This film is about Mumbai criminals, directed and produced by Ram Gopal Varma, written by Saurabh Shukla and Anurag Kashyap, Cinematography has handled by Gerard Hooper and Mazhar Kamran. Editing was done by Apurva Asrani and Bhanodaya.
J.D Chakravarthy Urmila Matondkar and Manoj Bajpayee in a lead role with supporting cast Saurabh Shukla, Shefali Shah, Paresh Rawal, Aditya Srivastava, Govind Namdev, Makrand Deshpande, Raju Mavani, Jeeva, Sushant Singh, Neeraj Vora, and Manoj Pahwa.
It was released on 3 July 1998, it was a commercial success in the box office, made on total budget ₹2 crore and it has grossed est. ₹ 15–18 crore at the Box office.
The film was won six Filmfare Awards for Best Movie, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Editing, Best Sound Recording, and Best Background Score and Four Star Screen Awards including Best Supporting Actor to Manoj Bajpayee, Best Supporting Actress to Shefali Shah, Best Screenplay to Saurabh Shukla and Anurag Kashyap, Special Jury Award to J.D.Chakravarthy and Manoj Bajpayee also won National Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Sandeep Chowta was composed of the background score and music was composed by Vishal Bhardwaj, and lyrics were written by Gulzar and the Album has six songs including one instrumental. Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Suresh Wadkar, Mano, Hariharan, and Bhupinder Singh give their beautiful voice for the songs.
J.D Chakravarthy was brilliant, Manoj Bajpayee gives an excellent performance as Bhiku Mhatre. Urmila is incredibly refreshing as the innocent girl next door with the usual handicapped Dad and perennially miserable Mom. Govind Namdeo was brilliant as Bhau.
The movie was based on a young orphaned guy named Satya(J.D Chakravarthy) who comes to Mumbai in search of a job, who tries to live fife honestly and make a fair living, he finds a job but his life is turned upside when he gets in trouble with the egoistic local goon who beats him and throw him into a jail, where he meets gangster Bhiku Mhatre (Manoj Bajpayee)who forced him to enter the underworld afterward he finds financial success, friendship and love he tries to run away and return to his previous simple world, he finds out that all doors are closed for him.