Tamanna (1997 film)

Tamanna (Hindi: तमन्ना, translation: Desire) is a 1997 Indian drama film directed by Mahesh Bhatt. It stars Paresh Rawal, Pooja Bhatt, Sharad Kapoor and Manoj Bajpayee in the lead roles The screenplay was written by Tanuja Chandra. The story was written by Tanuja Chandra and Mahesh Bhatt. It was produced by Pooja Bhatt.

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Directed byMahesh Bhatt
Produced byPooja Bhatt
Written byMahesh Bhatt
Tanuja Chandra
StarringParesh Rawal
Pooja Bhatt
Sharad Kapoor
Manoj Bajpayee
Music byAnu Malik
CinematographyBhushan Patel
Edited bySanjay Sankla
Pooja Bhatt Productions
Distributed bySpark Films
Release date
  • 7 March 1997 (1997-03-07)
Running time
127 minutes


The year is 1975, the place is Mahim, Bombay. This is the story of Tikku (Paresh Rawal), a transgender, the only child of yesteryear Bollywood actress Nazneen Begum. She has fallen upon hard times, is virtually destitute, and is dependent on Tikku, who does make-up/hair-dressing of Bollywood actresses. When she passes away, Tikku is beside himself with grief. After the funeral, he witnesses a woman leaving a child in a garbage bin. Tikku picks up the girl, longing for human company, decides to keep her, names her Tamanna, and brings her up on his own with the help of a close friend, Saleem (Manoj Bajpayee).

When she is old enough, he arranges for her education in St. Mary's High School's hostel. When she completes school, she returns home to find Tikku in the guise of a hijra and shuns him, but subsequently relents. Then Tikku finds out that Tamanna (Pooja Bhatt) is the daughter of Ranvir Chopra, an up-and-coming politician. He tells her, and she goes to their palatial house. Watch what impact this has on the Chopra family and the excuse they have for abandoning Tamanna.[1]



Paresh Rawal was critically praised for his role as an eunuch.


This film won National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues in 1998.


The music is composed by Anu Malik with lyrics by Rahat Indori, Makhdoom Mohiuddin [2]Nida Fazli, Indeevar and Kaifi Azmi. Kumar Sanu, Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik were selected to sing the tracks. Yeh Kya Hua became a very popular song in 1997.

1"Yeh Kya Hua"Kumar Sanu, Alka YagnikRahat Indori
2"Shabke Jage Huye"Kumar SanuMakhdoom Mohiuddin
3"Uth Meri Jaan"Sonu NigamKaifi Azmi
4"Ye Aaina Jo Tumhe"Kumar SanuIndeevar
5"Shabke Jage Huye"Alka YagnikMakhdoom Mohiuddin
6"Ghar Se Masjid"Sonu NigamNida Fazli
7"Aaj Kal Meri"Alka YagnikRahat Indori


  1. "Plot summary for Tamanna". Retrieved 9 September 2008.
  2. Rekhta.org
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