‘The title of Khalnayak was Be Negative then.’
‘I had began engaged on the screenplay with Hollywood writers.’
‘And then after three-four months…


IMAGE: Subhash Ghai with Ramya Krishnan and Sanjay Dutt on the units of Khalnayak. Photograph: Kind courtesy Subhash Ghai/Instagram

Thirty years in the past, Subhash Ghai turned Sanjay Dutt, a longtime Hindi movie hero, right into a villain in his 1983 movie Khalnayak.

The pattern will not be new.

In the Nineteen Forties, Ashok Kumar had popularised the anti-hero with Kismet.

In the identical 12 months, we noticed Shah Rukh Khan as a psychotic killer in Baazigar.

“Will Sanjay Dutt return in Khalnayak 2? Wait and watch,” Subhash Ghai tells Rediff.com Senior Contributor Roshmila Bhattacharya.


‘The concept got here to me after I was on trip’


I labored on the script of Khalnayak for three years.

The concept got here to me after I was within the US on a trip.

I was staying with tennis ace-turned-Hollywood movie producer Ashok Amritraj and he urged I make a small movie there.

I narrated this concept to him and he favored it.

We bought it registered with the Writer’s Association there and despatched the story to the brokers of two prime Hollywood actors.

Eddie Murphy was approached for Sanjay Dutt’s position whereas Omar Sharif was supplied Jackie Shroff’s position.

The title was Be Negative then.

They favored it and negotiations have been happening.

I began engaged on the screenplay with Hollywood writers.

But after two-three months, I realised the working tradition within the US was very completely different from that in Mumbai.

They would ship mails to one another on daily basis, however not often met.

I didn’t suppose I would slot in Hollywood and will make movies in competitors.

So I returned to Mumbai.

For me, to at the present time, it is very important excel in what I do.

Else, I might quite not work.

Khalnayak was a dholakwala who comes out of Yervada Jail’


Since I favored the topic, I made a decision to show it right into a small price range, artwork, movie.

But the story and character of the khalnayak was very completely different then.

He was a dholakwala who comes out of Pune’s Yervada Jail and heads for Mumbai.

There is a chase in the midst of which he meets his mom.

In the Hollywood model, Eddie Murphy’s character meets Isha, a Japanese, whom we become the mom within the Hindi model.

After the primary draft of the brand new script was prepared, I referred to as Nana Patekar. He favored it.

But after I narrated it to my writers and different fellow members, they urged I flip it right into a industrial movie since I must work simply as arduous.

That’s after I introduced in Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff and Madhuri Dixit.

So, there have been three drafts of the identical script in three completely different colleges of film-making.

‘The villain is a tragic hero in my eyes’


The villain is often the favorite of the plenty, notably kids.

He is stronger than the hero, who has numerous virtues due to God’s blessings, his mom, the heroine’s love and assist, and naturally, future.

Having researched the psychology of the villain and his philosophy of life, I’ve come to grasp that what defines the villain is that he’s in a self-destructive mode as a result of he doesn’t get what he desires.

What he does get is punishment, even loss of life, on the finish and that makes him a tragic hero in my eyes.

That’s why I made a decision to make a movie on him referred to as Khalnayak.

I had Raavan in thoughts who was a smart, clever and highly effective king, but he abducts Sita and in doing so usne apne maut ko bulaya (he invited his personal loss of life).

He would not get her, however tarnishes his personal repute and turns into a villain within the eyes of each era.

With this thought, this psychology and philosophy, I moved forward.

‘Anil wished to play the khalnayak, he was able to even go bald’


To at the present time, I do not write a script with actors in thoughts.

It is just after the script is full that I consider the casting, maintaining in thoughts the supply and viability of the actor, how pleasant he’s with me and his religion in me as a film-maker.

When Anil Kapoor heard about this script, he visited me at dwelling and advised me he wished to play the khalnayak.

He was even able to go bald for the position.

Anil is a passionate, gifted and versatile actor who likes to experiment.

I advised him that on this case, the character didn’t swimsuit him.

If he insisted on taking part in Ballu, tu bhi doobega aur major bhi doobunga (we might each drown).

Anil understood, and we stay pals.

I wrote the character of Vikrant Kapoor (for him) in my 1999 movie, Taal.

I had labored with Sanjay Dutt earlier in Vidhaata.

A decade had handed since and he had matured right into a extra polished and disciplined actor.

With his giant eyes, harmless face and his motion expertise, I believed Sanju was finest suited to play my khalnayak, Balaram Prasad aka Ballu, who was pushed to crime by circumstances.

I referred to as him over and Sanju was joyful to just accept the position on my phrases and situations.

I advised him that he must work very arduous and he did not disappoint me.

I’ve seen Sanjay Dutt toil until 2 am.

‘I’m wanting ahead to working with Jackie in future’

For the position of the cop, Inspector Ram Kumar Sinha, I solid my Hero.

Jackie Shroff is Mukta Art’s most devoted expertise.

With his beauty, charisma and the way in which he interacts with the digicam, he can create magic on display.

It’s simply that he would not know the way to market himself so sometimes he finally ends up doing small roles.

But he’s one in all our most interesting actors and a fantastic human being.

Everyone loves Jackie, and I like him probably the most.

I’m wanting ahead to working with him in future too.

‘Ganga’s character was not there within the authentic script’


Madhuri got here to me as a stupendous, harmless lady, a devoted pupil of cinema.

For her, there’s nothing greater than appearing.

I’ll have supported her within the early days, however I am unable to take credit score for her success.

She’s labored very arduous to grow to be The Madhuri Dixit.

When the script was narrated to Eddie Murphy and Omar Sharif, there was no heroine.

Ganga’s character was not there within the authentic.

We integrated Gangotri Agnihotri aka Ganga after we determined to make the movie in Hindi.

I turned Ganga right into a cop so she will be able to go undercover to catch Ballu after he escapes from jail and Ram’s repute is in tatters.

She desires to be kidnapped so she will be able to facilitate his seize.

Along the way in which, he falls in love together with her whereas she, realising that intrinsically he is an excellent man, tries to rehabilitate him.

She even stops the police from capturing him, permitting him to flee because of which her skilled credentials and private repute is tarnished.

Here, I drew a parallel between her and Sita whose repute can also be tarnished due to the time she spent in Ashok Vatika despite the fact that Raavan by no means touched her.

It was solely proper that Ballu ought to return and exonerate her in depend.

I all the time have our epics, Ramayan and Mahabharat, in thoughts when I’m writing a script, they’re my everlasting muses.

I had the choice of casting one other actress as Ganga, however I zeroed in on Madhuri as a result of we have been snug with one another and she or he lived the character.

‘Controversies are part of the leisure world, hoga hello hoga


When we determined to show Khalnayak right into a industrial movie, I integrated songs and dances into the narrative.

I write my music into my scripts, it is an integral a part of the narrative, and I had written the road, ‘Ji haan, major hoon khalnayak‘.

It was picked up and developed by Bakshisaab (lyricist Anand Bakshi) and my composer duo, Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

They turned this line into the chartbuster.

Nayak nahin khal nayak hai tu, zulmi bada dukhdayak hai tum iss pyar ki tujko kya kadar, iss payar ke kahan layak hai tu,’ the lyrics embody the essence of Ballu.

Not simply the title observe, the Khalnayak album had many different hit songs which nonetheless resonate, together with Palki Mein Hoke Sawar Chali Re, Pyar Ki Ganga Bahe, O Maa Tujhe Salaam and, in fact, Choli Ke Peechey Kya Hai.

The latter was penned by Bakshisaab, and within the subsequent two traces itself, he answered the query, saying, ‘Choli mein dil hai mera, chunri mein dil hai mera, yeh dil mein doongi mere yaar ko, pyar ko‘.

Yet, the track created such a furore.

Controversies are part of the leisure world, hoga hello hoga.

When it is a movie or a track, folks will discover double meanings in something you say. You should stay with it.

What was heartening is that Tips Music bought 1 crore (10 million) cassettes in only a week and created historical past.

The track received Saroj Khan the Filmfare Award for Best Choreography.

Alka Yagnik and Ila Arun collectively took dwelling the award for Best Playback Singer (Female).

Chinta toh hogi when kids are in hassle’

An even bigger downside was when Sanjay Dutt was arrested on April 19, 1993, beneath TADA and the Arms Act for his alleged position within the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts and jailed.

We had accomplished the movie by then, however you’ll nonetheless be disturbed if one thing like this occurs together with your lead actor.

In Sanjay’s case, he wasn’t simply one other actor.

I was very near Duttsaab (Sunil Dutt, Sanjay’s actor-film-maker father) and Sanju had been household since Vidhaata.

Chinta toh hogi when kids are in hassle.

We suggested him to inform the reality and he was launched on bail in May, however re-arrested in July.

However, this didn’t have an effect on the movie’s field workplace run.

‘Will Sanjay Dutt return in Khalnayak 2?’

I had 11 premieres in Delhi, 11 on Mumbai and 10 in Kolkata.

During each present, there have been a minimum of 10,000 folks ready exterior the theatre. Such was the curiosity the movie generated!

It’s been 30 years since Khalnayak opened on August 6, 1993, however until at the moment, I’m requested when the sequel is releasing.

I’ve written a implausible script and we have now been engaged on it in-house for the final three-four years.

But the timing and the setting should be proper.

As quickly as we finalise that, we are going to make an announcement.

Will Sanjay Dutt return in Khalnayak 2?

Wait and watch.

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