35 years of Aamir Khan-starrer Raakh: 9 lesser-known facts about the dark crime drama: Bollywood News

The expression ‘multiplex cinema’ emerged after the rise of multiplexes in India around the turn of the new millennium. These are generally films that do not provide conventional entertainment as they focus on unconventional stories and are more suitable for film festivals. They are also called ‘arthouse films’. An important feature of these films is that they do not feature major stars.

35 years of Aamir Khan-starrer Raakh: 9 lesser-known facts about the dark crime drama

Aamir Khan made such a ‘multiplex film’ when ‘multiplex films’ didn’t even exist yet. He collaborated with filmmaker Aditya Bhattacharya for a film called Raakhreleased in 1989. Along with him, it also had names who later became popular actors: Pankaj Kapoor, Supriya Pathak and Homi Wadia.

If Raakh celebrating 35 years today, here we look at some of the interesting and lesser known facts.

First film Aamir Khan made

Aamir Khan made his debut as a leading actor with that of his cousin Mansoor Khan Qayamat Se Qayamat Branch together with Juhi Chawla in 1988. The film and the music were a great success and the two debuting actors became stars. However, Aamir shot Raakh a lot earlier QSQT but it was later released.

Reason not to release Raakh first

Aamir Khan’s father, Tahir Hussain, who was also the producer of Qayamat Se Qayamat Branchdidn’t want to Raakh to be his son’s first film as a leading man. He wanted Aamir to make his debut through a conventional and massive film instead of an arthouse film like Raakh. Hence, Raakh released a year later QSQT.

Dystopian subject

Raakh is set in a dystopian world and in a city that remains unnamed. The story is based on a dark period where a young man (Aamir) is beaten by a woman Neeta (Supriya Pathak). However, his world changes, not for the better, when Neeta is raped by a local gangster and he is forced to take revenge. To say the film was ahead of its time would be an understatement.

Real names used

In Raakh, Aamir Khan is called Aamir Hussein, which is related to his real name Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan. Pankaj Kapoor, who plays a cop, is called P Kapoor. Similarly, actress Naina Balsaver is also called Naina in the film.

First film for two other greats

Raakh was the first Hindi film for two veteran technicians: cinematographer Santosh Sivan and editor A Sreekar Prasad.

National Awards triumph

Raakh won three national awards: Best Supporting Actor for Pankaj Kapur, Special Mention for Aamir Khan and Best Editing for A Sreekar Prasad. Winning a National Award so early in his career was quite an achievement for Aamir.

Nuzhat Khan’s contribution

Aamir Khan’s cousin Nuzhat Khan worked with Aditya Bhattacharya as one of the two writers of Raakh. She also played the role of Aamir’s younger sister in the film. She has worked as a costume designer for Qayamat Se Qayamat Branch, Josh (both directed by his brother Mansoor Khan) and Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Nathe acting debut for her son Imran Khan.

Filmography of Aditya Bhattacharya

After Raakhdirector Aditya Bhattacharya has only made four films in the form of Senso Unico (1999), Dubai return (2005), Sandokan In Sicily (2009) and BMW – Bombay’s Most Wanted (2012). He played the role of one of Aamir’s friends Raakh. He also acted in a number of films such as Mandi, Rihaee, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Black Friday And Tera Kya Hoga Johnny.

The early days of Ahmed Khan

Choreographer and filmmaker Ahmed Khan played Aamir’s young friend Shaikh in the film. Before this film, he played a child actor in the classic Mr. India (1987).

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