Karisma Kapoor, Om Puri, Shakti Kapoor, Tinnu Anand and Kulbhushan Kharbanda completed 25 years of its release this year. The makers and cast of the film seem to feel nostalgic about it as they tweet. The movie has also given us evergreen hits which is another reason why it is still popular. Suniel performed “Jhanjhariya” from the movie with the hook step of it on a reality show.

‘Krishna’ (1996) was Suniel Shetty’s only hit film back in that timeline and praises were showered on the tracks especially “Jhanjhariya” so much so that everyone in the industry was humming its tunes. Not only was this film Shetty’s only box-office hit but it also projected him as a solo hero. This movie was released in Canada, Vancouver and British Columbia. The movie featured Suniel Shetty in a dual role paired with Karishma Kapoor and Om Puri Shakti, Kapoor Mohan and Joshi Tinu Anand.

The movie was inspired by the film ‘Meri Aawaz Suno’ (1981) which itself was a remake and it was also inspired by the Hollywood movie ‘Bord on a Wire’ (1993). This revolves around a new goon of the underworld and a prisoner who is out of jail for a mission with the undercover name ‘Krishna’. The story and screenplay of this film were written by Tinnu Anand who was also seen acting in this film. The movie was a box office success during that time.

The soundtrack was Anu Malik’s compositions. Nida Fazli, Anwar Sagar, Anand Raaj Anand, and Madan Pal gave words to the songs. The famous song “Jhanjhariya” was sung by Abhijeet and Alka Yagnik. It was a party anthem then and still continues to be one. Although it was re-adapted from Anand Raaj Anand’s “Babu Tips Music” album, it had a larger fanbase. Kumar Sanu and Sadhana Sargam lent their voices for the romantic number “Koi Kaise Mohabbat”.  The movie has a total of seven tracks and all of them are melodious. Even after 25 years of the movie, the tracks are hummed by many for the uniqueness it has.

Suniel and Karisma Kapoor’s chemistry was another X factor in the movie. The subtleness of it stole hearts. The character of Krishna always attracted the audience’s sympathy who made his way out amidst the ongoing tragedy. The climax that ended the movie was highly unrealistic but heroic enough to justify his name. Sunil aka Krishna takes up a Sudarshan Chakra from an idol of Lord Krishna and beheads Amar with it. The title of the movie proved appropriate as the symbolism of the name was established.

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