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1993 178’ col/scope Hindi d/p Yash Chopra pc Yash-Raj Films st/sc Honey Irani dial Javed Siddiqui lyr Anand Bakshi c Manmohan Singh m Shiv-Hari lp Sunny Deol, Juhi Chawla, Shah Rukh Khan, Annu Kapoor, Tanvi Azmi, Raj Hans, Neena Softa, Piloo Wadia, Vikas Anand, Dalip Tahil, Anupam Kher

The valiant Naval officer Sunil (Deol) is to marry the beautiful Kiran (Chawla). The problem, contextualising most of the film, is that she is stalked by the shadowy figure of the psychotic Rahul (Khan). Complicating the problem is the fact that Rahul is the son of Sunil’s superior in the Navy (Tahil). The film claims to introduce an emotion overlooked in the romance genre: fear. In the process it dwells, sometimes effectively, on numerous noir conventions including that of the murderous villain’s gaze being replicated by the camera’s POV, putting the viewer in the position of the murderous voyeur. The film continued Shah Rukh Khan’s exploration of ‘negative’ roles considered taboo for leading men (cf. Baazigar, also 1993). It had one major song hit, Jadoo teri nazar.