28th January 2024: The classic film ‘Khal Nayak,’ featuring Sanjay Dutt in the lead role, stands as the pinnacle of Subhash Ghai’s directorial success. However, the journey to its release was marred by numerous controversies, ranging from Sanjay Dutt’s legal troubles to the uproar over the song ‘Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai.’ Despite facing challenges, the film eventually made its way to the theaters, becoming a significant chapter in Bollywood history. Recently, Subhash Ghai opened up about the tumultuous controversies surrounding ‘Khalnayak.’
In a candid interview, Subhash Ghai, the director of the iconic anti-hero film, shared insights into the controversies that swirled around the film’s release. Addressing the impact of Sanjay Dutt’s arrest on the movie, Ghai revealed, “Sanjay Dutt’s arrest did not significantly affect the film’s production, but it stirred a lot of media attention. I felt deeply saddened by his imprisonment. At that time, the entire film had already been shot, except for the court scene, which was filmed during his arrest in 1993 when he faced charges of illegal weapon possession.”
Ghai also shed light on the uproar surrounding the hit song ‘Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai’ from ‘Khalnayak.’ Despite its popularity, the song sparked controversy due to perceived obscenity in its lyrics. The director faced substantial backlash, with 32 political units protesting against him. Ghai expressed, “The most challenging situation arose due to the song ‘Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai.’ It was labeled as ‘obscene,’ leading to demonstrations and protests by 32 political units. Accusations were made, even suggesting that I was promoting terrorism. I urged the protesters to watch the film first before passing judgment, emphasizing the need for a fair assessment.”
Released in 1993, ‘Khalnayak’ featured stellar performances not only from Sanjay Dutt but also from Madhuri Dixit and Jackie Shroff in pivotal roles. Despite the controversies, the film’s impact on Indian cinema and its enduring popularity have solidified its place as a Bollywood classic.