Kisna: The Warrior Poet

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Kisna: The Warrior Poet
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySubhash Ghai
Written bySubhash Ghai (Dialogue)
Screenplay bySubhash Ghai
Sachin Bhowmick
Farrukh Dhondy
Story bySubhash Ghai
Produced bySubhash Ghai
StarringVivek Oberoi
Antonia Bernath
Isha Sharvani
Amrish Puri
Zarina Wahab
CinematographyAshok Mehta
Edited bySubhash Ghai
Music byA.R. Rahman (Songs)
Ismail Darbar (Songs)
A.R. Rahman (Background Score)
Distributed byMukta Arts Pvt.Ltd
Release date
  • 21 January 2005 (2005-01-21)
Running time
171 minutes
Budget 250 Millions[1]
Box office 9.2 Millions[2]

Kisna: The Warrior Poet is a 2005 Indian Hindi-language period romance film written, edited, produced and directed by Subhash Ghai and starring Vivek Oberoi (who plays the title role), Antonia Bernath, and Isha Sharvani. The musical film is set in the British India of the tumultuous 1940s when Indian nationalists fighting for the country's independence rose up as one, urging the British Raj to leave. It is a love story about two people who are torn between Karma (the noble deed) and Dharma (the duty). The film has two veteran composers, A. R. Rahman and Ismail Darbar; the lyrics were written by Javed Akhtar. The film marked Amrish Puri's last appearance as he had not signed or acted in any film after it before dying on 12 January 2005. The film, however, did not perform well at the box office. The film was premiered in the Marché du Film section of the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.[3][4]


Lady Catherine, a wealthy British woman, arrives in India to donate Rs 3500 Crores to charity as part of India's Republic Day Celebrations. Before she can hand over the money, she requests a visit to Devprayag, where India's 2 great rivers Bhagirathi and Alaknanda meet to form the mighty Ganges River. At Devprayag, Lady Catherine remembers her childhood and narrates her story to the small crowd, which includes a journalist.

Catherine was born in India in 1930, to British citizens living in the country. She had a privileged and peaceful upbringing. In 1935, a young Catherine befriends Kisna, a local village boy, and the two share a joyous friendship. Upon learning of this, Catherine's father forcefully sends her back to England.

In 1947, during the Independence Struggle, Catherine comes back to India on holidays and again meets Kisna. Their childhood friendship is rekindled and over time the feelings slowly develop into love. Their relationship is tested by the fact that they seemingly belong to the opposite sides of India's struggle for freedom. Kisna also reveals that he is engaged to be married to Lakshmi.

There is growing resentment against colonialism and Catherine finds herself being targeted by an enraged mob of Indian nationalists. She is protected by Kisna, who faces backlash from his family and community, who were part of the mob. Kisna is torn between his friendship and love for Catherine, and his duty to his country and the hatred of the British Raj. Kisna takes it upon himself to escort Catherine to the British High Commission, where safe passage back to England can be arranged for her. The trip reaffirms their love for each other but Kisna is ultimately forced to choose between his feelings for Catherine and his duty to his country. He chooses the latter and the pair bid an emotional farewell to each other.

In the present, it is revealed that Kisna married Lakshmi, and fulfilled his duties to his wife and country, but always loved Catherine till his death. His last wish was for his ashes to be spread at Devprayag, the place where first love blossomed between him and Catherine. Catherine's last wish is also for her ashes to be spread at Devprayag, so that, even though they both married different people, she and Kisna can be together forever.



The film was shot on sync sound under the direction of Dilip Subramaniam at Ranikhet on a budget of Rs.250 million ($5.48 million).[1] Award-winning cinematographer Ashok Mehta, action director Tinu Verma, choreographer Saroj Khan, and production designer/art director Samir Chanda round out the crew.

Kisna: The Warrior Poet has two versions. A two-hour English version for the international market while the Hindi version will be a regular three-hour feature film with songs and dances.


Kisna: The Warrior Poet
Soundtrack album by
Released6 December 2004 (India)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelTips Music
ProducerA. R. Rahman
Ismail Darbar
A. R. Rahman chronology
Kisna: The Warrior Poet
Ismail Darbar chronology
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Kisna: The Warrior Poet

Subhash Ghai combined the musical talent of A. R. Rahman and Ismail Darbar to create the soundtrack. Ghai roped in his usual associate Rahman originally, but had to sign in Ismail Darbar to complete the project as Rahman was busy with the works of The Lord of the Rings.[1] Ghai says: "Rahman was my original choice because it is an international project and I wanted both the festive and soulful element of Indian music. However, he was busy with the Lord of Rings and excused (himself saying) that he won't be able to do the whole album. So he has done the theme song and the English song. Then I asked Ismail to do the rest because apart from Rahman he has the knowledge and ability to fuse Western and Indian classical music. The way he has used Ustad Rashid Khan's voice in "Kahe Ujare Mori Neend" is really captivating. The music has turned out so well that you can't distinguish an Ismail song from a Rahman one".[1]

The soundtrack got excellent reviews and was immensely praised. The lyrics were penned by Javed Akhtar. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 12,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's twelfth highest-selling.[5]

# Song Artist(s) Composer
2 "Kisna Theme I" Instrumental A. R. Rahman
4 "Hum Hain Iss Pal Yahan" Udit Narayan, Madhushree A. R. Rahman
5 "Woh Kisna Hai" Sukhwinder Singh, S. Shailaja, Ismail Darbar, Ayesha Darbar Ismail Darbar
6 "Tu Itni Pagli Kyun Hai" Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Ismail Darbar Ismail Darbar
7 "Chilman Uthegi Nahin" Alka Yagnik, Hariharan Ismail Darbar
9 "Wohi Din Aa Gaya" Alka Yagnik, Sukhwinder Singh Ismail Darbar
10 "Aham Brahmasmi" Alka Yagnik, Sukhwinder Singh Ismail Darbar
11 "Kahe Ujadi Mori Neend" Ustad Rashid Khan Ismail Darbar
8 "Ga Tu Aisi Dhun Mein Ga" Ismail Darbar, Ayesha Darbar, Kailash Kher Ismail Darbar
3 "Kisna Theme II" Instrumental A. R. Rahman
12 "My Wish Comes True" Sunitha Sarathy A. R. Rahman
1 "Kisna Theme" (Chorus) Chorus, Instrumental A. R. Rahman


  • The film was Amrish Puri's last released film 9 days after his death on 12 January 2005.[6]
  • Sushmita Sen made a special appearance as Naima Begum in the song Chilman Uthegi Nahin.


  1. ^ a b c d "Back with a big budget dream". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 6 April 2005. Retrieved 21 January 2005.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ "Kisna: The Warrior Poet (2005) - IMDb".
  3. ^ "Entertainment / Cinema : Indian films a 'nonentity' at Cannes". The Hindu. 19 May 2005. Archived from the original on 10 January 2016.
  4. ^ "The Hindu : Entertainment Bangalore / Cinema : Cannes premier for Naina". Archived from the original on 4 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008.
  6. ^ "Late Amrish Puri's last film ready for release". Realbollywood. Archived from the original on 21 August 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2006.

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