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Dushmani A Violent Love Story (1996)

  • Release Date1996
  • GenreAction
  • FormatColor
  • LanguageHindi
  • Run Time163 mins
  • Gauge35mm
  • Censor RatingU/A
  • Shooting LocationMehboob Studio, Film City, Filmistan, Natraj, RK Studio

"DUSHMANI" as the name suggests, is a story that weaves itself around the plaque of enimity that threatens to destroy friendships and normal values. It's ultimate portrayal is the triumph of love over hate, peace over war and justice over injustice.

The 'eye of the storm' in this tale of enmity is lovely Rama (Deepti Naval) who was the beloved of Jai Singh (Jackie Shroff). Best Friend Oberoi (Anupam Kher) finds himself fatally attracted to the same girl. Lies, blackmail and fear psychology are resorted to in order to get Rama to marry Oberoi.

Kingpin of the underworld Sardar Saab (Manohar Singh) tries several times to bring the two swom enemies Oberoi and Jai Singh to bury the hatchet... but in vain! The outcome is the elimination of the peace maker and bloodshed becomes the order of the day.

In the midst of this power struggle, unknown to both warring parties, love strikes between Jai Singh's younger brother Suraj (Sunny Deol) and the ravishin sister of Oberoi, Sapna (Manisha Koirala). Love waxes eloquent on screen. Interested with melodies songs, the beautiful portrayal of this romance is sheer magic, lending a softness to the film.
With love in the air and battle on the ground, the fate of the two lovers seems to be hanging somewhere in between! One clandestine meeting after another follows with the help of Raghu (Raghuveer Yadav) and bhabhi Rama, who, trapped in farcical marriage to Oberoi wants Sapna to at least know the joy of the true love.

A superb piece of comedy enacted by Suraj's auto rickshaw driver friend Raghu provides a humourous break to the tension that has been building up. The same rickshaw driver friends is killed by Oberoi's gang to create the bait for drawing the till-now-dormant Suraj into the dangerous game of enmity. The sleeping tiger in Suraj is provoked and seeing red, he seeks vengeance. Enmity is reinforced and love takes back-seat for now. However as his beloved Sapna reminds him of his original vow to abstain from violence, love is re-kindled and the duo decide to run away from the complicated urban atmosphere to the simple living of the village Headed for Suraj's native village, the story meanders around the rustic rural life.

The story takes several twists as Jai Singh traces the lovers down to the village, tries to separate the two and finally succumbs to the power of love that has so far kept the lovers united.

Deciding to do the right thing, Jai Singh takes the Sapna back to her brother Oberoi and offers the olive branch to him to restore their friendship.

Oberoi has no such intention and the story takes violent twists with an all-out firing between the two gangs. Admist the spray of bullets, high flames and burnt buildings.

Rama has a heart rending scene where she begs for peace knowing that she had been the reason for this ugly enmity.

Will the tyranny of hatred be wiped out?

Will love reigs supreme and the two lovers unite forever?

(From the official press booklet)