Virasat (1997 film)


DVD cover
Directed by Priyadarshan
Produced by Mushir-Riaz
Screenplay by Vinay Shukla
Story by Kamal Haasan
Based on Thevar Magan
by Bharathan
Starring Anil Kapoor
Amrish Puri
Pooja Batra
Milind Gunaji
Govind Namdeo
Music by Songs:
Anu Malik
Background Score:
S. P. Venkatesh
Cinematography Ravi K. Chandran
Edited by N. Gopalakrishnan
Distributed by M. R. Productions Pvt Ltd
Release dates
30 May 1997 (India)
Running time
168 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Virasat (English: Inheritance) is a 1997 Indian Hindi film, directed by Priyadarshan. The story was adapted from the Tamil film Thevar Magan. Mushir-Riaz duo produced the film. It starred Anil Kapoor, Tabu, Amrish Puri, Pooja Batra, Milind Gunaji and Govind Namdeo. The music was composed by Anu Malik and S. P. Venkatesh, with the former composing the songs and the latter composing the score. The film marked the comeback for Priyadarshan in Hindi cinema.[1] Music director Annu Malik reused some of the original tunes of Ilaiyaraaja from Thevar Magan.


After completing his studies in London, Shakti Thakur (Anil Kapoor) returns to his ancestral village in India. Accompanying him is his girlfriend, Anita (Pooja Batra), whom he is in love with and wants to marry, much to the disapproval of his family. After a few days, Shakti starts to feel that nothing much has changed in his hometown and longs to leave. He tells his father that he wants to sell his share of the family's property and open a restaurant. His father, the zamindar Raja Thakur (Amrish Puri), urges Shakti to stay in the village and help it progress by virtue of the latter's education, saying "A man gets an education not to become a selfish being but to uplift his uneducated brothers and society". Shakti disagrees with his father and decides to leave. He is unable to bear the animosity amongst the townspeople, particularly between his dad, Raja Thakur (Amrish Puri), and rival Zamindar Birju (Govind Namdeo) (Shakti's uncle).

When Anita leaves town to meet her parents, Shakti wants to follow her; his plans change suddenly when his father passes away, and the region is ravaged by unprecedented natural calamities. At this moment Shakti realizes that his village needs him more than anyone else, and that with his modern education he can bring progress to his backward village. During one of his attempts to solve the village's problem he meets village belle, Gehna (Tabu). By a twist of destiny, Shakti has to marry Gehna in order to save her from disgrace. Anita returns to find that nothing is the same anymore. She finds that Shakti has turned from her lover to a mature and responsible family man, for whom his village's progress is everything. She returns home.

The film depicts the true meaning of education as "a tool to uplift uneducated people".



National Award

Filmfare Awards

Virasat was nominated for nine categories at the Filmfare awards and won seven of them. The awards it won are in bold.


# Title Singer(s) Length
1 "Payalay Chunmun" Kumar Sanu, K. S. Chithra 06:50
2 "Tare Hain Barati" Kumar Sanu, Jaspinder Narula 06:33
3 "Jayengi Pee Ke" Abhijeet, Anuradha Sriram, Anu Sriram 06:31
4 "Ek Tha Raja" Hariharan 03:52
5 "Sun Mausa Sun" Vinod Rathod 06:45
6 "Dhol Bajne Laga" Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy 07:00
7 "Payalay Chunmun (Female)" K. S. Chithra 02:16


  1. "Ravi reveals all". The Times of India. 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
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