Anil Kapoor was undoubtedly the blockbuster king of the ’80s and ’90s Indian cinemas. Every drama he headlined broke the box office records to become a massive success. One such film that, to date, is counted amongst the iconic ones is ‘Ram Lakhan’ (1989).
Released today on January 27, thirty three years ago, Anil Kapoor’s ‘Ram Lakhan’ earned acclaim right off the bat. From a taut storyline to vibrant performances to a memorable music album, the film had everything that represents the Indian culture of cinema. The evergreen star took the audience on a hero’s journey in which two brothers, Ram Pratap Singh (Jackie Shroff) and Lakhan Pratap Singh (Anil Kapoor) take revenge against villains Bhishambar (Amrish Puri) and Bhanu (Paresh Rawal).
As Lakhan, a street-smart ‘tapori’ (vagabond) and over-ambitious young man, Anil Kapoor played various shades. The actor beautifully aced his character arch and lit the screen with his infectious chemistry with Madhuri Dixit Nene.
Apart from making an indelible mark on the audience with his performance, Anil Kapoor’s famous song “My Name Is Lakhan”, among others, still holds the same command over the viewers.
Directed by Subhash Ghai, the iconic ‘Ram Lakhan’ had a talented ensemble of cast, Dimple Kapadia, Saeed Jaffery, Amrish Puri, Anu Kapoor, Gulshan Grover, Raza Murad, Anupam Kher and Satish Kaushik.