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Dastak (1996)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 29 November 1996 (India)
A mentally unstable genius and his obsession for the Miss Universe makes him so possessive that he begins to kill people around her in order to come close to her. He succeeds in kidnapping her and keeps her in confinement.


Mahesh Bhatt


Vikram Bhatt




Cast overview:
Sushmita Sen ... Sushmita Sen
Mukul Dev ... ACP Rohit Malhotra
Sharad S. Kapoor ... Sharad Sule (as Sharad Kapoor)
Bhavna Datta Bhavna Datta ... Neena (Sushmita's friend)
Vishwajeet Pradhan ... Inspector Bhupinder Singh (Bhupi)
Tiku Talsania ... Professor Philip Fernandes
Manoj Bajpayee ... Seychelles Inspector Avinash Bannerjee (as Manoj Bajpai)
Sunil Dhawan ... (as Sunil Dhavan)
Daya Shankar Pandey ... (as Dayashankar Pandey)
Akhil Akhil
Anupam Shyam
Randhawa Randhawa ... (as Randhava)
Abbas Ali Moghul Abbas Ali Moghul ... (as Abbas)
Haniif Sheikh Haniif Sheikh ... (as Hanif)


Dastak is a story of a mentally unstable genius (Sharad Kapoor) and his obsession for the Miss Universe (Sushmita Sen). His unparalleled obsession makes him so possessive about her that he begins to kill people around her so that he can come close to her. Sharad Kapoor succeeds in kidnapping her and keeping her in confinement but ultimately she succeeds in getting herself free from his obsessive clutches. Mukul Dev plays the role of a police officer who tries to rescue Sushmita Sen from Sharad Kapoor. Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Nice movie but the theme is to tried and tested in Bollywood

Dastak stars the gorgeous beauty queen Sushmita Sen in her debut. She plays herself in this 3 hour long melodrama and surprisingly gives a heart touching performance.

In the first half, Sush looked glamorous and had nothing to do but display her glorious stardom. It is only in the second half that her histrionics and acting talent come to the fore. She was superb in the climax.

As for Sharad Kapoor, you can't really tell if he's a good actor or not. Because his role is modelled after Shah Rukh Khan in Darr. Pretty much, he does a repeat of SRK's outbursts and craziness, just cut out the stuttering part.

As for Mukul Dev, the less said the better. He remains wooden throughout the movie and does nothing substantial to prove his worth in his debut. But I guess, it's a heroine-centric film. So obviously he was made to act that way.

The movie was quite good but the theme is very tried and tested in Bollywood. Didn't we see the obsessive lover track tried billion times in Bollywood before in Darr, Daraar, Agnisakshi, Anjaam and Yaraana?

Overall, a nice movie with good songs. 'Jaadu bhari aankhon wali suno' and 'Tume kaise main baataon' are the best tracks in this film. Please watch it for Sush and the songs. You won't be disappointed at least with her!

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