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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Incomplete Dus

In 1997, a movie called Dus was being made. Unfortunately, the director, Mukul S. Anand, passed away during the direction. The producer tried to continue with another director, but the movie was Anand's project, and thus was never completed. In my opinion, this movie would have been really really good, and I wish it had been released. The cast is rocking, and it's really upsetting that the movie was left almost half-way through.

Information about Mukul S. Anand:

Mukul S. Anand made his debut as a director with the suspense thriller Kanoon Kya Karega (1984) which was inspired by the Hollywood film Cape Fear. He then directed Aitbaar (1985) which was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's classic Dial M for Murder. The film which first brought him recognition was the epic film Sultanat(1986), a film which brought together real-life father and son Dharmendra and Sunny Deol and introduced actress Juhi Chawla.

He then directed a few other films which did not do well until he won acclaim for the Scarface-inspired crime thriller Agneepath (1990) with Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role which won Amitabh a National Award for Best Actor. His next notable film was the family drama Hum (1991) also with Bachchan in the lead which was a huge success. He worked with Bachchan again for the final time in the epic film Khuda Gawah (1992) which won him the Filmfare Best Director Award. His last completed film was Trimurti (1995) which had a multi starcast including Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor and Shahrukh Khan but failed to do well at the box office becoming one of his biggest flops. The last film he was working on at the time of his death was the much-hyped action adventure film Dus which remained incomplete and unreleased after his death although the film's music did end up releasing.


Information about Dus (1997)

The storyline was intended to have been about terrorism and how an anti-terrorist intelligence officer Captain Raja Sethi (Sanjay Dutt) who is part of a secret organisation known as Force 10 is sent on a mission to find an Afghan terrorist named Nasheman (Raveena Tandon in her first negative role). After he is captured and tortured by Nasheman and her right hand man Mast Gul (Rahul Dev), his partner Captain Jeet Sharma (Salman Khan) is sent to rescue him. However by now Raja Sethi is brainwashed by Mast Gul in believing his country and his friends has abandoned him and he too turns to terrorism. He also develops a love hate relationship with Nasheman. Shilpa Shetty played Salman's love interest and a journalist covering the story of the mission. Vinod Khanna played an army general.

Production and Abandonment

The shooting of the film began in Utah. The scenes in Utah were to have depicted scenes of Kashmir which was the major setting of the film. The action scenes leading up to the climax were the first scenes being shot form May to August 1997. The scenes that were filmed included Captain Raja Sethi (Sanjay Dutt) and Captain Jeet Sharma (Salman Khan) rescuing the prime minister of Pakistan from an assassination attempt by Mast Gul (Rahul Dev).

40% of the shooting had been completed by August 1997 and when Mukul S. Anand suddenly died on September 7 1997, the film was abandoned never to be completed or released. However some promo videos and clips of the film can be seen on Mukul S. Anand's official website as well as other information about the film's production, the screenplay and the music.


The music of this film was composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy who made their debut as music directors with this film. Although the film was never released, the album was released while the film was still in production. There were seven songs composed for the film which were:

  • "Dus"
  • "Hindustani"
  • "Sur Mile Hain
  • "Mahiya"
  • "Chandni Roop Ki"
  • "Piya"
  • "Dus" (version 2)


In 2005 Nitin Manmohan the co producer of Dus released a new action thriller film titled Dus in which Sanjay Dutt and Shilpa Shetty from the original cast returned. This film also had the same premise of terrorism but otherwise was an altogether different film.

More Sanjay Dutt info @ www.sanjay-dutt.info/3.html
Official Mukul S. Anand Site @ http://www.mukulsananddreamsgalore.com/


  1. I had no idea there was a different Dus at one time! You're right, it does seem like it would have been an interesting film. The two actors look like they had good chemistry. Hm.

  2. Yeah Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan have made other movies that I really like together, like Saajan and Chal Mere Bhai. Actually I was working on the movie list, which is on the bottom of this blog, and so was on IMDb on Salman Khan's page trying to refresh my memory about movies, and then saw Dus from 1995. That sparked a Google search, which sparked this post. I wish the movie got released =/

  3. i wanted to see this movie soooo bad, esp. after i saw the song 'hindustani', it really blows it didn;t get completed. i would have love to seen Raveena Tandon in the negetive role!

  4. ^^^Totally agreed...I also like the Tu To Jaane Na song. Hindustani was and still is to some extent a pretty hit song, and Raveena in a negative role would have been interesting. I wish it came out yaar.

  5. I miss Mukul S. Anand even today..
    He was a great craftsman who saw peaks of both success and failure. Hats off to that genius showman.

    Wish his children, Mikhail and Alishka, a life full of joy and success in whatever they aspire and do.


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