2 hrs 33 mins
Writer/Director Aditya Bhattacharya`s dystopian vision of modern India made Raakh an instant cult classic when released in 1989 and immediately became a benchmark film for gangster noir from which celebrated directors like Sudhir Mishra, Ram Gopal Varma and Vinod Chopra drew inspiration. The film was one of Bollywood multi-hyphenate Aamir Khan`s first starring roles and won for him a Filmfare award Best Actor nomination and a jury mention at the Indian National Awards. Pankaj Kapur won the National Award for Best Supporting Actor. The film also marked the debut of Sreekar Prasad, who won the National Award for Best Editing and ace cinematographer Santosh Sivan. After witnessing the public humiliation and abuse of a female friend, a young man vows to avenge her by going after the hoodlums responsible. He is guided by a burnt-out, cynical cop, who shows him the ropes as well as the realities of vigilante life.