Ankush (1986)


Ankush (1986)

Four unemployed youth Ravindra,Laliya,Shashi and Arjun spend their time on the street doing small jobs or else fooling with people they also have a rivalry with the gang of an opposite locality.They spend their time in a Veranda of a house but soon Anita and her grandmother come to and the four try tricks to shoo them away.Anita is working for a well known company once she saves Laliya from cops when he is found selling cinema tickets in black.She takes him along and the others also follow him where Ravindra shares his past how he was targeted when he tried to stop cheating happening in a examining center.They all are lodged in prison after a scuffle with rivalry gang.Anita manages to bail them out and guides them how they can start a new life by starting work of their own.The friends start a printing press with guidance of Anita and things are going well until Anita is brutally raped by her boss Saxena and his friends.
IMDb   7.6 /10
TheMovieDb    7.3 /10
Director N. Chandra
Writer N. Chandra
Writer Arun Kaul
Writer Sayed Sultan
Release Date1986-07-21
Runtime2h 29mins
GenreAction, Drama
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
Ravindra Kelkar 'Ravi'
Rabia Amin
Rabia Amin
Gajanan Bangera
Gajanan Bangera
Shashi's Elder Brother
Arjun Chakraborty
Arjun Chakraborty
Mala Jaggi
Mala Jaggi
Madan Jain
Madan Jain
Dinesh Kaushik
Dinesh Kaushik
Charan Raj
Charan Raj
Nisha Singh
Nisha Singh
(as Rajendranath Zutshi)


Ankush is a 1986 Hindi action drama movie starring Nana Patekar, which was written, directed, edited and co-produced by N. Chandra. Made on a modest budget of Rs 13 lakhs, the film grossed Rs 95 lakhs to become a surprise hit of 1986, the year when many blockbusters failed. It was remade in Kannada as Ravana Rajya. The song "Itni Shakti Dena Data" became the theme song of many nationalised banks in India, including PNB.

The film is still remembered for power packed performances of all actors including Ashalata Wabgaonkar, Nisha Singh, Nana Patekar and Madan Jain.Especially Nana got lime light in this movie.


It is a story of four lower middle class unemployed young men in Mumbai who feel disconnected with society and are wasting their lives away, when new neighbours, a young beautiful girl Anita and her grandmother, change their perspective. They change their attitude and try and blend in with the normal, honest and hard-working society of 1980s India when Anita is raped at the hands of her employers. However, the culprits are let off for the want of evidence and Anita takes the extreme step of suicide. They then take revenge of each and every culprit in a very novel way. It also shows their distrust in the law of the land. The movie has a tragic end with all four getting capital punishment for doing what they thought was correct, especially so when law of land fails to book the criminals for their wrongdoings.


  • Nana Patekar as Ravindra Kelkar aka Ravi
  • Nisha Singh as Anita
  • Madan Jain as Shashi
  • Arjun Chakraborty as Arjun
  • Mahavir Shah as Gupta
  • Raja Bundela as Saxena
  • Dinesh Kaushik as Dave
  • Rabia Amin as Manda
  • Gajanan Bangera as Shashi's elder brother
  • Ashalata Wabgaonkar as Anita's Grandmother
  • Suhas Palshikar as Laalya
  • Sathyajith - as Subhlya
  • Ravi Patwardhan - College Principal (Uncredited Role)
  • Raj Zutshi as Gay , who always behind the Shashi (Uncredited Role)


Chandra started his career with Gulzar in 1971, and later also worked as an editor with him. Influenced by Gulzar's Mere Apne (1971) and bringing in his experiences growing up in Mumbai, Chandra wrote a story of four frustrated unemployed men who roam the streets of Mumbai. He even based the character Ravindra upon the role played by Vinod Khanna in the original. The role of Ravindra was written with leading actor of Marathi cinema, Ravindra Mahajani in mind, however, later when Chandra couldn't afford him, however Nana Patekar was eager to do the same role and signed on for Rs. 10,000.


Although a small budget film with then unknown actors, the film was a big hit in Mumbai (then Bombay) as it realistically depicted social conditions prevailing then in the aftermath of famous Mumbai (then Bombay) cotton textile mills strike which rendered thousands jobless. The film stars a very young Nana Patekar, and has an excellent and memorable Bhajan of Indian Cinema : "Itni Shakti Humen De Na Daata" (इतनी शक्ति हमें देना दाता) by Ghanshyam Wasvani.

Writer, Editor, Director and co-producer N.Chandra earned both popular and also critical acclaim for this film. N. Chandra scored a hat-trick at the box office with his first three films, Ankush (1986), Pratighaat (1987) and Tezaab (1988). Ankush has earned the status of a cult classic over time, and the ending scene which symbolizes their hanging in front of the India Gate has received much attention. The film is one of the first realistic depictions of inner city adolescents growing up in an atmosphere of social and economic deprivation.


1" Uparwala Kya Maangega Humse Koi Jawab"
2"Itani Shakti Hamen De Na Daataa"Poornima, Pushpa Pagdhare
3"Aaya Maaza Dildara, Dil Hamara Na Aawara"Poornima


The film was remade in Tamil as Kavithai Paada Neramillai and in Kannada as Ravana Rajya.